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Hyundai re-launched its flagship luxury model recently, signalling a challenge to other, more established manufacturers.

Although minimally re-designed on the outside, the Centennial has received some major upgrades to the interior and under the hood.

The introduction of two high performance GDi engines and quality features such as a Head-Up display and a clock designed by luxury lifestyle design firm, Innes & Lister, have brought the car firmly into contention within the market segment.

Available in the Middle East with the choice of a 3.8 V6 or 5.0 V8 GDi, the Centennial certainly doesn’t want for power and this was proven on the track at Yas Island where Auto Trader had the opportunity to really put the car through its paces.

While an unusual location to test a luxury model, Hyundai are determined to prove that the car can and will compete against the likes of the Lexus 460 and the Audi A6, but be slightly easier on your pocket.

Though the car didn’t feel completely comfortable booting around hairpin bends, it did have a satisfying amount of acceleration on the straight, with more of a conservative whoosh than whaling as it sped past.

Inside the car is where the majority of changes have taken place, rear seats have been completely re-designed as that is where Hyundai expects the owner, in all likelihood, to be. The dual 9.2inch LCD rear monitor entertainment screens can be manipulated via a new Driver Information System which covers all media and climate control functions putting the passenger firmly in control of the travel experience.

The Centennial is available now with a guaranteed buy-back value, free maintenance for five years or 100,000km and a five-year/unlimited kilometre manufacturer provided warranty. Prices start from 223,000/-Dhs.

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