2005 Hyundai Tiburon

  • 2005 Hyundai Tiburon Base Coupe

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      2.7L V6
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2005 Hyundai Tiburon Review

Elegant styling on the inside and outside for a low price, but its gas-guzzling V-6 makes it less than ideal for a coupe.

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The 2005 Hyundai Tiburon is a second-generation compact coupe manufactured by the South Korean carmaker. The coupe debuted in 1996 and sold as the Turbulence and Tuscani in its home market and as Hyundai Coupe in Europe. The Tiburon badge shows up in other markets, including the U.S.

The second generation of the Tiburon began in 2002 after the first generation got discontinued the same year. This generation marks the introduction of the V-6 engine along with an increased size and wheelbase. The 2005 Hyundai Tiburon has received a facelift and a reshuffled model lineup, along with some new additions to the interior and exterior.

The Range

Body Styles: coupe
Engines: 2.0-liter straight-four Beta II CVVT, 2.7-liter Delta V-6
Transmissions: four-speed automatic, five-speed manual, six-speed manual
Models: Hyundai Tiburon GS, Hyundai Tiburon GT, Hyundai Tiburon SE

What's New

The Tiburon’s trim levels have changed along with some minor alterations to the exterior and interior. The exterior changes include a lower fascia, a new grille, fog lights and headlights, a new badge, and new taillights. It also comes with revised side garnish and renewed side mirrors.

The interior changes include a new overhead console, floor mats, air vent controls, and seat cloth. The six-speed manual gearbox coupes get a new gearshift knob.


The exterior of the 2005 Hyundai Tiburon combines straight and curved lines. The coupe has a high belt line and a steeply raked back window and windshield. The GT comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, while the SE gets a high-deck spoiler. Overall, the Tiburon gives a sense of sportiness and power, although it does not deliver much of a sporty performance.


The 2005 Hyundai Tiburon supposedly fits four people. In front, the low seats make entry and exit a chore. The cabin design gives a very claustrophobic feel, but even tall drivers and passengers can feel comfortable once they give it time. The rear seats prove even more difficult to enter and exit. Anyone over five feet has to be careful not to hit the roof and the rear window.

Despite the slightly packed cabin space, a number of amenities make life better for the driver and passengers inside the 2005 Hyundai Tiburon. The coupe comes with automatic air-conditioning and a stereo system in the base model. The high-end SE model features aluminum pedals and a Kenwood MP3 and stereo system.

Performance & Handling

The base model Tiburon GS comes with a two-liter, straight-four engine that delivers 138 hp and mates to a five-speed manual (standard) or a four-speed automatic gearbox. The GT and SE models receive a more powerful 2.7-liter, V-6 engine that delivers 172 hp of power along with a five-speed manual gearbox or a four-speed automatic gearbox. The SE comes with a six-speed manual gearbox.

The rated power of both engines seems adequate. However, you should not expect an extremely sporty performance from either of them. The performance model of Tiburon seems out of place and very bouncy when driven on rough roads. While the car does not veer off course, the bouncing does not instill too much confidence in the driver.

Overall, the 2005 Hyundai Tiburon offers impressive handling characteristics. The GT coupe feels very easy to turn and maneuver, even around some tight corners. The coupe seems quite stable on the highway as well, but it does not corner at highway curves as easily as other coupes in its class. While the gearbox seems a little too stiff at times, the clutch feels smooth. Gear changes in manual prove a little problematic because the engine remains too quiet at times.


The 2005 Hyundai Tiburon comes with side-impact airbags mounted on the seat as a standard feature. Anti-lock brakes come as an optional safety feature for the GT and as a standard feature on the top-end SE model.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has conducted tests on the Tiburon with its straight-four engine. The coupe receives full marks in frontal-impacts for driver safety and four out of five stars for passenger safety. The Tiburon also earns four out of five stars for rollover safety.

EPA Fuel Economy

Hyundai Tiburon GS: 21/28 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Tiburon GT: 17/24 mpg city/highway
Hyundai Tiburon SE: 16/24 mpg city/highway

You'll Like

  • Simple but beautiful interior
  • Generous equipment, even in the base model
  • Competitive pricing
  • Long warranty
  • Predictable handling
  • Lots of power from the V-6

You Won't Like

  • Heavier than competitors
  • Low fuel economy

Sum Up

Elegant styling on the inside and outside for a low price, but its gas-guzzling V-6 makes it less than ideal for a coupe.

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