The 2002 Hyundai XG350 marks an enormous improvement among the Korean manufacturer’s lineup. Maintaining an attitude of commitment, it debuted the previous year as the flagship Hyundai model with hopes of gaining popularity. The sedan aims to achieve a status beyond the normal ""cheap alternative"" automobile to attract consumers attention. It's now a worthy competitor in the segment and deserves serious consideration.
The 2002 Hyundai XG350 is loaded with amenities, such as air-conditioning, Michelin tires, and four-wheel ABS disc brakes. The L models have a leather-wrapped steering wheel that has faux wood inserts, memory driver’s seat, electrochromatic rearview mirror, heated front seats, and memory exterior mirrors.
Body Styles: sedan
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai XG350, Hyundai XG350 L
The Hyundai XG300 is now called the XG350 as it bumps up the engine size by half a liter. Horsepower goes up to 194, while an additional 39 lb-ft of torque provides quick acceleration.
The 2002 Hyundai XG350 has an elegant appearance that is much more formal than the Sonata. The projection fog lights and slatted grille are only a few exterior features that make it stand out in the segment. Other standard interior features include vertical backup lamps, wide waistline moldings, rear defogger, intermittent wipers, and 16-inch alloy wheels. The sole base model option is a power moonroof, which comes standard on the L model. Additionally, it has a full-size temporary spare tire included. The wheelbase is 108.3 inches, and overall length extends to 191.5 inches.
The 2002 Hyundai XG350 is spacious and comfortable while seating five occupants. The front bucket seats and a three-place rear bench seat makes up the seating arrangements. Leather seats are standard with wood grain trim filling the cabin. The rear seatback splits to offer more cargo space when folded down, and total cargo capacity available is 14.5 cubic feet, which is reasonable among sedans of similar size. The front console has storage, front doors have pockets, and the front seatbacks have storage pockets as well. Twelve-volt power outlets situate in the front for additional accessory power capabilities.
The 2002 Hyundai XG350 has standard interior features that include power front seats, air-conditioning with automatic-temperature control, remote keyless entry, and a six-speaker CD/cassette stereo. Both models have a six-speaker audio system, trip computer, low-fuel warning, front reading lights, passenger illuminated vanity mirror, and cruise control rounding out the loaded list of standard interior equipment. The steering wheel has the controls for cruise and radio. The upper-level L model adds tilt-down mirrors, a power moonroof, memory seats and mirrors, and heated front seats with a leather-wrapped steering wheel and has wood grain inserts.
Performance & Handling
The 2002 Hyundai XG350 is powered by a 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 194 horsepower with 216 lb-ft of torque. An automatic five-speed is standard and comes with a manual shifting option. The moderately-priced sedan has a smooth ride and firm independent suspension that takes care of any trouble spots in the roadway. The steering may not replicate a sports car, but it handles with preciseness through turns and curves quite well. The sedan is easy to control and drive, making it an excellent alternative to similar makes in the competition. A bonus warranty of 100,000 miles or 10 years with a substantial roadside assistance platform, which all adds to its advantage.
The 2002 Hyundai XG350 includes standard features, such as anti-lock brakes, traction control, side airbags, child seat anchors, and electronic brake force distribution. Driving lights and foglights also add to the safety features, and government safety testing results are not available. The IIHS gave it a rating of ""poor"" in head restraint/rear crash protection. The sedan received a rating of ""good"" for frontal-offset crash testing, however.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai XG350: 16/24 mpg city/highway
- Spacious cabin
- Reasonable power
- Numerous standard features
You Won't Like
- Low resale value
- Formal styling
A way to save money and break away from the norm.
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