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2004 Hyundai XG350 Review
Fashionable features over tight handling.
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The 2004 Hyundai XG350 comes at a competitive price and offers a good range of standard features that make it a compelling choice for potential purchasers. In comparison with other midsize sedans from European or Japanese manufacturers, this Hyundai provides a real bargain.
Hyundai introduced the XG350 in 2002 as a replacement for its XG300 model. The four-door family style sedan seats up to five people comfortably. Its predecessor, the XG300, marked the flagship of this Korean car manufacturer and aimed to show the world that Hyundai could make more than just economy cars.
Over the past few years Hyundai has elevated its status in the North American market, and sales have risen steadily as car buyers begin to take the manufacturer more seriously. A huge attraction remains Hyundai's well-publicized warranty which extends to include an incredible number of years or miles, depending on which comes first. The 2004 Hyundai XG350 deserves a look if you want a used, mid-range sedan.
The Hyundai XG350 includes a large amount of standard equipment, contains a decent size engine, and offers a spacious interior all at a competitive price. Although it competes in the mainstream market, part of its difficulty stems from the somewhat different styling which makes it less than appealing to many buyers.
It looks a lot more stylish than many other Hyundai models and gives a very comfortable and soft ride similar to that of the Maxima or Camry. It has precise steering and proves very easy to drive. Legroom in the back remains adequate unless you happen to sit in the center. It has pretty good headroom apart from the moonroof. The dash looks very easy to read and nicely styled. The trunk is a reasonable size but not particularly deep.
Engines: 3.5-liter V-6
Transmissions: five-speed automatic
Models: Hyundai XG350, Hyundai XG350 L
Other than some minor cosmetic enhancements, the Hyundai XG350 stays basically the same for 2004. The front exterior gets fog lights and the rear exterior has a license plate housed inside the deck lid instead of the bumper. In the interior, the XG350 has a wood grain of a light tone trim, a new sound system, and recessed restraints for child seats. Mechanically, a trunk lid lifted by struts and larger brake rotors comprise the only changes. Every XG350 also comes with a full-scale spare.
The appearance of the 2004 Hyundai XG350 looks very formal. The new model features a new grille, new headlights, projection fog lights, and new 12-spoke wheels. The XG350 has plenty of room to seat five and comes fully loaded with numerous standard features. These include Michelin tires, 15-inch alloy wheels, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS, and projector beam headlights.
The interior includes front bucket seats and a rear bench seat capable of seating three people. The features include leather upholstery, power windows, power mirrors, a six-speaker CD-player stereo, cruise control, keyless remote entry, power driver and passenger seats, air-conditioning, and a trip computer. Choosing the L trim brings a steering wheel that comes leather-wrapped with real-looking faux wood inserts, a power moonroof, a memory driver's seat, heated front seats, memory exterior mirrors, and an electrochromic rear-view mirror. This is an awful lot of car for the money, and its competitors include the Toyota Camry, Toyota Avalon, and Nissan Maxima.
Performance & Handling
The 2004 XG350 comes in two different trim levels: the base and the L, both of which contain a 3.5-liter, six-cylinder engine that gives 194 hp and 216 lb-ft of torque. This provides plenty of acceleration and power for a car of this size. All models come with automatic five-speed transmissions with manual shifting provision fitted standardly. The EPA estimates fuel economy at 15/24 mpg city/highway or 19 mpg combined.
In spite of this, it still looks like a classy and elegant car, albeit a little old-fashioned. It remains quiet and smooth to drive, and the numerous standard features make it very attractive. The five-speed automatic transmission feels smooth and easy to operate. It's not as good on corners as it does have a very soft suspension, but does well on long-distance drives. However, fuel economy suffers a bit due to the heaviness of the car (as Korean cars use heavier suspension systems and engine blocks to help cut costs).
Standard safety features include all-disc anti-lock brakes, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, and front and side-impact airbags for the driver and passenger.
EPA Fuel Economy
Hyundai XG350 L: 15/24 mpg city/highway
- Excellent warranty
- Abundant standard features
- Elegant interior materials
- Low price
You Won't Like
- Confusing transmission
- Dated styling
- Flimsy handling
Fashionable features over tight handling.
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