About the Hyundai XG350
This four-door sedan includes a lot of features for the price, but lacks in other important areas. However, it marks a valiant attempt to break into a tough and well-established market with an unusual amount of brand loyalty. The people who drive Camrys and Accords are hard to sway, and it would take a truly amazing vehicle to take any sizeable portion of sales in this car class.
This attempt by Hyundai to go somewhat upscale in the midsize sedan market has some selling points. The list of features compares well to the price, and the materials have a respectable quality. It has a nice and classy look for a car built on the Sonata platform. Hyundai vehicles offer an impressive and generous warranty, yet all this in the XG350’s favor still isn’t enough.
This means that used XG350s can be found at good prices. One of these in good condition would make a great college car or back-up vehicle. For little on the used market you can have a nice interior, possibly some warranty time left, and a whole lot of features in a decent sedan that looks good, gets decent fuel economy, and offers a safe enough ride. The XG350 seems much more recommendable as a used and discontinued midsize sedan than it was as a new model.
Some find it hard to believe that the XG350 meant to compete with entry-level offerings from Lexus, Infiniti, and Acura. It’s a good buy for the cost, but it lacks the performance and sophistication of the luxury maker’s offerings.Hyundai XG350 Features
For a car that doesn’t cost that much, the XG350 projects some class. With nice lines, and a slightly luxury-looking outward appearance, it can pull up to restaurant with class. Some call it a plain design, but sometimes a sleek, classy look doesn’t dazzle as much as it appeases.
The two available trims include base and L. The base has Projection fog lamps, wide waistline moldings, vertical back-up lamps, and alloy wheels with 16-inch tires. The L upgrades to 12-spoke wheels and adds a power sunroof. Both models use a 3.5-liter V-6 rated at 194 horsepower and 216 lb-ft of torque. The five-speed automatic transmission permits manual gear selection. This particular engine does not offer much in the way of performance. Fine for a reasonably priced pseudo-luxury sedan, the power output fails to compete with any of the other vehicles in its class. Hyundai designed the XG350 to be a reliable and well-priced car that looks good and gets the job done.
Climbing into the XG350, one can easily date its production run. It lacks a navigation system and the sound system has a cassette player and an eight-disc CD changer in the trunk. No one can hook up an iPod; it does not have a touchscreen or anything else a buyer expects from a midsize luxury sedan. Still, for the price and time period, the XG350 is alright. The wood trim adds a luxury car touch. The base model offers automatic-temperature air-conditioning, power front seats, and remote keyless entry. The XG350L adds a leather-wrapped steering wheel with wood grain inserts, tilt-down mirrors, heated front seats, and a seat/mirror memory system.
The model seats five with a rear bench seat, which folds down to add cargo space. If a buyer wants to spend well under 10,000 dollars on a reliable used sedan that looks like an entry-level luxury car, the interior of the XG350 won’t disappoint until the driver tries to play music or find his way. One can always add navigation and an up-to-date stereo to an inexpensive but nice used car.
This is not a high-performance sport sedan. It will get you places safely with anti-lock brakes, traction control, and some airbags. It will not really impress with sporty handling, acceleration, or general handling. It offers an easy, well-mannered drive, but the XG350 never emphasized performance, and it shows. To be fair, it handles precisely, especially given the original price, and it offers a comfortable enough ride for this type of vehicle.Hyundai XG350 Evolution
In 2002, Hyundai’s XG300 became the XG350. The engine changed slightly from a 3.0-liter to a 3.5-liter and added 39 lb-ft of torque to total 217, for quicker acceleration. In 2004, the XG350 received a minor facelift to the interior and exterior.