Hyundai Trajet (2000-2008)

Budget MPVs come no more affordable than here, but don't be blinded by the attractive used values, because running costs can be high. Fuel and maintenance costs can be wallet-wilting and despite the fact that a five-year warranty was standard, the Trajet isn't always as reliable as you'd hope. Refinement also leaves a lot to be desired - but despite all this, the Trajet is a lot of car for the money.

Key Dates

6/00: The Trajet debuts, with a 2.0-litre petrol engine only.

1/01: There's now a 2.7-litre V6 petrol engine also offered.

6/01: A 2.0-litre turbodiesel joins the range.

2/02: All models get dual air-con as standard, apart from the 2.0 petrol which has to wait another year.

6/04: A facelift brings a new radiator grille, fresh rear lights, a revised dash and extra standard equipment. There's also a new engine for the 2.0-litre petrol model.

Hyundai Trajet (2000-2008) Checklist

  • Alternators can fail prematurely because they're badly misaligned.
  • Manual gearboxes can prove weak, and replacement costs are high.
  • Anti-lock brake sensors can fail (an MoT failure)
  • The front suspension top mounts can fail, leading to the car collapsing.
  • The interior trim can prove fragile.
  • Windscreen wiper mechanisms sometimes prove to be weak.
  • Check servicing costs before buying; franchised dealers can be costly.
  • Front tyres don't wear well because of the weight over the front axle.
  • Brake discs also wear quickly because of the car's weight.

We Like

  • Value
  • Space
  • Practicality

We Don't Like

  • Thirsty petrol engines
  • Cheap interior plastics
  • Poor refinement