Hyundai Veracruz: Things That Make You go, "Hmmmm"
January 28, 2008
The big question: Is this Hyundai Veracruz as "nice" as the Lexus RX 350 upon which it was benchmarked? My initial (apprehensive) impressions may be found in this first drive, but some more time behind the wheel of our new 2008 Hyundai Veracruz has provided mixed results.
I'm not particularly fond of the ride. Over smooth pavement, the ride is quiet and, well, smooth. Presented with seams or recently created potholes, the Veracruz gets all stiff-legged and boomy. The ride remains within tolerable levels, but the steering shudders slightly and the sound the suspension transmits into the cabin reminds me that I'm not in a Lexus.
Also, I've noticed the air-con pump makes a groaning sound that varies with the speed of the engine. The whirrrrRRRRRRrrrr is especially evident at parking lot speeds where there's little else to be heard, and disappears when the A/C is shut off. The engine is so quiet that it's sometimes difficult to tell if it's running which makes the groan so noticeable. I popped the hood to see if the serpentine belt was loose, but the compressor is buried so deep that I couldn't see if the belt was slipping. Next time it goes in for service, we'll make sure the system is not mal-adjusted.
Chris Walton, Chief Road Test Editor @ 3,684 miles