BUILDING on the success of the H1 luxury wagon in petrol form that was launched in March last year - and obviously keeping a close eye on the coming soccer World Cup - Hyundai on Monday launched their new H1 diesel.
Just like its predecessor it is aimed primarily at the hospitality industry and is an ideal way of moving guests around, transporting them to and from the airport or perhaps even using it for day tours.
Importantly, though, with the H1 Hyundai has married practicality with luxury and the result is a vehicle that performs as well as it looks.
When Mong-Koo Chung took over the Hyundai dynasty in 1999 from his father, Ju-Yung, he placed enormous importance on product quality and customer satisfaction - something that is now paying dividends.
Not only the H1, but the majority of Hyundai vehicles, provide an ever-improving comfort level and reliability.
Back to the H1! Three rows of seats provide comfortable seating for 7 passengers plus the driver - eight passengers at a squeeze - and no matter which row of seats you find yourself in the ride is spacious and comfortable.
Leather upholstery, air conditioner (with vents for passengers in the rear), radio-CD and alloy wheels combine to offer an attractive proposition.
The 2,5-litre engine is more than willing. Admittedly there were only two of us in the vehicle at the launch, with no luggage - but one gets the impression that even with a full load the H1 will be up to the task.
Pumping out 120kW the five-speed automatic gearbox proved smooth and is nicely positioned for easy access.
In fact, all the essential dials, buttons and switches are clearly identified and easy to use.
If you are transporting the maximum of eight passengers you better have plenty of luggage room, and with the H1 it's an impressive 850 litres, which should be ample.
Sure, the H1 is a big vehicle, but with the responsive power steering and rear park distance control, parking is a breeze.
It really does handle like a sedan but offers the owner many more alternatives and opportunities.