2008 Hyundai Entourage Interior
Most reviewers find the Entourage's spacious interior attractive and refined, especially for its price. Automobile.com says the interior styling is "clean and highly functional, but not record-breaking. Yet the conservatism exercised by Hyundai designers in the overall execution of the Entourage has netted a refined-looking people hauler with upscale appeal." About.com echoes, "The interior of the Entourage looks much nicer than a mid $20,000 minivan owner might expect." However, Edmunds finds that, though "[s]witchgear and interior materials are adequate," they "don't quite match the refinement of pricier vans like the Odyssey."
With 172.3 cubic feet of interior space, the Entourage's interior boasts seating for seven. Reviewers feel the first and second rows are generally comfortable, though many find the third row is a bit cramped. Of the sheer number of seats, About.com says, "For those who have a genuine need for all those seats, this is one super vehicle."
Of the driver and front passenger seats, Kelley Blue Book praises, "Front occupants get loads of head, leg and elbow room. Seat bottoms are somewhat short, but thigh support is good, and grippy fabric keeps you in place." However, though Automobile.com echoes that headroom is "more than ample," the reviewer finds legroom in the driver's seat lacking for long drives: "After several hours behind the wheel I was wishing I could move the driver's seat further rearward, allowing a little more stretch, but alas the seat had already given all it had." About.com describes the base cloth driver's seat as "comfortable and the seating position excellent. Trust me here; I was spending inhuman amounts of time in the seat between stops."
The second row captain's chairs don't disappoint either. Consumer Guide says they offer "adult-size head and leg room even with front seats fully back." The adds, "People in the second row, including the grandparents who rode in the van to Chicago, were comfortable." Cars.com appreciates that the chairs "slide fore and aft, and both are flanked by a pair of swing-down armrests..." The reviewer concludes, "There's no feeling that Hyundai has skimped. There's ample headroom, and legroom is decent for a 6-foot adult when the seat is slid back all the way." In addition to being comfortable, the second row is also kid-friendly. U.S. News reviewer Rick Newman says "kids will love the power windows in the second-row sliding doors and the second-row captain's chairs that make them feel like royalty."
The three-seat third-row bench receives mixed reviews. Consumer Guide calls it "tight," but still says it's "adult-comfortable for short trips." Edmunds, on the other hand, says "The seat is fine for children, but adults will feel the squeeze." The reviewer notes "Headroom is tight, and we suspect that's the reason the third-row bench is mounted so low to the floor." New Car Test Drive says the rear seat is "designed for small to mid-size children," but adds "it is worth noting that Hyundai measures what appears to be a generous 34 inches of third-row legroom with the second-row captain's chairs in their forward-most position. The reality is 27 inches of third-row legroom if the people in the captain's chairs insist on their maximum legroom."
U.S. News' Rick Newman is more complimentary, commenting that the third row is "spacious and comfy." However, he notes a caveat also mentioned by several others: "Folding down the second-row seats to climb into the third row is more cumbersome than in other minivans." But once the second row is folded in place, Automobile.com appreciates the Entourage's "yoga-like flexibility" when it comes to loading up passengers, "beginning with its large, power-operated rear side doors. They open wide enough to allow easy access to the third row bench once the second row seat is flipped forward."
Most reviewers say the minivan is well equipped, even in its base trim. About.com reports, "The nicely thought-out interior is plain but not in the slightest Spartan...Of course, all manner of electronic toys to keep both driver and passengers amused are available. Many are standard issue." Edmunds similarly comments, "Three trims are available, but you don't need to go crazy with the options to enjoy a generous standard features list."
Many reviewers are impressed with the standard power side windows on all trims. Automobile.com explains, "Few vans offer side windows that open at all, and I for one really appreciate having them, if only just so that the kids can wave and say bye to Grandma while were driving away." The reviewer also appreciates the dual front climate control system, which includes separate controls for second-row passengers. But the offers a warning to buyers who drive in hotter climates, commenting, "The minivan's air-conditioning system struggled in the Sacramento area's summer heat, taking many minutes to cool down a moderately hot interior, even with the setting set at full-blast."
The top-of-the-line Limited boasts "the availability of every luxury feature known to minivandom," according to Car and Driver. The Detroit News echoes "the Entourage Limited with the Ultimate package is a definitely a premium offering in the class." The Ultimate Package costs a few thousand dollars and comes with backup warning sensors, rear seat entertainment, a premium audio system, a power front passenger seat, and power adjustable foot pedals, among other luxuries. U.S. News' Rick Newman, however, doesn't like the fact that the power passenger's seat is only available as an option - and only on the most expensive trim, the Limited.
A cool standard feature is an adjustable conversation mirror, which allows "Those up front [to] carry on discussions with rearward passengers," says Automobile.com.
Located above the rear view mirror, the convex mirror also "helps the driver see what rear passengers are doing without having to turn around," says MSN. The feature was first introduced in Ford's Windstar minivan.
The 2008 Hyundai Entourage provides 32.2 cubic feet of cargo volume with all three rows of seats in use. That expands to 80.2 cubic feet with the 60/40-split third row seats folded into the floor, and a maximum of 141.5 cubic feet with the second-row seats pivoted forward or removed. Cars.com notes that though these are "the same cargo dimensions as the Sedona, the Entourage falls slightly behind the majority of other minivan models, but the difference is likely to go unnoticed by most drivers."
Reviewers find cargo space impressive even with all seats up. Kelley Blue Book says, "The deep cargo well holds plenty." However, the capacity isn't exactly best in class. Motor Trend notes, "Despite being slightly larger than the Odyssey, the Entourage offers less cargo volume behind all three rows." New Car Test Drive notes that cargo capacity behind the third row is "about twice the size of the trunk of a mid-size sedan..."
With the second row either pivoted forward or completely removed - somewhat of a feat since the seats weigh at least 60 pounds each - the available 141.4 cubic feet is "just a few cubic feet short of a black hole," says Automobile.com. "Should -- contrary to everything we have learned from scientific observation -- the black hole become full, remaining cartage can be strapped to the roof rails atop the Entourage." Once all rear seats are folded or removed, "the Entourage can contain 4x8-foot sheets of building material flat on the floor with the liftgate closed," according to Cars.com. The total is still "a couple cubes shy of what the Dodge Grand Caravan, Odyssey and Sienna offer," says Edmunds.
Where the third row shines is in its stowing capability, dubbed by the manufacturer as the "Hyundai Hideaway." In fact, this is one of Kelley Blue Book's "favorite features": "No, Hyundai isn't alone in providing a 60/40-split third-row seat that folds into the floor -- specifically, into the cargo well at the rear. Even so, it's a feature that adds storage utility. Each side of the seat easily folds down into the cargo well, taking up that space as it creates an almost-flat load floor." The Detroit News echoes, "I was pleased to see Hyundai got the third row right. Those seats were pretty easy to stow at the hardware store, where I loaded up three 40-pound bags of salt and a new hose reel cart." New Car Test Drive feels the Entourage's "spring-loaded mechanism makes it easier to pull up than the third row on the Honda Odyssey."
Plenty of interior storage spaces are also a plus. Several reviewers mention the flip-down center tray/cupholder table that's "handy," according to Consumer Guide, "but lets items slide around a lot." In the front are also two glove boxes - one above the other - in the dashboard in front of the front-seat passenger.
About.com raves about the "staggering amount of cup holders" - 13 to be exact - which "allow Entouragers to be sated for miles." The reviewer also highly praises the center adjustable tray, noting there was "room for two water bottles, a cup of soda, a Wendy's Frosty, my cell phone, maps, beef jerky (a gotta have on long trips), assorted chargers, a notepad, and a pen, all within easy reach."
But when it comes to loading either cargo or passengers, buyers may want to consider the advice of thewhen considering the base model: "Neither the hatch, which is heavy, nor the side doors are power, but those are options or come standard on the [now-discontinued] SE and Limited models."