Avg. Price Paid:$11,165 - $15,145
Original MSRP: $27,045 - $35,895
MPG: 16 City / 23 Hwy
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2008 Hyundai Veracruz Interior

This interior review was written when the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz was new.

Reviewers generally find the interior of the 2008 Hyundai Veracruz comfortable, with high-quality materials, even if it's lacking in cargo space behind the third-row seat. "The seven-seat Veracruz has a quiet Lexus-style interior like no other Hyundai interior, with soft-touch materials and excellent fit-and-finish," says the Chicago Sun-Times.

A major plus for the interior is its lack of road noise -- a highlight pointed out by almost every reviewer. Consumer Guide says it "rivals many premium SUVs for hushed travel" and the Los Angeles Times notes, "The Veracruz is deeply quiet, well damped in every direction." Newsday similarly notes, "Road and tire noise were surprisingly minimal" and even adds, "To my surprise, the [Lexus] RX 350's interior noise level was much higher."

Reviewers also highly praise the luxurious feel and look of the Veracruz's cabin, which most find surprising for the brand. "When you hop into a higher-end version of this vehicle, you can't believe it's a Hyundai," says BusinessWeek. "The saddle-leather upholstery is soft and well-made, the dash and center stack are tastefully designed, and all the instruments are intuitive to use."


BusinessWeek finds the Veracruz's three rows of seats "comfortable and supportive," and most reviewers agree, though they find the third row a bit cramped. The front row gets the best reviews, with Car and Driver calling the seats "firm and multi-hour comfortable." Consumer Guide finds the seats "could use slightly more lateral support, but remain comfortable on long trips." New Car Test Drive appreciates the multi-adjustable driver's seat, which has a tilt-and-telescope steering wheel that "delivered comfortable driving positions for a 6-foot tall driver and a 5-foot 4-inch tall driver." The same reviewer notes that the Veracruz's front- and second-row legroom "bests the Honda Pilot, the Subaru Tribeca and the Toyota Highlander, in a couple instances by more than an inch."

Consumer Guide finds the sliding-and reclining second-row seats provide "good head, leg, and knee room even with front seats fully aft." Cars.com says the seats are "roomy and comfortable," but the Chicago Tribune has a few complaints: "Though a Lexus wanna be in looks, [the Veracruz] falls short in comfort once you move into the second and third seats." BusinessWeek says, "The only problem I had in the second row was that foot space was a bit tight."

The Veracruz's third row, as in most SUVs, is adequate for children but cramped for adults. "It's still a sometimes-seat for midsize kids and shouldn't be offered to the in-laws unless you're punishing them," says Edmunds. BusinessWeek comments, "Leg space in the third-row seats, as always, is tight, barely 30 inches. Motor Trend, however, sings a different tune, noting that "it's a useful way-back seat, too; plenty of room in all dimensions for average adults." Likewise, Road and Track says the rear seat "holds two adults in reasonable comfort."

Third-row access is also a plus. The Detroit News notes that "it's easy to jump back there by sliding a single lever on the side of the second row seats." Motor Trend similarly calls access "trouble-free." BusinessWeek pays one of the highest compliments, noting that "it's far easier to get into the Veracruz's third row than it is in most SUVs."

Interior Features

One of the Veracruz's strengths is that it's very well equipped. The Chicago Sun-Times says, "Hyundai hasn't forgotten value for the dollar in its move upscale. For instance, the Veracruz is loaded with comfort, convenience and safety equipment." Similarly, Newsday says, "I was quite surprised at the content for a crossover that is less expensive than the competition, including the Highlander, Subaru B9 Tribeca and Nissan Murano."

The Washington Post reports, "The Veracruz has more standard equipment -- including some that is usually optional, such as third-row seating -- than the [Lexus] RX350." The base model's standard equipment includes air conditioning with rear-seat temperature controls controls, steering wheel-mounted audio controls, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power windows and door locks, and cruise control. The Detroit News also notes the wide selection of options, which seem "very Lexus like." These include a reverse assist system, a power liftgate and heated front seats.

Reviewers especially like the standard conversation mirror, a convex rearview mirror that provides a glimpse of the entire cabin behind the driver -- a handy feature for families with young children. Another convenience is one of Kelley Blue Book's favorite features: the proximity key, which allows drivers to unlock and start the car remotely while the key stays in a pocket or purse. This is a feature that's usually been reserved for luxury brands.

The controls also impress reviewers. Motor Trend says, "The Veracruz's center stack is a model of logic. Each portion of it is dedicated to its respective function: HVAC, audio, etc. The knobs and buttons are easy to understand and do what you want them to in an intuitive way." Newsday echoes, "Controls for the heater/vent/AC, sound system, lights and wipers all are located logically and are self-explanatory."

As for materials quality, reviewers simply can't say enough about the Hyundai's high caliber of fit and finish. Edmunds says: "[I]n typical Hyundai fashion, the Veracruz simply offers more for less. The cabin is nicely finished with convincing wood-tone and metallic accents." Motor Trend describes the cabin as "Lexus quality," noting the "top-notch interior materials and craftsmanship."

Stereo and Entertainment

The Veracruz comes standard with an AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio system with six speakers that the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says "sounds great." The reviewer also says the controls are "easy to get at and use." One drawback is the Veracruz's auxiliary audio hookup, which USA Today calls a "throwback" because "it goes through the radio instead of a direct-to-stereo link." The reviewer notes that Hyundai plans to include a hard-wired link and USB port in the 2009 Veracruz.


Reviewers are disappointed with cargo space with all three rows of seats in place. Cargo volume behind the third row measures 6.5 cubic feet -- less than the Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander and Subaru Tribeca, according to Cars.com, which also notes the Pilot has more than double the space (15.9 cubic feet). Consumer Guide describes the Veracruz's 6.5 cubic feet as "grocery bag room" and BusinessWeek advises, "If you were taking a family trip with several kids, you would probably have to buy a roof rack for your luggage."

However, when the two rear rows of seats are folded down, the Veracruz offers what New Car Test Drive calls "ultimate cargo capacity." With the third row folded, volume increases to 40 cubic feet, and with the second row folded, it increases to a "hangar-like" 86.8 cubic feet, as described by the Los Angeles Times. The third row also usefully splits in two sections so that one half can be used as a seat while the other half is used for cargo. In addition, the front passenger seat back folds down to provide room for long items. Kelley Blue Book especially appreciates the optional power liftgate, which facilitates cargo loading.

Interior storage compartments are also "ample," as Mother Proof describes them. These include map bins on the front and rear side doors, expandable magazine pouches on the front seatback, and six cupholders. The two-level front center console comes optional with a cooler that can keep beverages chilled. The Chicago Sun-Times points out another nice detail: "Front cupholders are positioned to avoid spills and are conveniently ringed with blue light during night driving."

Review Last Updated: 2/18/09

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