The 2008 Hyundai Grandeur (aka Hyundai Azera in the United States) is now offered on the European market with a 2.2-liter fuel-efficient diesel engine.
Considering the vehicle’s mass, the choice of engine doesn’t seem really adequate for the driver to feel comfortable during a long overtake on a rural road (unless they reprogrammed the automatic transmission that the powerplant is mated to), but if you plan to primarily use the car within city limits, it will allow you to save a euro or two on fuel.
The heavy-weight flagship model with an oil-burner will hopefully provide much better fuel economy, which is a real benefit in Europe where a gallon of premium gasoline costs from $6 to $7.
The engine in question seems to be exactly the same powerplant, which is currently supplied with diesel-powered 2006 Hyundai Santa Fe mid-size crossover SUV.
Mated to a 5-Speed automatic gearbox, the 2.2-liter CRDi engine provides superb elasticity, even though it only features 155 hp and 253 lb-ft (343 Nm) of torque available in the range of 1800 – 2500 rpm.
Fuel consumption is reported to average around 33 mpg on a combined cycle and CO2 emissions are about 208 g/km.
In Germany, the diesel-powered Hyundai Grandeur starts at a price of €41,000. That’s really amazing.
See also: 2007 Hyundai Accent GS compact hatchback