When the Trajet was released its main rival was the Kia Carnival. The Carnival was more popular because it was bigger, seated 8 and was cheaper to buy, but the German designed and engineered Hyundai Trajet is the better car.
The Trajet’s 2.7 V6 engine is the same on the Hyundai sports coupe.
It also weighs about half a tonne less than a Kia so it accelerates quicker and is more economical despite having the same size motor. It’s also more aerodynamic and uses interior space better than an equivalent sized 4WD.
The Trajet handles and rides very well because it has independent rear suspension (unlike the Kia).
It’s very easy to drive, has a very small turning circle and despite being tall, it’s also wide and is very stable on open roads even on the windiest of days. It feels more like driving a car than a bus.
The panoramic vision is like cinemascope – Love it. The four pilot-style seats have an upright seating position with armrests which you appreciate on long-distance road trips because you don’t feel fatigued. 7 seats, walk through cabin style and removable rear seats create extra space and can be re-configured for any purpose.
The interior felt a bit too plastic for my taste at first, however I’ve grown to appreciate its functional, ergonomic design. I can also simply clean any mess just by wiping it down with a Chux.
The Trajet is a great alternative for a station wagon owner who may require additional seating at times or occasionally need transport a dining table or other large item. If you have a very large family get a minibus instead.