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2001-2005 Hyundai XG350 Pre-Owned

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Justin Pritchard
Hyundai XG350 delivered cheap luxury and a mixed bag of experiences from owners
When the XG350 hit the road in 2001, it started a trend that Hyundai’s carrying on to this day. Like the Azera and Genesis that came after it, the XG350 aimed to give shoppers a cut-price taste of the automotive high-life.

2005 Hyundai XG350

Sure, it’s a cheap Korean knock-off-- but in a good way. Hyundai created a luxurious atmosphere, installed plenty of hardware and priced the entire thing for the relative masses. The XG350 certainly didn’t spell the end for BMW or Lexus, but it probably took a little nip out of premium car sales nonetheless.

Even the vehicle’s nomenclature mimicked German and Japanese premium sedans. Initially called the XG300, the name indicated the presence of a 3-litre V6 engine. This powerplant made 190 ponies, but was replaced by a more potent and torquier 3.5 litre unit just one year later. At that point, the XG350 was born.

If you’re shopping for a comfortable, luxurious used car that doesn’t carry an astronomical price tag, the XG series might be worth a look. Features included automatic climate control, a power sunroof and a full suite of power accessories including keyless remote. Heated leather seats, heated mirrors, imitation wood trim, leather wrapped surfaces and four-wheel antilock disc brakes were also on board. The cabin was finished with contrasting colors, various textures and a simple, logical layout to most controls and switches.

Owners like the XG’s ride, interior styling, comfort levels and the generous equipment included for the price. Few if any report issues with interior roominess or trunk space. Overall, there’s a sense of value, comfort and quality that owners seem to love. Some also like not blending into the sea of Camrys and Accords on the road.

Road noise is a common complaint, and many owners take issue with a dim instrument panel, lack of available navigation and sub-par audio system components. One of the largest complaints deals with fuel mileage, though. Most XG350 drivers seem satisfied with the performance from the 3.5 litre V6 engine, though almost all of them complain about excessive fuel consumption.

Despite relatively small sales volumes, numerous owners have taken to the internet to share their ownership experiences. Several reports being very pleased with the XG, and having minimal problems if any at all. Several others report niggling electronic, sensor and mechanical issues.

2005 Hyundai XG350
Justin Pritchard
Justin Pritchard
Automotive expert