May 26, 2018, 2:25 pm
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Driving the Hyundai H350

WE had two out of town opportunities to drive the Hyundai H350, the big full-sized van from Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.

The first was a trip to Lipa City, around 110 kms south of Manila. It was not my first time to drive such a big vehicle. I had driven a bus, a truck head and a full-sized truck van but these were on closed or controlled test roads. In the H350, we were only two persons on board. At first, it felt intimidating operating such a gigantic vehicle but as soon as we were on the road, it felt normal having been able to do the manual shift as we do on other vehicles with manual transmission. On Quezon Blvd. approaching Quiapo, I started enjoying the view of traffic from a much higher perspective. The big vertical dual side mirrors helped in tracking what’s going on on the sides of the van. The small convex mirror on the bottom gave a wider view of the sides as well as the road itself.

The H350 is driver-focused as well and remains faithful to Hyundai’s core design values of safety, ease-of-use and simplicity. Powered by a 2.5 CRDi diesel engine that produces 170 horsepower and 421 Nm of torque, the H350 maximizes drivability and delivers a more efficient and safer ride. The 6-speed manual transmission was light to operate and it felt like driving a manual SUV.

We drove the  H350 with ease from Roxas Blvd to the NAIA Expressway and imagined we were to pick up arriving passengers whose baggage could easily fit on the van’s rear or even on the middle aisle.

On the SLEX and STAR tollways, the H350 was steady at 100 kph. A few times we did not notice we went a little over the speed limit but the van felt stable and I knew it could do much more on the highway. At night, the powerful headlights and fog lamps were sufficient to give us a long and clearer view of the road ahead.

Here’s the catch, because of its height, the H350 is classified as Class 2 on toll gates and you have pay double or even a little bit more based on rates posted on the toll’s walls.

Driving back to Mandaluyong City from Malvar, Batangas on a Sunday to catch our radio show was another smooth experience for this writer. With light traffic it took us only an hour to complete the 90-km route. It’s good the guard at the network found a spot for me to park the van, the first basement level where only the O-B vans and generator trucks were allowed to park.

We had another trip with the H350 to the Holy Land Santuary and Biblical Theme Park in Subic in Zambales and this time I had nine passengers on board. I was hoping we could have the maximum 16 seats occupied but a total of ten persons including me was just as good. With more people in the cabin, the drive felt a bit heavier but steadier, thanks to the van’s powerful engine and torque and excellent suspension.

The van’s 6’1” internal cabin standing height, 15 ergonomically designed seats with individual alap belts, and luxe ambiance set by the air-conditioning designed to distribute efficient cooling, the H350 truly gives each passenger the VIP treatment. Add to this the  good sound quality in the entire cabin.

There was no problem in boarding and alighting the bus with its electric-powered step board which allows effortless boarding and disembarking for passengers. The stepboard comes out and retracts when opening and closing the wide sliding door. The van or mini-bus also offers each occupant more than enough space to stretch out their legs throughout the trip. Meanwhile, there is ample storage space in the overhead shelves for those personal hand-carried bags.

Driving along the ever-picturesque NLEX and SCTEX was such a treat with the H350’s extra wide windows offering passengers amazing views of the mountains and greenery. As we travelled on a clear day, we had a perfect view of Mt. Arayat along NLEX.

Most of my passengers were asleep as we neared our destination and for a driver it was proof that the ride was smooth, comfortable and safe. And paying double at the tolls was worth it considering the comforts the passengers enjoyed.

The Hyundai H350 was like a home in four wheels, perfect for family outings and business trips within and outside the city.

The H350 has a price tag of P2.688M but if you’re in a travel and leisure business, this is a good vehicle to consider.  There are also options to convert the van into a business limousine service or customize it into a celebrity van.
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