The Hyundai H100 has been superseded by the iLoad panel van. The H100 is still supported by the Hyundai network, however, and is a reliable van for local work. The last iteration of the H100, in production from 1999 to 2002, weighed in at 1.6t and sported a 2.5 diesel engine, with turbo as an optional extra, that generated 79-85hp at 4,200rpm. This led many users to complain that the vehicle felt sluggish when fully loaded.
That said, it’s not all bad. The H100 boasts good responsive handling with minimal body roll, even when unloaded, thanks to the rear-wheel drivetrain. A further major selling point of the H100 is the huge load space in the rear of the vehicle. The 1999-2002 H100 was produced in panel van configuration, allowing for large loads to be safely secured in the back.
The relatively underpowered 85hp engine may not satisfy those looking to haul heavy loads over large distances. As the H100 is an older van, the engine lacks a pre-combustion distributor, so heavy and continued acceleration can make it rather smoky. Acceleration is reportedly somewhat slow, with revs needing to hit 3,500 and above for the best results.
The H100 is regarded as a sound budget choice, and this is further reflected in its interior. The H100 offers adequate, if loud, climate control but not a lot else, and the internal trim is plastic, which will wear with time. Only a six-speed manual transmission is available.
The interior of the loadspace, when buying second-hand, will probably be lined with wood attached to the walls to smooth the edges. The H100 comes with a sliding side door and a vertically opening tailgate rear door with window for added visibility. The rear wheels extend up into the loadspace, with the effect that the van sits quite low down on the floor, but this does reduce the width of potential loads, and buyers will struggle to fit in a standard Euro pallet, let alone two.
Regarding manoeuvrability, the rounded form of the body of the H100 provides excellent visibility, especially when combined with the wide-angle wing mirrors. Reportedly, due to a body length of over four metres, parking and reversing into tight spaces can be a bit of a challenge, but this may not affect seasoned van drivers.
A people-carrier variant of the H100 was also produced, the Hyundai Grace, but may be harder to find on second-hand markets due to a limited production run in the UK.