The Hyundai H100 is also known as the Porter and is around since 1977. The H100 was initially launched on the Asian market and became the segment leader pretty fast. Being designed as a lightweight pickup truck the vehicle is especially appreciated for its reliable and versatile character.
With both single (4,760-4,795 mm length) and double (5,085-5,120 mm length) cab configurations and available in Deck, Tipper and Chassis Cab versions, the Hyundai HD100 is equipped with an 80 hp diesel engine that develops a peak torque of 170 Nm. The vehicle is priced from $22.700 and comes with a standard 5 Year or 150 000 km warranty.
The Hyundai H100 features a typical Asian design language that looks pretty close to the Kia K Series (Borengo). Judging by the exterior style, it is obvious that Hyundai’s engineers designed the H100 after the “form follows function” concept, as we can’t say that the vehicle can be described as an eye catcher.
Even if it doesn’t feature the same slippery shape as the Kia K Series, the H100 has also a pretty aerodynamic design thanks to its curved front end, the heavily raked windshield and the cabin that slants forward.
The front is dominated by two massive clear-lamps headlights which also come with integrated turn signals. The vehicle also features passenger car-inspired moldings for the wide windscreen which give it a neat appearance and help it reduce wind noise.
Compared to the previous generations, the latest H100 features newly-designed side repeaters, rear lamps, and round-type door handles that make it stand out from the crowd.
The bumper follows the same aerodynamic design language as the cabin and is fitted with a thin air intake flanked by two round headlights.
You can hop inside without too many efforts, as the vehicle sits pretty close to the ground and you also have a convenient step available and well placed hand grabs. Compared to the Toyota Dyna the, H100’s interiors looks much better with a slightly upmarket feel and less cheaper materials. On the other hand, the Kia K Series continues to have the best design offered by an Asian manufacturer.
Hyundai’s build quality is at par with its competitors and the fittings look ready to endure some really harsh working conditions without letting you down faster than expected.
We also like the overall ergonomy as well, as the controls are laid out in a simple manner. We appreciate the climate controls relying on three traditional dials placed vertically – in the same manner as those from the Kia K Series – as they are fairly easy to use.
The instrument cluster has a nice layout too, and its big, clear gauges are easy to see without distracting you from the road.
The Hyundai HD100 is offered only with basic equipments and except for an optional CD radio with MP3 you can say goodbye to features like electric adjustable mirrors. The air conditioner can be also found on the options list, but is unable to keep the cabin’s temperature to a proper level especially in the double cab versions.
What’s not frustrating is the level of supportive comfort provided by the front seats. Headroom is also a non-issue and visibility is great regardless of where you’re looking.
For a commercial vehicle, the steering wheel looks pretty modern and even if can’t be compared with the one from the Kia K Series it features a fairly ergonomic design and feels great to hold.
Storage places aren’t as many as you’d expect, but there are a few useful cup holders, door pockets and a fairly spacious glove box where you can safely deposit your things.
Engines and performance
The Hyundai H100 is powered by a 2.6 liter diesel engine with overhead camshaft for increased fuel efficiency and less emissions. The engine develops only 80 hp@ 4000 rpm whereas the maximum torque of 170 Nm is achieved from as low down as 2200 rpm. The engine is mated on a five speed manual transmission which sends power to the rear wheels.
Clearly we aren’t talking about sports cars here, but even when judging by LCV standards Hyundai’s engine is extremely weak with a sluggish acceleration. The vehicle feels underpowered and you’ll have to really push it to its limits to be able to extract the maximum power which is achieved at pretty high rpms. When dealing with up hills sections, it would be an even more annoyingly experience, as you have to rev it really hard to reach the top.
The good part is that eventually, the engine offers you the necessary pulling power do deal with any payloads and regardless of what load you are carrying the truck’s performance is not affected. Though, fuel consumption isn’t brilliant either, as the vehicle scores an average efficiency of 10.5 liter/100 km.
Ride and handling
The Hyundai H100 is equipped with front double wishbone, torsion bar suspensions and with rear rigid axle and leaf springs. The suspension configuration offers a satisfactory ride which is at par with what you’ll usually find in the segment. The hydraulic power steering is also up to the task and the H100 handles extremely well permitting you to engage in corners with confidence.
Its compact dimensions come as a bonus for the city driving and the relatively tight turning radius (5.46) makes the vehicle fairly agile.
The braking is also good even at high speeds and the pedal offers a healthy feel as it’s well served by the front ventilated discs and the rear drums.
The Hyundai H100 does have a few tricks up its sleeve besides being able to move your cargo from point A to point B. It handles surprisingly well for what’s essentially a high-riding, tall-roof vehicle. The brakes are also quite responsive, but on the difficult terrains, the tight suspension reveals some flaws in the NVH (Noise Vibration and Harshness) department. Then there is the underpowered engine which will take forever to reach 120 km/h or even 90 km/h. However, once you’ll hit the maximum power the truck is able to carry big amounts of loads without felling fully loaded.
On the other hand, we like the comfortable cabin with its good ergonomy and also the relatively cheap price and maintenance costs which are combined with a proven reliability.