The short-legged final drive partly explains why a i40 Blue Drive diesel fell so short of the official economy claim during touring economy runs at our test track; 50.5mpg for a typical 30-mile, 70mph motorway cruise isn’t bad, but it’s a far cry from Hyundai's claimed 65.7mpg. So, tax advantages apart, you might be saving little in fuel costs over the more up-range diesel versions, which will also give you a livelier drive.
Clearly the petrol-fuelled i40s will be thirstier, and we can’t really recommend a 1.6 petrol over any 1.7 diesel for this reason. The 2.0 petrol will be thirstier again, but refined pace will be your reward.
Hyundai may be making much more desirable cars than it used to, but it is still charging pleasingly little for them. It could be harder to negotiate a discount in a Hyundai showroom than elsewhere but, even before you try, an i40 has typical advantage of around £600 relative to its next cheapest rival.
Better still, it comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, five years of roadside assistance and five years of free Hyundai dealer car health checks. And for bargain hunters, that’s just the beginning of the story. With an insurance rating of 12E, the i40 Blue Drive is five groups lower than VW’s cheapest Passat. For fleet drivers, it combines low emissions with a lower ‘P11D’ value – the one that counts towards your company car tax – than an equivalent Ford Focus.