What is it?
We seem to have spent a lot of time driving Hyundai’s i40 already, firstly overseas with it as an early prototype, then in the UK with two potential chassis set-ups It has been fascinating to track its development, but now it has arrived in finished form, prior to going on sale in September.
Evidently, Hyundai is feeling pretty confident about it; it’ll tackle the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat wagons head on. Prices start at a sturdy £18,395 and our test car was the range-topping 1.7 CRDi diesel manual Premium. It comes very well equipped but will retail at £24,395, which gets you into a tidy variant of all its competitors.
What's it like?
Certainly, the i40 Tourer looks the part. See it next to an i30 estate and it looks much more dynamic, showing just how far Hyundai has come even in the past three years.
It’s relatively well finished inside, too. There are some neat graphics and design touches, while fit/finish is good, but the materials still trail those of the class best. The door pulls and door-skin plastics are harder than the dashboard plastic (common practice but something I can never quite fathom), while dashboard switches and column stalks are on the shiny side. The Mondeo, Passat and Peugeot 508 are still ahead of the i40 here.