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The Hyundai i40 is big, sleek, well-equipped and refined, but the 1.7 diesel occasionally struggles, and the steering sometimes feels odd

Our Verdict

Hyundai i40

The Hyundai i40 takes on the Mondeo, Superb and Insignia. But can it win?

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    The Hyundai i40 is big, sleek, well-equipped and refined, but the 1.7 diesel occasionally struggles, and the steering sometimes feels odd
Richard Bremner Autocar
27 October 2011

What is it?

Its sleek fastback style could easily house a hatchback, but this new version of the Hyundai i40 is actually a saloon and joins the Korean marque's handsome Tourer estate, released earlier this year.

What's it like?

Mechanically the car is identical, as is the engine line-up except that the 2.0 litre petrol won’t be offered with the four door. Like the estate this is a big car and as you’d hope, feels spacious inside. Rear room and seat support are good, and if you have the panoramic sunroof that’s standard on the Premium version tested here, it feels very airy too.

The best-selling powertrain will be the 1.7 CRDi manual with an output of 134bhp and 134g/km CO2 emissions, but if you order the lower-powered, 113bhp version of this engine with Blue Drive eco features (stop-start, intelligent alternator, low rolling-resistance tyres) that falls to a very impressive 113g/km, though every journey will probably provide plenty of time to muse on your money-saving.

Indeed, even with 134bhp the 1.7 diesel can struggle to get the i40 moving without plenty of revs and that’s unladen, but once motion has been achieved performance is entirely acceptable. The engine’s pretty quiet at a cruise, but oddly, seemed noisier at low speeds than the estate we’ve tested.

A roomy, well-finished interior and carefully arranged controls make this a pleasing long-distance machine, but on twisting roads its dynamics fall short of a Mondeo’s, odd steering feel, less outright grip and a certain tactile detachment marking it down. Some may find the high driving position off-putting too.

Should I buy one?

This stylish, well-equipped, pleasingly designed car makes quite a strong case for itself as comfortable, refined, roomy and practical family transport, that case all the stronger for a five year, unlimited mileage warranty that includes roadside assistance and free annual check-overs.

Hyundai i40 1.7 CRDi Premium saloon

Price: £23,395; Top speed: 125mph; 0-62mph: 10.3sec; Economy: 55.4mpg; Co2: 134g/km; Kerbweight: 2080kg; Engine: 4 cyls in-line, turbodiesel 1685cc; Power: 134bhp at 4000rpm; Torque: 239lb at 2000-2500rpm; Gearbox: 6-spd manual

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Comments
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31 October 2011

I somehow doubt that this car weighs in excess of two tonnes!

31 October 2011

Good looking car that in 113bhp spec should go down well on the fleet market. However, I can't see the bigger engined versions doing too much because I would imagine the lease rates won't be that favourable.

I still can't work out why, with that styling they didn't engineer a hatch version as well. Certainly on the UK market it would have done a lot better than the saloon, even if sales would have been less in Europe.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

31 October 2011

[quote TegTypeR]

Good looking car that in 113bhp spec should go down well on the fleet market. However, I can't see the bigger engined versions doing too much because I would imagine the lease rates won't be that favourable.

I still can't work out why, with that styling they didn't engineer a hatch version as well. Certainly on the UK market it would have done a lot better than the saloon, even if sales would have been less in Europe.

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This 113bhp diesel is hardly cheap at £23,000! Especially for a Hyundai!

31 October 2011

Apart from someone who ticked the wrong box by mistake when ordering thier next company car, I can't see how anyone could buy this car new. Withouth gettting into what 23k could actuallly buy you out there, if you really wanted this car how could you part with your own cash knowing full well it will be worth only £7 in three years time.

1 November 2011

Note to me - Save £7 for November 2014, buy 3 year old Hyundai i40.

1 November 2011

Overstyled, inside and out.

1 November 2011

[quote Fidji]This 113bhp diesel is hardly cheap at £23,000! Especially for a Hyundai![/quote]

£23k is for the 136bhp version tested, which I have to agree would need to be discounted to make it desirable.

The 113bhp, which only comes in Active trim comes in at a slightly more believable £18,395.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

1 November 2011

A nice car but at £23k much to steep for a Hyundai, i also hope it does not weigh in excess of 2 tonnes or it is insanly heavy.

1 November 2011

Looking at the car from behind I'd have thought it was a Lexus GS at first, certainly something from the Toyota stable. From the front I'd have guessed Peugeot and from the interior I'd have placed a bet on it being a Subaru. It seems to be a car that doesn't know what it want's to be.

As for it's position in the market place. The estate certainly has a number of natural competitors but what is the saloon up against? The majority of 4 dr saloons sold in UK are premium brands, can you see Hyundai taking business away from Audi or BMW? Perhaps it's aimed at the Jetta market? If that's the strategy I can't see too many of these being sold in the UK.

1 November 2011

I suspect this car is on sale in the UK so that Hyundai can sell loads of new I30`s into the fleet market. By offering a full range of models the brand can appear on listings previously denied them.

I have to admit to being disappointed on seeing an I40 tourer on the road for the first time, just too big, flabby and fussy looking.

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