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What is it?
Hyundai’s i40 is the firm’s return to the upper medium segment with a saloon and estate combination that offers the space, style and equipment levels to rival any of the mainstream contenders. The i40 was subtly revised in spring 2015, at which point the Korean brand added a new fleet-friendly SE Nav Business trim level.
What is the Hyundai i40 like to drive?
The i40 drives tidily and comfortably, and makes a compatible colleague for long-distance runs in particular.
What engines are available?
It’s a very simple line-up of just two diesels, betraying the fleet-orientated model range. The 115hp 1.7-litre engine launches the range, leading up to the 141hp version of the same power unit that is offered in either manual or seven- speed double clutch automatic form.
What are the key standard features of the Hyundai i40
The entry-level i40 S comes with manual air conditioning, 16in alloys, auto lights, Bluetooth, trip computer, USB and aux sockets, powered lumbar support for the driver and, for the Tourer estate model, silver roof rails and a rear spoiler.
SE Nav adds heated steering wheel and front seats, climate control, auto wipers, privacy glass, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, touchscreen satnav and, only on the automatic, 17in alloys.
SE Nav Business adds Leather ventilated front seats, keyless entry and start, memory driver’s seat, rear parking camera
Premium adds 18in alloys, heated outer rear seats, panoramic sunroof, powered tailgate (Tourer model only) and alloy pedals.
What are the key options?
Hyundai’s intent to load its i40 with kit means there’s very little on the options list. For all bar the top-spec Premium model, metallic paint is the only option, while the visibility pack, consisting of Bi-Xenon adaptive headlamps, speed sign recognition, headlamp washers and high beam assist can be added to the highest trim level cars.
How spacious is the Hyundai i40?
The i40 is a roomy car, with plenty of space for adults in the back, while it’s easy to get comfortable in the driving seat. Both saloon and estate are big for the sector; the saloon is close to its Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo key rivals at 525 litres, beating most other competitors, while the Tourer outpoints them all with 553 litres, expanding to over 1700 with the rear seats down.
What will it cost to run?
Emissions figures are fine for the class, without troubling the most efficient upper medium models. The lower-powered diesel comes in at 110g/km, just 4g/km more efficient than its sibling that offers an extra 26hp. The new seven-speed auto is 30g/km more efficient than the previous automatic, and now gets under 130g/km. It should be noted that the Premium model’s larger wheels push emissions up by 9g/km for the manual model.
What safety features does it have?
All i40s get seven airbags, with the exception of the Premium model, which adds rear side airbags to take the total to nine. Brake assist, vehicle stability management and hill start assist are all standard, while the Premium spec is fitted with lane departure warning. In 2011, the i40 scored a maximum five-star result in the Euro NCAP crash test.