Road Test for the Hyundai i40 Tourer
Model/Engine size: 1.7 CRDi 115 PS Blue Drive Active
Fuel economy combined: 65.7 mpg
Green Car Guide rating: 9/10
The Hyundai i40 Tourer features some fairly amazing official economy figures for a large estate, including 65.7 mpg for the combined cycle.
You would imagine that as a result of such incredible economy there must be some impact on the driving experience, but this isn’t the case at all.
Driving the i40 Tourer is a very pleasant experience. It’s comfortable, and the diesel engine is smooth, refined and generally quiet. The ride is well-sorted and the steering is reasonably direct and well-weighted, with a slight exception when the wheels are pointing straight ahead.
The six-speed manual gearbox was slightly clunky at times, but the fact that it was new may have been a factor in this. We’re not huge fans of most electronic handbrakes, and that also applies to the i40. It may not have the sharpest dynamics in class, and this model is more focused more on economy than outright performance, but it’s a perfectly enjoyable car to drive, especially if much time is spent on motorways. As is often the case with efficient modern cars with long gearing, you’ll probably need to change up from sixth or even fifth gear to overtake at motorway speeds.
Design & Engineering
The i40 looks long, curvy and distinctive on the outside , with more than a hint of Mercedes CLS design influence about the bodywork. Even the wheels look acceptable, which is something that can’t always be said about low emission model variants.
Inside it’s very spacious, with lots of legroom in the rear, and a huge 553-litre boot. The only issue to be aware of is the steeply-raked rear window which eats into the luggage space. As a slight balance to this loss of carrying capacity there are extra compartments under the boot floor. There’s even an integrated screen behind the rears seat that can be pulled up to provide a barrier between the luggage and passenger compartments. This is an example of how well-equipped the interior is. The interior also conveys an impression of high quality both in terms of design and materials.
The i40 is available in three trim levels; Active (entry-level), Style and Premium. All come with lots of standard equipment, including in the area of safety and security. Even our Active model had alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls and automatic lights and wipers. Extra Style equipment includes satnav, and Premium spec includes leather seats.
There are also features such as the stop-start system which helps the i40 achieve the high economy figures and the low emissions of just 113 g/km CO
. Did we achieve 65.7 mpg during our time with the car? No, but after lots of mixed driving, including much time on motorways, we achieved 55.4 mpg, and we never experienced less than 50 mpg. This is extremely impressive for a car of this size and is amongst the best real-world fuel economy figures that we have recorded with any cars.
If you want more power then a 134 bhp version of the 1.7-litre diesel engine is available. For petrol fans, there’s a 133 bhp 1.6-litre and a 174 bhp 2.0-litre petrol unit. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard with all engines, with a six-speed automatic being available as an option with the 134 bhp diesel.
At £19,395 we’d say that the i40 Tourer represents excellent value , and it should have low running costs. It also comes with Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
Most people would be very happy with the Hyundai i40 Tourer. It looks good, the interior is a pleasant place to be, it’s a very civilised car to drive, and it offers potentially incredible fuel economy for a car of this size.
It’s one of the many seemingly never-ending new crop of offerings from Hyundai and Kia that absolutely re-write the rule book about what you would expect from these brands. We have no reservations about awarding the i40 Tourer with a Green-Car-Guide rating of 9 out of 10 and would suggest that other manufacturers overlook Hyundai and Kia at their peril.
Car Facts and Figures
Fuel economy extra urban: 76.3 mpg
Fuel economy urban: 53.3 mpg
CO2 emissions: 113 g/km
Green rating: VED band C – first year £0
Weight: 1485 Kg
Company car tax liability (2011/12): 13%
Insurance group: 12
Power: 114 bhp
Max speed: 118 mph
0-62mph: 12.9 seconds