Hyundai i40 Tourer Review (2012)
Hyundai i40 Tourer Review (2012)

The Hyundai i40 Tourer went on sale in the UK in September 2011, with the saloon following in January 2012.

The Hyundai i40 Tourer is priced from £18,395 which is £1,000 more than the equivalent i40 saloon. Hyundai have aimed the i40 at the fleet market and expect sales to account for 60% of sales in the UK of which they hope to sell 5,000 units in the first year.

The Hyundai i40 is a ‘D’ segment vehicle which has been designed to take on the Ford Mondeo and the Volkswagen Passat. It has been designed in Germany with the European market in mind, with special attention to handling and styling to meet our exacting needs.

The first thing that you will notice is how attractive the i40 Tourer is, incorporating the striking LED daytime running lights which you either love or hate, but which are now mandatory on new cars.

We tested the Hyundai i40 Tourer ‘Style’ 1.7 CRDi 136PS with a six-speed manual gearbox priced at £21,995.

Performance

The Hyundai i40 is available with both a petrol (1.6 GDI 153PS) and two output diesel engines (1.7 CRDi with 115PS and 136PS). Hyundai believe that 77% of sales will feature a diesel engine, with the 136PS engine being the most popular for both fleet and private buyers. The diesel 136PS engine is available with either a six-speed automatic or six-speed manual gear box.

We tested the six-speed manual Hyundai i40 Tourer with the 1.7 CRDi 136PS engine which produces 325Nm of torque from 2000 rpm, which is enough to propel it from 0-62 mph in 10.6 seconds with a top speed of 124 mph.

We did not expect the 1.7 CRDi engine to be suited to the i40 Tourer but we were proven wrong – it behaves more like a 2.0 litre unit. Acceleration is more than adequate under normal conditions, as long as you get keep the revs up. We found the sound deadening better on the i40 than we did on the slightly more expensive Kia Optima, which shares the same underpinnings. One thing we did find is that we kept stalling the car when pulling off which maybe down to our light-footedness but we would prefer to put it down to throttle response.

The official fuel consumption figures are reported as 47.9 mpg urban cycle, extra urban 61.4 mpg and on the combined cycle 55.4 mpg. We achieved on average 42 mpg on our mixed test route over 7 days, we saw just over 50 mpg on a steady 80 mile motorway leg.

Hyundai is quoting CO2 emissions of 134 g/km for the ‘Style’ diesel six-speed manual transmission version, you can opt for Blue Drive technology for an extra £310 and CO2 emissions lower to 119 g/km.

Overall the 1.7 diesel unit is engaging and did not feel lacking in power, even on the motorway, although we would like to see more attention to sound deadening.


Published : 14/05/12 Author : Melanie Carter

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