Hyundai i40 Tourer Rear Side (2012)
Hyundai i40 Tourer Rear Side (2012)

Ride and Handling

On the motorway we found the Hyundai i40 a pleasure to drive, where it seemed more at home than on ‘B’ roads.  We found the steering a bit over-assisted for our taste but there is respectable feedback, but we preferred it to the Volkswagen Passat Estate.

The ride is on the soft side which did mean out on country roads there is some body roll but we can forgive the i40 this as it is not a hot hatchback. Overall the suspension makes a good attempt at keeping all but the worst of potholes and speed bumps out of the cabin.

Ease of Use

Our test car was fitted with keyless entry and stop/start which does not seem to be standard on the ‘Style’ model but was a welcome addition.

Both the front and rear doors are wide opening, so getting in and out of the i40 was an easy affair, even with the swooping ‘A’ pillar. The sills are minimal in the front, although slightly deeper in the rear – the rear doors open to near 90 degrees. Once in there is plenty of legroom for all, and the headroom is very accommodating to all but the tallest of passengers.

The driving position is good, the i40 ‘Style’ that we were testing had an electrically adjustable seat although it did not have a memory function, you have to upgrade to the ‘Premium’ model for the memory function.

The steering wheel is adjustable for rake and reach, although we did find that if you have short legs, it was difficult to fully engage the clutch, something you need to do, to be able to start the car and operate the stop/start function.

The instrumentation is clear and the controls well laid out with controls for the Bluetooth phone integration, cruise control and audio system on the steering wheel.

The Hyundai i40 has a fairly large foot print, at 4770mm it is around 59mm longer than the Volkswagen Passat and around 5mm wider at 1815mm.

All round vision is good, although the rear window is small but fortunately parking is easy as the ‘Style’ model is equipped with front and rear parking sensors backed up with a reversing camera that utilizes the TFT satellite navigation monitor.

The boot capacity is 553 litres (compared to 537 litres for the Ford Mondeo Estate or 603 litres VW Passat Estate), with the rear seats folded, which split on a 60/40 basis, you can accommodate 1719 litres to roof level (1728 Mondeo Estate, 1731 Passat Estate).  Unfortunately the rear seats do not fold completely flat to the floor. The floor level is currently the lowest in the class at 592mm which is 43mm below the VW Passat.

Privacy glass gives to protection to rear seat passengers and to your cargo plus as you would expect there is a retractable load cover.

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