The big Hyundai i40 Estate is a sharp looking family car, with a bold grille, creases along the sides and a neat tailgate. Family buyers will be impressed by the practicality on offer.
Its boot has a 533-litre carrying capacity with the seats up, and a decent 1,719 litres with them down. The car also gets underfloor cubbies and a retractable luggage screen.
As ever, the big draw for many buyers is the value for money on offer, and there’s a wealth of standard kit included – the i40 puts more expensive rivals to shame. The engine line-up comprises two petrols, a 135bhp 1.6-litre and more powerful 2.0-litre unit, and a 1.7-litre diesel with 114bhp or 134bhp.
The diesel unit offers plenty of power and will be better suited to those who rack up high mileages. Entry version delivers class-leading emissions of 113g/km and can return 65mpg. The i40 looks set to attract family and company buyers in equal measure.
The 175bhp 2.0-litre petrol engine is virtually inaudible at low revs, but doesn’t offer the acceleration of the diesel units. It does deliver decent pace, though – sprinting from 0-62mph in 9.7 seconds.
Although the i40 can’t match the Ford Mondeo for driving dynamics, it corners tidily and body roll is well controlled, and it’s a comfortable and relaxing cruiser. On the motorway, the i40’s comfortable ride means progress is smooth. The driving position affords a decent view of the road ahead, and there’s lots of space front and rear.
The lower powered petrol needs to be worked hard when carrying big loads, though, which makes more noise in the cabin, but the diesels are both hushed and smooth, and wind and road noise is all kept to a minimum. Optional heated seats make cold mornings more bearable.
Korean firm prides itself on offering superb value for money. High-spec i40 models come with an array of gadgets, including cruise control, sat-nav, xenon lights and heated seats – all at a price that undercuts most rivals, but even entry level cars come with automatic headlights, electric windows, air conditioning and alloy wheels.
Diesel engines are clean and efficient, so running costs are low. The most frugal is the entry-level diesel, which emits only 113g/km and returns an impressive 65.7mpg, thanks to BlueDrive technology (which includes a stop-start system) and eco tyres meaning super-low Road Tax. As with all new Hyundais, the i40 comes with a five-year unlimited warranty.