Hyundai i40 Road Test, Review
The 2017 Hyundai i40 Tourer is packed full of features with a simple drivetrain and trim level choice.
On offer is a wagon (tourer) or sedan, and two trim levels – Active or Premium.
Engine choice is 1.7 litre turbo-diesel/seven-speed dual-clutch auto, or 2.0 litre petrol with six-speed auto transmission.
I had the keys to tourer/premium/diesel combo – an offering priced from $42,850.
The 1.7 litre turbo-diesel engine claims a power output of only 104kW, yet feels incredibly flexible with enough nip for city traffic.
A respectable 340Nm of torque gives you the oomph you need at lights while returning 4.7L/100k on the highway.
Hyundai claims 5.9 around town and 5.1 combined, but our figures were higher at about 9.6L/100k around town.
As with most dual-clutch autos, driving very slow can be a bit jerky as the clutches grab and release, but at all other times are smooth with very quick changes.
The ride is excellent even on the larger 17” wheels.
The i40 suspension feels sophisticated and allows more than a little spirited driving even with a full load on board.
The electric power steering is far too light for my taste but you quickly get used to it.
The wagon version of the Hyundai i40 has graceful lines with a full-length glass sunroof and very wide rear doors, which don’t give quite the rear access you might expect.
The sunroof has an interior shade that does a great job of keeping the heat and light out. It deploys quickly by pushing a button.
The rear hatch is fully automatic, and requires a key to be sensed, after which a series of beeps herald the raising of the door.
The cargo area is generous with 506L seats up, or a massive 1,672L with the rear seats down.
The interior has a lot of lines, swoops, surfaces and materials going on. It looks graceful, and classy.
There are bins and cubby holes for your stuff, and cup and bottle holders galore.
The instruments are easy to read, and controls easy to use.
The centre stack houses just enough buttons and knobs to give quick access to often used features like air temp and audio, but keeps the rest within the infotainment system out of the way.
It makes for a very neat and well-designed look.
The heated front seats feel firm but comfortable and have power adjustment. The steering wheel is tilt and reach adjustable to give a very good driving position.
The audio system has standard sat-nav but neither model has Apple CarPlay. Fear not, a little bird told me it will soon be available brand-wide.
Despite the lack of CarPlay, the unit is easy to use and fast to respond.
The controls are split between knobs/buttons, and touch screen input, but I’d like physical buttons for direct radio station selection.
You can scroll between station on the steering wheel so storing your favourite channels next to each other in the menu makes selection slightly better. There is no digital radio either.
Fit and finish are also excellent.
The safety is second to none with enviable equipment levels like blind spot and lane departure monitoring and the Hyundai i40 boasts a full five-star ANCAP safety rating.
You also get smart entry, push-button ignition, and semi-automated parking to make life easier.
I can’t say this about many cars, but I like the i40. Would I buy one? Yes. It is excellent value.
NUTS and BOLTS – 2017 Hyundai i40 Premium
- Engine: 1.7 litre turbo-diesel producing 104kW/340Nm or 2.0 litre petrol producing 121kW/203Nm
- Transmission: Seven-speed dual-clutch auto (diesel), six-speed auto (petrol)
- Safety: Five stars
- Warranty: Five years
- Origin: South Korea
- Price: from $42,250 (petrol), $44,850 (diesel)