Stylish, well priced saloon that’s high on value and appeal.
One diesel engine, four trims and a lot of space, equipment and fine styling add up to an appealing family saloon from Hyundai. It’s not as exciting on the road as many of its rivals, but there’s a lot to like otherwise in the Hyundai i40, not least its sensible pricing and an attractive five-year unlimited mileage warranty.
What is it?
Hyundai’s Toyota Avensis and Ford Mondeo rival, so it’s got a tough job in this competitive marketplace. It’s been around since 2011, though thanks to its sharp styling it still stands out, while the interior is also nicely finished and fine in its functionality. There’s a choice of the smart saloon or even better looking estate, both offering great passenger space, though the estate’s obviously the more practical choice all-round. One 1.7-litre turbodiesel makes up the engine choice, but it’s offered in two power outputs.
What is it like?
Entirely predictable, which in this class is what buyers are after. Value, space and good levels of equipment are all far more important than fun behind the wheel and the i40 delivers where it matters. It’s not entirely forgettable to drive, though the steering lacking the sharpness of a Mazda6's, but then it rides well enough and the gearshift is slick, too. The engine, a 1.7-litre turbodiesel, can be had in 115- or 141hp guises, the former good enough for most, and emitting less, too.
Carzone verdict: 3.5/5
The i40 has a lot going for it; its equipment levels and warranty are an obvious draw, but so too are its looks. However, many of its rivals have been replaced recently, are more appealing to drive and, crucially, deliver better economy and emissions. That, more than anything, counts in this marketplace. Even so, it remains a good choice, particularly at the entry-point of the range.