Whether you want your Hyundai to perform the functions of a business car, family car or distance-drive vehicle, the i40 will not disappoint. An elegant exterior, comfortable and well-designed interior and a range of effective, fuel- and carbon-efficient engines make it extraordinarily useful and reliable for an extraordinarily wide range of drivers.
Designed in accordance with Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture" design philosophy, the i40 presents a handsome, mature profile which exudes confidence and taste. The halogen headlights LED daytime running lights provide optimum visibility, whilst the wide hexagonal grille gives the front of the vehicle an authoritative look. On both the saloon and the tourer models, the deep character lines of the side panels complement the modest rear and its spoiler.
The cabin of the i40 is equally impressive, and provides an exceptional amount of headroom and legroom to the driver and passengers. Meanwhile, the already substantial loadspace of 553 litres can be increased to 1,719 litres when the split-folding rear seats are pushed flat. Electrically-adjustable seats and mirrors, Bluetooth connectivity and a leather steering are standard to all models; meanwhile Style and Premium editions boast such amenities as heated and ventilated front seats, a touchscreen satellite navigation system, and a power-operated tailgate.
The i40 is powered by a 1.7 litre CRDi diesel engines, different versions of which supply 115PS or 136PS. The former variant returns combined fuel consumption of up to 65.7mpg as well as CO2 output of just 113g/km, which reduces annual Vehicle Excise Duty to a mere £30 after the first year of ownership. Company car drivers and fleet operators also benefit, as this also means a low Benefit-in-Kind tax rate of just 17%. The 136PS edition, meanwhile, offers a choice between six-speed manual and automatic transmissions – when equipped with the former, the i40 can achieve 0-62mph acceleration in a notable 10.3 seconds. All models feature a sophisticated suspension – MacPherson strut at the front, multi-link at the rear – that provides a pliant ride and excellent driving manners over all road surfaces.
The standard safety equipment on the i40 is excellent. Seven airbags (front, side, curtain, and driver's knee) offer outstanding all-round protection if an accident occurs, whilst active front head restraints and seatbelt pre-tensioners work to prevent minor injuries such as whiplash. Active, Style and Premium trims also feature an array of active safety measures which aim at ensuring that these protective features are never needed. ABS brakes with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution, a Brake Assist system, and an Electronic Stability Programme all work to maintain grip and traction – even in the worst weather conditions.