Hyundai's i40 Saloon is the choice for family or business motorists who want to travel in style and comfort without paying the price of poor fuel economy and emissions output. The elegant model is also remarkably refined, and arrives packed full of advanced technology.
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On the exterior, Hyundai has clearly applied its own unique design approach to give the classic saloon shape a contemporary upgrade. One of the most notable features is the car's curving roofline which stretches from the dynamic front end all the way to a sporty rear overhang.
Dual chrome exhaust ports sit below the body-coloured bumper, and other attractive details include the LED daytime running lights, folded bodywork and chrome window surrounds. Further sophisticated elements are dotted throughout the cabin, notably the leather steering wheel and gear knob plus inlays finished in gloss black and alloy effect.
Durable cloth wraps around the adjustable seats, unless you opt for top-end Premium with its heated leather seats. The rear bench of all models splits in a 60/40 arrangement to boost the luggage capacity, which with all seats occupied is an impressive 525 litres.
Enhancing the cabin environment for all occupants is a great selection of kit included as standard. The radio/CD player allows you to link personal devices via USB or AUX connections, and the system is controlled with ease using buttons mounted on the steering wheel. Bluetooth® with voice recognition comes at no extra cost, while a touchscreen satellite navigation system with rear-view parking camera, seven speakers, amp, and subwoofer is fitted to Style and Premium models.
When in the driver's seat, the majority of thrills come from what's fitted under the bonnet. A 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine producing either 114bhp or 134bhp is offered, as is a cleaner Blue Drive variant that emits from just 113g/km of CO2. The returns are also sure to please you, as up to 65.7mpg combined is possible. There's no lack of muscle however, with the higher-powered unit charging to 60mph in a little over ten seconds.
The i40 Saloon is also well equipped to protect you, as Hyundai has included many active and passive safety systems. Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution is supported by Brake Assist System(BAS), while Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) keeps you in complete control at all times.