It's hard to overstate how far Hyundai has come as a brand over the last decade, but a quick glance at the 2017 Hyundai i40 gives a great example of how the South Korean automaker is now very much a match for any of its mainstream rivals. While the rest of the world got the Sonata, the European-designed Hyundai i40 was developed as a contender for the European midsize sedan car market, so let's see what it's all about.
It's hard to be all things to all people, but that's pretty much the objective when competing in the midsize sedan segment. The i40 doesn’t look as big or imposing as some of its segment rivals, but it does have an element of athleticism some of its competitors lack. Don’t get the wrong impression though; the Hyundai isn’t overtly sporty to the point where some buyers might be put off if looking for something more conservative. This is a very good-looking car that will appeal to a very wide audience, which is probably exactly what the manufacturer and its designers were trying to achieve.
Engines and powertrain
In keeping with covering all the bases, the Hyundai i40 is available with two different engines. The standard unit in the i40 Tourer is a 2.0-litre direct-injected petrol engine that develops 121 kW and 203 Nm of torque. Saloon versions of the i40 get a 1.7-liter turbodiesel, which then gets you 104 Kw of power and 340 Nm of torque. The 2.0-litre petrol comes with a six-speed automatic gearbox, while the diesel benefits from a standard seven-speed dual-clutch unit.
If you haven't been inside a Hyundai for a few years since the brand's decidedly "cheap and cheerful" period, it would be a good idea to leave your preconceptions behind before you go to sit inside the i40. You can look all you want, but you'll struggle to find a single panel or surface anywhere inside the cabin that will disappoint. Saloons even get a panoramic sunroof that further adds to the premium ambiance, although the futuristic look of the dashboard is one area where the i40 could be said to divide opinion a little. A large touchscreen infotainment system is standard across the range, with only the very base model missing out on satellite navigation. Although the overall size of the Hyundai is towards the smaller end of the midsize scale, there's no lack of internal space for passengers or cargo thanks to some clever design and packaging.
The i40 was never intended to be a track monster that would thrill you like a white knuckle ride at a theme park. But what it was designed to do is to get you and your passengers smoothly down the road with little fuss and in a good degree of comfort, and it does all that extremely well indeed. The strong torque rating of the diesel is ideal for effortless motorway cruising, which is where this car really does come into its own. The way the suspension is tuned appears to be geared more towards comfort than performance, which results in bumps and lumps being ironed out with an ease rarely see at this price point.
The 2017 Hyundai i40 is available now, so get in touch with us today at Peninsula Motor Group for more information and to arrange a test drive in this sensational midsize sedan.