Hyundai i40 (2012) Review

Hyundai i40 (2012) At A Glance


+Quality look and feel inside. Neatly styled. Low CO2 engines. Well equipped and good value.

-Some criticism of steering feel. More practical Tourer version makes more sense.

New prices start from £22,995
Contract hire deals from £330.96 per month
Insurance Groups are between 12–20
On average it achieves 76% of the official MPG figure

Hyundai showed first images of its new i40 saloon which gets its world premiere at the Barcelona motor show on 12 May 2011. The unveiling follows on from the i40 Tourer which was debuted at the Geneva Motor Show earlier in 2011 and received a very positive response.

Although we've yet to drive it, we've already been impressed by the design and quality of the forthcoming i40 Tourer. In fact it's so good we reckon the Mondeo-sized i40 will really change the way buyers look at large Hyundais.

Like its estate counterpart, the i40 saloon has been designed in Europe for European tastes using Hyundai's 'fluidic sculpture' design which can be seen in the ix35 and ix20. We think creates a neat and distinctive style. It's certainly a big step forward from previous large Hyundai's such as the uninspiring Sonata.

Hyundai says the i40 saloon with have 'best in class' dimensions for front head room, shoulder room and legroom plus you can be sure it will come well equipped as standard. The engine line-up will be the same as the i40 Tourer  so in total, there will be three Euro V engines ranging in power from 115bhp to 177bhp.

The range will start with a 1.7-litre diesel developing 115bhp or 136bhp - the latter likely to be the most popular choice. Hyundai's new 136bhp 2.0-litre GDI unit from the ‘Theta' family makes its debut in the i40, which is said to bring 'exceptional levels of performance matched with excellent fuel efficiency.' Finally, there's a 2.0-litre petrol which develops 177bhp.

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Real MPG average for a Hyundai i40 (2012)


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31–58 mpg

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Would you be concerned about buying a high mileage 2014 Jaguar XF?
"I'm about to spend some money my grandparents left me, but I'm worried that I might waste it. I need a secondhand car for my family and I've always wanted a Jaguar. I've found a 2014 Jaguar XF D V6 with 113,020 miles on the clock, but I'm concerned about the high mileage. Would I be better getting a 2016 Hyundai i40 CRDI SE with average mileage for a little less money? "
I, too, would be concerned about the mileage on this Jag. Will be getting to the point where the DPF fills up with ash and needs a new timing belt, tensioner, waterpump and aux belt. Probably some other things. The i40 makes more sense and will still be under Hyundai warranty for another four years.
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Is a disparity in the amount of wear on my brake pads indicative of a fault?
"My dealer-maintained Hyundai i40 CRDi urgently needs replacement front discs due to 70 per cent wear on one side and 30 per cent on the other. Surely this would indicate a fault on a carefully driven car at 48,000 miles. Needles to say I could do with some encouraging points to argue that this cannot be normal wear and tear."
The 30 per cent - 70 per cent disparity isn't normal. The calipers on one side must be sticking on their pins. A blast with an airline might clean them up.
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Should I purchase my company car at the end of its lease?
"I have a company car, a 2012 Hyundai i40, 1.7 diesel estate. I am coming to the end of the lease and am wondering whether I should buy the car? I have done 121,000 miles and have been given a price to purchase by the lease company of £6500, including VAT. In the time I have had the car it has needed some work doing to it, although generally speaking it has been a good car. It has heated leather electric seats, navigation, cruise control, etc, although I am trying to not let these influence my decision. I only have until 20 January 2017 to make a decision. If you advise not to purchase, what would you suggest is a good equivalent alternative for £6500? "
Because the car has been owned by the leasing company it is VAT qualifying, which means they have claimed the original input VAT on it back from HMRC. To sell the car, they have to charge VAT on it and as a non-VAT registered individual you can't claim it back. My advice is to offer £5000 including VAT and if they won't take it look for something else with lower mileage.
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Hyundai fuel filter problem
"Last week a warning light came on telling me that there was "Water in Fuel Filter" and the car went into limp mode. I asked my local garage to fit a new filter and he has just reported that there was no trace of water and, worryingly, the warning light remains on. The car has done 21000 miles and I have booked it into the Hyundai Main Dealer. Any thoughts on this, please?"
The fuel filters in these are sensitive to globules of emulsified fuel in the fuel filter, which occur in biodiesel when the temperature drops because the bio part of the diesel has a higher moisture content than fossil diesel. Your local garage probably cannot re-set the fault code.
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What does a Hyundai i40 (2012) cost?

Contract hire from £330.96 per month