Review: Hyundai i40 (2012)


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.

Hyundai i40 (2012): At A Glance

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.

What does a Hyundai i40 (2012) cost?

List Price from £17,490
Buy new from £15,325
Contract hire from £231.67 per month
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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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