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Hyundai i40 Tourer (2011–)

Last updated 26 October 2018

Good quality and fairly stylish for an estate. Plenty of standard equipment. Comfortable ride. Economical diesel engine
Awkward boot shape. No petrol engines. Lacklustre image
Updated 26 October 2018

Report of offside LED DRL system (a strip of 10 LEDs) failing on a 2013 Hyundai i40 Tourer 8 months out of warranty. Whole headlight has to be replaced.

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The Hyundai i40 Tourer is Hyundai doing what it does best. A good quality, good value car that appeals to the left side of the brain rather than the right. In other words, if you made a big checklist of all the things that are good about the Hyundai i40 Tourer you’d come up with a desirable car, yet you’d never actually write 'desirable' as one of its traits.

For a start there's the price, which is around £2000 cheaper than an equivalent Ford Mondeo Estate across the range – the Mondeo having the smaller boot of the two as well.

There’s only one engine, a 1.7-litre diesel in three versions - 115PS, 136PS and 141PS, although the middle of those is an EU5 emissions standards unit being phased out in favour of the 141PS EU6. With all three of them, though, specify a manual gearbox and you’ll enjoy post-60mpg average fuel economy. That's great in a car this size.

In fact, by every measure the i40 Tourer is relatively cheap to run. Low VED rates, low BIK tax for company car drivers (20 or 23 per cent) and insurance ratings that kick off at just 13 mean this is an easily justifiable estate car. 

The car was launched in 2012 with trim levels called Active, Style and Premium, but a 2015 update changed that to S, SE Nav, SE Business and Premium. All cars get alloy wheels, Bluetooth and air conditioning plus you only need jump one grade to SE Nav for a full colour touchscreen multimedia setup and climate control – this is a well-equipped car, far from ‘low budget’ in that respect.  

Cabin quality is excellent throughout, with good use of soft-touch plastics for the upper dash and door trim plus glossy black trim even for base models. Some of the dials and buttons are flimsy and the dashboard design occasionally falls into the 'trying too hard' category with its swoopy creases, but overall the i40 Tourer has a quality feel.

So, it’s well-equipped, spacious, high quality and the numbers stack up. But what the i40 Tourer lacks is any sense of fun. Granted, fun is rarely a priority for estate buyers if you believe the cliche, but everything about the i40 Tourer just does a decent job – no more, no less. 

Hyundai i40 Tourer Road Test

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