Hyundai i40 Tourer (2011) Review

Hyundai i40 Tourer (2011) At A Glance

4/5

+Good quality and fairly stylish for an estate. Plenty of standard equipment. Comfortable ride. Economical diesel engines

-Awkward boot shape. Lacklustre image

Insurance Groups are between 12–18
On average it achieves 78% of the official MPG figure

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.

Initially the i40 Tourer was only one engine, a 1.7-litre diesel in three versions - 115PS, 136PS and 141PS. This was replaced by a 1.6 CRDi diesel late in 2018, while a 1.6-litre GDi petrol was also introduced. One thing all these engines have in common is impressive fuel economy - with the latest diesels capable of a combined 54.3mpg under WLTP tests.

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

Real MPG average for a Hyundai i40 Tourer (2011)

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Average performance

78%

Real MPG

32–62 mpg

MPGs submitted

226

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What should I replace my Hyundai i40 Tourer with?
"I'm looking to trade up on my current Hyundai i40 Tourer that I've had for five years. I want to find something with a reasonably sized boot but it needs to be higher and easier to get into. I dont like the Nissan X-Trail, so that's out. I do about 15,000 miles a year my budget is £16-18,000. I need your advice for something with a good stereo and sat nav for that price."
If you can find a diesel Skoda Kodiaq within budget, that'd be my choice. It's got a very good navigation system and a huge boot. A Honda CR-V would be another good choice, although it's not got the best infotainment system.
Answered by Andrew Brady
Diesel repeatedly leaking into sump
"Since buying the car in Jan 2015 it has suffered from diesel leaking into the sump from the fuel pump on 3 occasions. On the first 2 occasions the pump was replaced under warranty after being off the road for a month and it is in the workshop now to rectify the latest occurrence. I now have no confidence in the car and when it happened on New Years Eve at 70mph on a motorway the smoke obscured the carriageway putting other road users and my family at risk. Do I have grounds for getting Hyundai to replace the car or buy it back at the purchase price?"
You probably do. The problem must be due to a malfunction of the programmed active regeneration of the DPF during which extra fuel is pumped into the engine to fire and burn off the soot in the DPF. Obviously having had a year's use out of the car you can only expect 'market value', not what you paid for it. Law here: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/ I'm assuming the car was new in January 2015.
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Problems with my brand new i40 - what can I do?
"I took delivery of a new Hyundai i40 Tourer Premium SE on 5th April 2014. All seemed OK except the gear change pretty rough. This did not improve with use. On 24th June I did my first long journey, a round trip of over 1000 miles and I had problems. Several times I could not get the car into gear and on one occasion nearly caused an accident on a roundabout. I reported this both to Hyundai and the garage where I purchased the car. The garage diagnosed the problem. They said the clutch had design fault and a new clutch had now been designed to cure this problem; they said they would order one and fit it. That was six weeks ago and I am informed that the new clutch is not yet available and is on back order! The problem is getting worse and my wife will not drive the car. Have you any advice which might speed thing up? I note from the internet that other people have had similar problems with this car."
You can reject the car outright as "not of satisfactory quality" because it came with a fault under the ruling in Clegg v Olle Andersson, House of Lords, 2003. (http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/faq/consumer-rights/). Or you could demand that the dealer supplies you with an equivalent properly working car until he is able to fix the car he originally supplied you with. You need a sit down meeting with the dealer principal of the dealership that sold you the car.
Answered by Honest John
Buying a car online - is it safe?
"I am considering replacing my current vehicle with a Hyundai i40 Tourer Premium SE Blue Drive (136PS). Although a mouthful to say, I really like the car and the way it drives, but as ever it always comes down to price. I have been on the internet and found a couple of websites offering the Premium SE at £2000 less than my local dealer. Are these online brokers and dealers trustworthy? "
Only buy via a broker that guarantees in writing that you will receive the V5C as soon as the DVLA can get it to you. Do not agree to having the car registered to someone else for six months.
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