Hyundai i40 Tourer (2011 – 2019) Review

Hyundai i40 Tourer (2011 – 2019) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
A great-value estate for used buyers, the Hyundai i40 Tourer comes with lots of kit and comfort. It’s competent rather than charismatic, though.

+Good quality. Fairly stylish for an estate. Economical diesel engines

-Awkward boot shape. Missing the image of a Volkswagen Passat Estate. Not much fun to drive.

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

The Hyundai i40 Tourer prioritises ease of use and comfort above driving fun. This means it’s not as engaging as a Ford Mondeo Estate, but the South Korean car delivers when it comes to carting families long distances with minimal fuss and expense. The boot isn’t as well shaped as some, like the Skoda Octavia and Skoda Superb Estate models, but it gives the Honda Accord Tourer and most other rivals a tough time. Read on for our full Hyundai i40 Tourer review.

The Hyundai i40 Tourer is Hyundai doing what it does best. It’s 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 impressive about the Hyundai i40 Tourer, you’d come up with a desirable used car, yet you’d never actually consider desirability to be one of its traits.

Initially, the Hyundai i40 Tourer estate was only available with 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 strong fuel economy – with the newer diesels capable of a combined 54.3mpg under WLTP tests.

The car was launched 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 set-up and climate control. This is a well-equipped car.

Cabin quality is excellent throughout, with good use of soft-touch plastics for the upper dash and door trim, plus glossy black trim even on base models.

Some of the dials and buttons are flimsy, and you might think the dashboard design falls into the ‘trying too hard’ category with its swoopy creases.

But overall the Hyundai i40 Tourer has a quality feel.

So, it’s well-equipped, spacious, comfortable and the numbers stack up.

What the Hyundai i40 Tourer lacks, though, is a sense of fun or feelgood factor. Whether that’s important will depend on what you want from your car.

Fancy a second opinion? Read heycar’s Hyundai i40 Tourer review.

Ask Honest John

My car doesn't have a CD player, can I fit one?

"I have a 2017 Hyundai i40 with a factory-fitted stereo radio system but it does not have a CD function. Can I buy and fit a CD player that will play through the car's speakers?"
While CDs have not become obsolete, they have been somewhat pushed to the side by car manufacturers with features such as DAB, Bluetooth and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto giving drivers a wealth of audio options. Depending on the specification of your Hyundai i40, you should have USB and AUX inputs available, so if you want to play your CDs in the car then you could purchase a portable CD player and plug that straight in. If you want something that is more factory-fit, you would have to purchase an aftermarket audio system and replace the standard fit unit, although this would be a relatively expensive option. We think that the easiest option would be to purchase an MP3 player and using the appropriate software to convert your favourite CDs into audio files. MP3 players are relatively inexpensive and can accept audio files in a lossless format - that means there is no loss in sound quality compared to the original CD. A 64Gb MP3 player could hold over 4000 songs in a lossless format such as FLAC, would take up less space in your car and means you can keep your CDs safely at home.
Answered by David Ross

Does my Hyundai i40 Tourer have a gearbox problem?

"I have recently purchased a 2018 Hyundai i40 Tourer diesel with an automatic gearbox. The car has done 42, 000 miles. On two recent occasions when I get into the car, start the engine and then move off the car has juddered as if the gearbox is slipping. Once the car has travelled a mile or so the issue does not repeat. Only does it when stating from cold. This issue is intermittent. Also, when I am travelling along if I touch the brakes the gearbox drops down either one or two gears and can result in the engine revving up to 3,500rpm. This issue is present all of the time when the brake pedal is pressed. Can you tell me if this seems to be a fault with the gearbox? I bought the car from a Hyundai main dealer and with an 18-month warranty. I wanted to make sure of the situation before I approach the dealer if there is indeed a fault with the gearbox. The issue was not present when I bought the car but it started after about four weeks after the purchase. "
This does sound like a fault with the automatic gearbox. It's possible it could simply be resolved with an oil change but it could be something more serious. We would get it to the dealer as soon as possible to avoid further gearbox damage.
Answered by Lawrence Allan

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: I'm assuming the car was new in January 2015.
Answered by Honest John
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