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by Tim Beissmann

The Hyundai i40 Tourer is now on sale in Australia, offering a sharply styled medium wagon package with a competitive entry price, high equipment levels and an efficient diesel engine.

The Hyundai i40 Tourer shares its platform with the mid-sized i45 sedan. The base model wagon starts $5590 above the price of the sedan.

The Hyundai i40 Tourer will compete with the wagon variants of the Ford Mondeo ($32,840-$48,490), Mazda6 ($35,050-$42,525), Peugeot 508 ($42,490-$45,990), Skoda Octavia ($26,990-$43,790), Subaru Liberty ($35,990-$56,990) and the Volkswagen Passat ($40,990-$57,990).

The i40 Tourer Active with the 2.0-litre petrol engine and six-speed manual transmission starts the new range at $32,490 before on-road costs, while the most frugal i40 Tourer Active with the 1.7-litre diesel engine and six-speed manual will use fuel at a rate of 4.7 litres/100km on the combined cycle.

Both engines are available across all three trim levels. The Active is available with both transmissions, while the mid-spec Elite and range-topping Premium are available only with the six-speed automatic.

The 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine produces 130kW of power (at 6300rpm) and 213Nm of torque (at 4700rpm). The Active manual uses 6.8 litres/100km on the combined cycle, while the auto models use 7.5-7.7 litres/100km depending on spec level.

The 1.7-litre diesel engine uses 100kW of power (at 4000rpm) and 330Nm (manual)/320Nm (auto) of torque (2000-2500rpm). The Active manual is the fuel miser, achieving 4.7 litres/100km, which surprisingly matches the i30 diesel and betters its competitors. The auto variants are also among the class leaders, using 5.6-6.0 litres/100km.

All models (petrol and diesel) are fitted with a 70-litre fuel tank. There is 553 litres of cargo space in the boot, which expands to 1719 litres with the 60:40 split-fold rear seats folded down.

The standard safety package in the Hyundai i40 Tourer is a big leap forward, with nine airbags (dual front, front side, rear side, curtain, and driver’s knee), electronic stability control, hill-start assist, daytime running lights, automatic headlights, bending headlights and LED taillights.

All variants are fitted with alloy wheels (and a full-size alloy spare), increasing sequentially in size from 16 to 18 inches from Active to Premium.

The Active comes standard with four-speaker/two-tweeter audio system with auxiliary, USB and Bluetooth for full audio and phone connectivity. Interior features include cruise control, electronic park brake, paddle shifters (auto), manual air conditioning, cloth seats and centre-rear armrest.

For an extra $5000, the Elite adds bigger wheels; premium audio system with six-CD in-dash stacker, amplifier and woofer; electric driver’s seat with lumbar support, height-adjustable passenger seat; rain-sensing wipers; chrome door handles; fog lights; alloy pedals; interior chrome/brushed aluminium highlights; footwell lighting; dual-zone climate control; glovebox cooling; cargo blind and luggage rails.

For another $5000, the range-topping Premium scores the 18-inch alloys, adaptive front lighting system with HID headlights, rear camera integrated into rear-view mirror, 4.2-inch LCD display, electric folding side mirrors, panoramic glass sunroof, tinted rear privacy glass, ventilated front sports seats, driver’s seat memory, electric front passenger seat with lumbar support, heated leather/leatherette front and rear seats, satin exterior door finish and stainless steel scuff plates.

Hyundai i40 Tourer manufacturer’s list prices (excluding government and dealer charges):

  • Active 2.0 GDI manual – $32,490
  • Active 2.0 GDI automatic – $34,490
  • Active 1.7 CRDi manual – $34,490
  • Active 1.7 CRDi automatic – $36,490
  • Elite 2.0 GDI automatic – $39,490
  • Elite 1.7 CRDi automatic – $41,490
  • Premium 2.0 GDI automatic – $44,490
  • Premium 1.7 CRDi automatic – $46,490

Metallic paint $450 (Active, Elite)