From a styling perspective alone, the i40 is visually stunning. It has the kind of looks to be a game changer in the medium car segment and that’s before we’ve even turned the engine over.
Designed under the watchful eye of Hyundai’s Chief Designer, Thomas Bürkle, at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the i40 Tourer pretty much personifies Hyundai’s new brand slogan “New Thinking. New Possibilities.”
Up close, the i40 is very Euro in its shape and general stance and while we only got the chance to look over a static version of the top spec ‘Premium’ model; the fit, finish and materials all look to be first class.
Hyundai have clearly set out to create a winner in the i40 Tourer with superb quality leather upholstery and seating design that includes both heated and cooled seats in the front and heating in the second row.
There’s also a tonne of room inside the car too. I set my normal driving position and then sat in the back seat behind the driver, and the rear legroom was extraordinarily generous. Again, passenger comfort and space has been very well thought through.
The level of creature comforts in this ‘Premium’ i40 is so extensive that I would be surprised if it isn’t a runaway leader in the medium car segment.
i40 customers have the choice of three trim levels – Active, Elite and Premium. As far as powertrains go, there are just two choices; a 2.0-litre GDI petrol or a 1.7-litre CRDi diesel engine mated to either a six-speed automatic or manual transmission, depending on what trim level you choose.
Fuel economy is said to be outstanding across both engines with figures for the diesel as low as 4.7L/100km and CO2 emissions of just 124g/km.
The level of standard safety kit on board is extensive and includes the likes of nine (yes that’s 9) airbags, LED Daytime Running Lights and a full suite of active safety systems including Emergency Stop Signal (ESS).
Hyundai i40 Tourer pricing starts at $32,490 for the petrol Active manual and tops out at $44,990 for the automatic Premium. In the diesel variants, entry level is $34,490 for the Active manual and $46,490 for the Premium automatic.
CarAdvice will post a full review and road test of Hyundai’s new i40 Tourer this weekend.