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2015 Hyundai i40 Review

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great car to cruise in style.The Hyundai i40 was even designed and engineered in Europe.

As the model name suggests, the i40 is smaller than the i45 – though not by a large margin. At 4740mm long, the i40 is 80mm shorter than Hyundai's larger medium car. The i40 is also 20mm narrower.The premium angle, however, sees the smaller mid-sizer start $3000 higher than the i45, with the range kicking off at $29,990 for the Hyundai i40 Active sedan manual.

At the mid level sits the Hyundai i40 Elite that's priced from $36,990, with the range topped by the Premium trim.Good value-for-money across the board; sharp new frontal design; useful equipment added to base car; Tourer's vast cargo space; diesel engine refined and economicalCabin layout lacks flair, especially on fleet-friendly Active with its tiny screen; diesel still no firebrand; tyre noise suppression; rear headroom tight; some DCT quibbles.It has also — wisely — dealt with what loomed as an obvious issue of cannibalisation. How? It has axed all petrol-powered versions of the i40 sedan, because that void is already filled by the Sonata. Making the sedan a diesel-only offering makes it unique to the market, and gives Hyundai better segment coverage.

Finally, there's a range of price cuts of $1500 on all Active variants (diesel sedan, diesel Tourer and petrol Tourer) and $3600 on the Premium variants, reducing the walk-up cost to this spec, from the Active, to about $9000. The mid-range Elite spec has been deleted altogether.The entry Active variant trades in its old dot matrix unit for a new touchscreen — a 4.3-inch unit sans sat-nav. It has all the requisite USB/iPod/Bluetooth connections, and audio storage, but it's a little titchy and cheap to behold for a pseudo-premium vehicle.