Hyundai i40 - Used

Car Review

Hyundai i40, 2016, front
Hyundai i40, 2016, side
Hyundai i40, 2016, rear
Hyundai i40, 2016, interior
Hyundai i40, 2016, rear seats
Hyundai i40, 2016, boot

THE great thing about buying any secondhand Hyundai is that the five year unlimited mileage warranty is transferable and the cars are very reliable in the first place.

The company's big saloon and Tourer estate is the i40, which comes with excellent interior space and a range of low emission high economy engines.

It's nowhere near as common as big family cars like the Ford Mondeo and Peugeot 508 it competes with and its sleeker and better looking from all angles.

It also comes better equipped than they do straight out of the showroom.

Many were originally sold as company cars and all of those will almost certainly be powered by the diesel engine options.

There are two 1.7-litre units, with either 113 or 134bhp. The 113bhp model offers fairly leisurely 0-62mph acceleration of 12.8 seconds and a top speed of 119mph, while the higher powered model pushes the 62 sprint to a much better 10.3 seconds and can forge on to a top speed of 125.

Top spec Tourers were also available with a 2.0-litre diesel but it's not much quicker than the best 1.7 and has poor economy.

There is also a 1.6 GDi petrol engine available with 133bhp. This is available in standard form or with the company's Blue Drive technology, which includes low rolling resistance tyres, start stop and other tech, to cut emissions.

Acceleration to 62mph takes about 11 seconds, best economy figure is 47mpg and emissions for the Blue Drive models are 140 grammes per kilometre.

The 1.7 diesels have official fuel consumption averages of between 62 and 67mpg and emissions of just under 115g/km.

All models come with a six-speed manual gearbox that has a lovely slick and easy change and a light clutch and an automatic six-speed was available as an extra.

The 1.7 diesel should be the engine of choice for most secondhand buyers because the higher powered version brings good acceleration off the line and through the gears and it is smooth and willing from even pretty low speeds.

There's very little roll in the corners and the level of grip is excellent, but perhaps the steering could do with a little more feedback.

Comfort is excellent in all situations but is better - as usual - if you avoid the larger 18 inch wheels and their lower profile tyres.

The seats are comfortable both front and rear - which is more unusual than you might think - and they give good side support through the corners.

Engines are very subdued at all speeds and there is also very little wind or road noise, so that this is a very relaxing car to drive long distances.

As I said above, standard equipment for your money is second to none. There are basically three trims levels - Active, Style and Premium and all have alloy wheels, Bluetooth, voice recognition, leather covered steering wheel with audio controls, air con, electric heated mirrors and an electric parking brake with auto hold.

Style adds 17-inch alloys, front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, touchscreen sat nav, rear view camera and climate control, while Premium adds 18-inch alloys (to be avoided for comfort) leather upholstery, keyless entry and LCD instruments.

Pay about £9,600 for a ‘15 15-reg 136bhp, 1.7 CRDi Blue Drive Style Tourer, or £11,800 for a ‘15 15-reg, 115bhp 1.7 Blue Drive SE Nav saloon.

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