Hyundai i40 Tourer Review - The business and fleet market can be a tough nut to crack, with competition ranging from everything like the Vauxhall Insignia to the Mercedes C-Class. So what about the Hyundai i40? The 2015 Hyundai updated its Hyundai i40 Tourer range with some new tweaks to its exterior, making it look much more modern and stylish, and rejigged its engines and transmissions. So let’s see what it’s got to offer.
The i40’s interior has obvious traits of Hyundai about it, with this funnel-like dashboard shape that neatly houses all the whistle and bells and the brand’s unmistakable blue lightning, which looks particularly cool at night time. Equipment across the range lives up to Hyundai’s well-equipped reputation for high kit levels, with every model gets Bluetooth and USB connectivity a leather wrapped steering wheel with convenient audio controls and 16 inch alloy wheels. The SE Nav model we are driving is great for those who are going to be eating up motorway miles, with a touchscreen navigation system with a rear view camera, cruise control with speed limiter and heated seats.
Its seating position goes hand-in-hand with its cruiser personality, with plenty of adjustment and supportive seats that really hug you in place which is great for long trips. Those chunky C-pillars do obstruct your rear vision a bit though. Although you are unlikely to have a full car of passengers, the i40 is more than capable, with leg room in the rear being enormous. And thankfully the slightly sloping roof doesn’t aped on headroom too much either But does this leg room threaten boot space nope, not one bit. There is 553 litres on offer with the seats up trumping its Insignia Sports Tourer and Mondeo Estate rivals, and 1,719 litres with the seats folded down. The only problem is that the seats don’t fold completely flat, which is worth noting if you travel up and down the country with a bike or plenty of luggage or a surf board. Motorway cruisers don’t necessarily need to be amazing in the handling department, because let’s be honest, you are going to be driving in a straight line the majority of the time.
The Hyundai i40 though offers good levels of responsiveness and speed sensitive power steering, giving a bit more character to it as it can adjust accordingly. Its drive definitely offers more predictability and confidence than the Insignia, but the Mondeo still has the edge when it comes to agility. As long journeys will no doubt be on the itinerary, the i40’s supple suspension will serve you well, but, although the suspension masks the lumps and bumps in the road, the small thumping sound does still make it through to the cabin. The 1.7-litre diesel available comes with two power outputs, 113 and 139bhp. The 139bhp variant we are driving will return an average of around 50mpg in real world driving and emits 114g/km of CO2. is its coupling with a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission. Once you are up to speed this gearbox accelerates through the gears very smoothly, but when you are edging off at junctions or edging your way backwards on the driveway, it can be a bit jolty, and this takes some getting used to.
With that said, it is very smooth and comfortable all-round and so much so, you end up coming to the end of your journey so relaxed, that you want to take a bath each to their own I suppose. Priced at £1,250 more than the i40 saloon, the Tourer model sits in between its ford and Vauxhall rivals at just under £21,000 and you know what, when it comes to driving dynamics and interior quality, it sits quite comfortably in between both those models. But let’s not forget its five year, unlimited mileage warranty which will be a particularly enticing proposition for anyone after a cruiser. Thanks for read Hyundai i40 Tourer Review.