The Hyundai i40 Tourer: A Refreshing Alternative?

Models like the Ford Mondeo and the Vauxhall Insignia dominate the estate car market. It's an attractive one for buyers, especially corporate fleet users. And it's a lucrative one for the car makers themselves.

It's no secret that some models like the Honda Accord Tourer have tried and failed to capitalise here. But, one model that seems to be making waves in the estate market is the Hyundai i40 Tourer. So, is it a car worth considering if you want a workhorse?

Check out the car's primary selling points below to decide for yourself! Here is what you need to know:

A short but worthy list of engine choices

For some people, what's under the bonnet is a huge deciding factor when it comes to buying a car. The Hyundai i40 Tourer offers just four engine choices: two petrol and two diesel.

First up are the two petrol choices. There's a 136 brake horsepower 1.6-litre direct-injected model. It offers 47 mpg combined, and costs £71.50 a year to tax. The other petrol choice is the 2.0-litre 177bhp unit. It'll get you to 60mph from a standing start in just 9.4 seconds. But it has the worst fuel economy at 39 mpg.

The diesel choices comprise of two 1.7-litre units. One is 113 brake horsepower and offers 65 mpg combined. The other has more power at 134 bhp but worse fuel economy at 62 mpg. Both are at VED tax band C, which means it'll cost £30 a year to tax.

All engines come with a six-speed manual transmission by default. But, it's possible to get an automatic version on some engine and trim level combos.

A better handling car than some of the competition

You might think the Ford Mondeo and the Vauxhall Insignia offer superior handling on the road. But, if you take out one of these new Hyundai cars for a test drive, especially the i40, you'll notice one thing. The road handling capabilities are second to none!

Although it uses electric power steering, it feels "weighted" when you drive. One thing I hate about EPS is that it makes you feel like you're driving in the air rather than on the road. I'm quite shocked if I'm honest that it's not the case with the i40 Tourer.

Good equipment specification as standard

There are three trim levels on the Hyundai i40 Tourer. They are Active, Style and Premium.

The base Active trim comes with Bluetooth, along with a leather steering wheel. It also features electric heated mirrors, and electric windows all round. The handbrake is electric too, and offers an "automatic hold" function. 16-inch alloy wheels also come as part of the deal on the Active.

On the mid-range Style, you get a few extras. A touchscreen display with sat-nav is the notable upgrade, along with a rearview camera. It also comes with front and rear parking sensors, and dual-zone climate control. The wheels are an inch bigger in diameter too.

Finally, there is the range-topping Premium. Leather interior, keyless entry and a panoramic sunroof come as standard. You also get 18-inch alloy wheels and the option to get features like Smart Parking Assist.

You can see why the Hyundai i40 is causing such a stir in the estate car market! 

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The Hyundai i40 Tourer: A Refreshing Alternative? The Hyundai i40 Tourer: A Refreshing Alternative? Reviewed by Hayley Reeve on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 Rating: 5

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