Hyundai i40 estate

Price  £20,850 - £28,850

Hyundai i40 estate

reviewed by Carbuyer

  • Decent fuel economy
  • Good value for money
  • Roomy, well equipped interior
  • Bold looks may not appeal to all
  • Rivals are better to drive
  • Badge lacks prestige

At a glance

The greenest
S 1.7 CRDi 115PS Blue Drive 5dr £20,850
The cheapest
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The fastest
SE Nav 1.7 CRDi 141PS Blue Drive 5dr £23,650
Top of the range
Premium 1.7 CRDi 141PS Blue Drive DCT 5dr £28,850

The Hyundai i40 Estate marks a step in a new direction for the Korean firm. Until now it has concentrated on small cars, but the sharp looking i40 has the Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat in its sights.

The Hyundai i40 Tourer is a comparative newcomer to the large family estate car market. It competes with estate versions of the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia, Toyota Avensis and the more upmarket Volkswagen Passat.

Its bold styling lends a fairly sleek look that hides some of the bulk necessary to make the i40 Tourer such a spacious car. Families will be impressed by its practicality: the boot will hold 533 litres of luggage with the seats up and a decent 1,719 litres with them down.

The car also gets underfloor cubbies and a retractable luggage screen. As ever with Hyundai, the big draw for many buyers is the value for money on offer. There's a wealth of standard kit included, meaning the i40 puts many more expensive rivals to shame here.

On the other hand, the engine choice is more limited than in most of its rivals – just two versions of the same 1.7-litre diesel are available – but fuel economy is good. Hyundai says more than 60mpg is possible from manual models, but pick the automatic and you’ll struggle to achieve 47mpg. Choosing that gearbox bumps CO2 emissions up from an affordable 113-119g/km (depending on trim level) to a costly 159g/km.

On the road, the Hyundai i40 Tourer is more comfortable than fun to drive. The passenger compartment is well isolated from the outside world, and although the i40's handling can’t compete with the likes of the Ford Mondeo estate, it feels secure and composed at speed.

Three trim levels are available: Active, Style and Premium. All models come with alloy wheels, a height-adjustable driver's seat and air-con. Style models add dual-zone climate control, automatic wipers, cruise control and sat-nav.

Premium models also feature electrically operated and heated leather seats, a panoramic sunroof and an air-conditioned glovebox.

Our top choice is the Style trim combined with the more powerful version of the 1.7-litre diesel engine, because it offers enough performance to make overtaking and carrying heavy loads that little bit easier.

MPG, running costs & CO2

4.1 / 5

The Hyundai i40 Tourer offers very low running costs and a long warranty

Engines, drive & performance

3.5 / 5

Reasonable dynamics, but the Hyundai i40 Tourer isn’t as sharp as the Ford Mondeo to drive

Interior & comfort

3.8 / 5

The Hyundai i40 Tourer provides a smooth ride and is spacious inside

Practicality & boot space

4 / 5

The Hyundai i40 Tourer estate offers decent carrying capacity and passenger space

Reliability & safety

4.2 / 5

The Hyundai i40 isn’t as reliable as other Hyundais, but dealers are good

What the others say

3.7 / 5
based on 3 reviews
4 / 5
"The refined Hyundai i40 saloon is an impressively quiet cruiser. Hyundai is one of the most improved brands over the last decade (Kia, too) and that includes the way the way its cars drive."
3 / 5
"The i40 is stable at motorway speeds, and it remains pretty composed in bends. However, the steering undermines the driver's confidence because it feels artificially weighty in turns and vague around the straight-ahead position."
4 / 5
"All versions come with a huge amount of kit, while the two diesel engines offer inexpensive running cost. On top of this, you also get the company's excellent Five Year Triple Care package."
What owners say 
4.3 /5 based on 33 reviews
 of people would recommend this car to a friend
Last updated 
20 Jan 2015
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