Hyundai i40 estate
Price £20,850 - £28,850
- Spacious cabin with lots of kit
- Cheap to run
- Low prices
- Love-or-loathe-it styling
- Rivals are more fun to drive
- Lacks badge appeal of competitors
At a glance
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 one of the newer large family estate cars on the market. It competes with established rivals such as the Ford Mondeo estate, Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer, Toyota Avensis Tourer and Volkswagen Passat estate.
Bold styling makes the i40 stand out from the crowd and its sleek lines go some way to concealing the extra bulk of the estate compared to the i40 saloon. Even so, there's a lot of space inside: the boot can take 553 litres of luggage with the rear seats up and 1,719 litres when they’re folded down.
The i40 also has a retractable luggage screen and underfloor storage areas, so it's a really practical car. Hyundai is known for good value for money and the i40 has a lot of standard equipment for the price – putting many a more expensive rival to shame.
The choice of engines is quite limited, though: there's a 1.7-litre diesel engine with two power outputs – and that's it. On the plus side, fuel economy is impressive for such a large car: i40 estates fitted with a manual gearbox will exceed 60mpg. The automatic is best avoided though, as it increases CO2 emissions from a respectable 110-123g/km for the manual to 129g/km, which increases the tax bill – especially for company car drivers.
Although it isn’t tremendous fun to drive, the i40 Tourer is very comfortable on the road. The cabin is quiet and even though the Hyundai doesn’t handle as sharply as the Ford Mondeo estate, it does feel safe and composed at speed, so it's a good motorway car.
There are four trim levels available: S, SE Nav, SE Nav Business and Premium. Every model comes with 16-inch alloy wheels, air conditioning and Bluetooth phone connectivity. The SE Nav model adds the likes of DAB digital radio and sat nav, while the Premium model includes an electric tailgate and a panoramic sunroof.
Our top choice is SE Nav trim with the more powerful 139bhp engine and a manual gearbox, as you get a little more performance than the 114bhp model, but running costs are low enough that most drivers would be hard-pressed to notice the difference.
The Hyundai i40 Tourer offers very low running costs and a long warranty
Reasonable dynamics, but the Hyundai i40 Tourer isn’t as sharp as the Ford Mondeo to drive
The Hyundai i40 Tourer provides a smooth ride and is spacious inside
The Hyundai i40 Tourer estate offers decent carrying capacity and passenger space
The Hyundai i40 isn’t as reliable as other Hyundais, but dealers are good