Hyundai i40 estate
Price £20,850 - £28,850
- 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 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.
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