Hyundai's big push upmarket was helped along by the stylish and practical Hyundai i40 saloon – a family car with style and an efficient engine. Like most Hyundais nowadays, it isn’t cheap, but you do get a loads of equipment and accessories as standard for your money – it definitely gives the Volkswagen Passat some real competition.
The i40 comes in four specifications – entry-level S, mid-range SE Nav and SE Nav Business, and top-of-the-range Premium – all come with alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity and automatic headlights as standard. As you'd expect, the most economical model is the lower power 1.7-litre diesel, but the i40 is fun to drive as well, and easily matches the likes of the Peugeot 508 for enjoyment, even if it does lag behind the Ford Mondeo.
Interior quality is good, built from quality materials and overall, the i40 is an appealing purchase. If you need more than 500 litres of boot space on offer, then there's a Tourer estate also available, which gives the same good looks but in a more practical body. Even more attractive is Hyundai's super-competitive triple-care package, which includes a five-year/unlimited mileage warranty, servicing and RAC roadside assistance – all as standard on all models.