In-depth Reviews

Hyundai i40 saloon (2011-2019) - Reliability & safety

Hyundai builds robust, well developed cars, and the Hyundai i40 is no different

Carbuyer Rating

3.3 out of 5

Owners Rating

4.2 out of 5

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Reliability & safety Rating

3.5 out of 5

A five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty shows that Hyundai has great confidence in the quality of its cars – including the i40 – although customer survey results indicate the brand’s saloon flagship may not be quite as reliable as it would hope. Safety is top-notch, though, with an excellent independent crash-test rating and plenty of modern technology to protect those on board giving drivers and passengers the ultimate peace of mind.

Hyundai i40 reliability

Hyundai has become known for building reliable cars and the company puts its money where its mouth is with an excellent five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty that is transferable to subsequent owners. Respondents to our annual Driver Power customer satisfaction survey were a bit lukewarm on the model, however, rating it only 151st out of the top 200 cars for reliability and not being overly impressed by the driving experience.

They did like the car’s practicality and on-board technology, though, giving it a final position of 85th overall. Hyundai as a brand finished 21st out of 32 manufactuers – a fall of three spots from the previous year that it’ll hope to reverse sooner rather than later.


Hyundai has made the i40 very safe, with driver and passenger airbags, rear curtain airbags, anti-lock brakes, electronic stability control and hill-hold assist all coming as standard equipment. If you go for the Assist Pack, too, then extra safety systems are added, such as lane-keeping assistance to steer the car back into its lane should you drift out. The i40 secured the full five-star rating in Euro NCAP crash safety tests, with an excellent 92% score for adult occupant protection, so you can rest easy that you and your passengers will be well protected in the event of a crash.

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