The i40 is easy to drive and reasonably comfortable, but alternatives come with a wider range of engines and more advanced safety tech
All i40s come with a 1.7-litre diesel engine but you can get it with either 115hp or 141hp. The basic 115hp model is perfectly happy pottering around town while the 141hp version is better suited to longer motorway drives. Hyundai claims these engines will return 65.7mpg and 67.3mpg respectively but in the real world you can expect them to return approximately 50mpg.
As you might expect, the more powerful model is noticeably faster. Accelerating from 0-62mph takes 10.3 seconds – that’s hardly very exciting stuff but it’s more than two seconds quicker than the 115hp version. As a result, the 141hp model feels much more comfortable overtaking slow-moving traffic. It’s still not quite as responsive as some similarly powerful petrol-powered alternatives, however.
The i40’s 1.7-litre engine does a respectable job around town and on the motorway but it isn’t quite as perky or as frugal as similar engines in many alternatives
All i40s come with a six-speed manual gearbox which can be a little tricky to use at slow speeds. The optional automatic is better but can be a little jerky when you’re trying to park and will set you back an extra £1,900. It’s still worth considering if you do lots of long journeys in heavy traffic – it’ll help give your left leg a well-earned rest.
The pillars between the i40’s doors and its windscreen are nice and thin so there aren’t any particularly big blind spots when you’re at junctions. Sadly, it’s more difficult to see behind you thanks to the small rear windscreen which can make parking a bit tricky. At least you get front and rear parking sensors on Premium and SE Nav Business models to help you avoid low-speed scrapes in supermarket car parks.
The Hyundai does a decent job of ironing out bumps and potholes around town but models with larger alloy wheels fidget around slightly more on poorly maintained roads. All i40s lean more in tight corners than the likes of the Skoda Superb and Insignia Grand Sport too, and their slightly vague steering doesn’t give you a very good idea of what the front wheels are up to.
You’ll hear slightly more wind and tyre noise at motorway speeds in the i40 than in some more relaxing alternatives from Skoda and Ford, too. The Hyundai’s diesel engine isn’t quite as smooth as the engines you get in these cars, and it’s noisier around town, too.
Saying that, it’s still pretty relaxing to drive but you’ll have to pay extra for an SE Nav model if you want cruise control and lane-keeping assist is reserved for top-spec Premium cars.
Whichever model you go for, you can’t get the i40 with advanced automatic emergency braking like in most alternatives. It still earned a five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP back in 2011 but many more modern cars will provide more protection in a crash.