Hyundai i40 Tourer Review
The Hyundai i40 Tourer is a well-equipped and roomy estate car that comes with a five-year warranty, but it isn’t as fun or economical as some alternatives.
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The Hyundai i40 Tourer is a family estate car that stands alongside alternatives like the Ford Mondeo Estate and Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer. While it may be cheaper to buy than these other cars, you can really feel it in the low-quality interior and bland drive.
If you are underwhelmed by the bland exterior styling, things look better when you sit inside. The dashboard sweeps and tapers neatly around its large infotainment screen and function buttons. All of the controls are easy to use and laid out well.
It’s a shame, then, that the interior doesn’t feel as good as it looks. The switches found on the driver’s right-hand side and the plastics of the dashboard as a whole feel cheap and old-fashioned. Plus, the resolution of the 7-inch infotainment touchscreen is 2005 Nintendo DS levels of low.
However, the i40 Tourer’s spaciousness is generous. The back seats can fit two adults – although a third will be a bit of a squeeze – and the 553-litre boot eclipses alternatives like the Mondeo Estate.
The i40 Tourer is not a fun car. All the same, you can’t deny its impressive equipment list and roomy interior.
The i40 Tourer is well-equipped as well, even in the standard SE Nav trim. Every car comes with the essentials: a rear parking camera, Bluetooth/Android Auto/Apple CarPlay compatibility, a built-in satnav, lane-departure warnings, and automatic wipers and headlights. The top-spec Premium trim doesn’t add much to this list (the most exciting things are front and rear parking sensors), so it’s not really worth the extra money.
The i40 Tourer has four engines available. Of these, there is only one petrol: a 1.6-litre, 135hp manual that can go from 0-62mph in 11.6 seconds. This is only available on the SE Nav version and has the performance for towns and motorways, but isn’t as economical as the three diesel options. Overall, the automatic 1.6-litre diesel should probably be your port of call, as its power and transmission make it the easiest to use on the urban school run and/or work commute.
As you hit the road and actually drive the i40 Tourer, you’ll find it capable but not exceptional. There’s no fun or vigour to be found in its performance and larger potholes can cause some body rattle. However, on smoother urban roads and motorways, you won’t have many complaints. On these roads, the i40 Tourer will do what you want it to do, although it won’t exactly be entertaining.
The Hyundai i40 Tourer is essentially a good family estate car. It’s cheap, roomy, well-equipped and has a generous five-year warranty. However, there’s little quality or finesse to the interior and the way it drives. It will take you from A to B well enough – just don’t expect to be grinning from ear to ear as it does so.