Estates don’t have to look uninspiring and be dull to drive, as Hyundai’s i40 Tourer proves. This sleek yet practical family vehicle delivers more than you may expect from the class, and that’s even before you’ve seen the competitive price tag.
If you’re familiar with today’s Hyundai model family you won’t fail to recognise the vehicle. The front end features the brand’s unmistakable fascia, underlined by a large two-part grille and tapered headlamps. Meanwhile the firm’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language adds a sleek profile enhanced by neatly folded panels and soft curves. The estate sits on 16-inch alloy wheels as standard, with a rear spoiler, roof rails, LED lights and front fog lamps all included at no additional cost.
The cabin is just as impressive, and is defined by its space, comfort and usability. The boot holds 553 litres of luggage with the rear bench upright, while folding it flat increases this to a superb 1,719 litres. Head and legroom is excellent for passengers in the front or rear, and when at the cabin’s head you’ll find an intuitive dashboard stretching out in front.
To satisfy the requirements of more motorists and deliver real value for money, the i40 is offered with trim grades of Active, Style and Premium. Active starts the range and impresses with a Bluetooth® interface featuring voice recognition, steering wheel-mounted audio and telephone controls and iPod® connectivity. Front and rear parking sensors come fitted to the mid-range Style, as does a touchscreen satellite navigation system with rear-view parking camera. This plus keyless entry and an LCD instrument cluster arrive with the top-end Premium variant.
Under the bonnet there’s one more important piece of technology - one of three refined Hyundai engines. The 114bhp 1.7-litre CRDi is the choice for clean output and unbeatable economy. Just 113g/km of CO2 is released, and with 65.7mpg returned you can look forward to fewer stops at the pumps. A higher-powered 134bhp 1.7-litre CRDi is the alternative, and you can opt for the Blue Drive with manual transmission or an automatic gearbox.
Safety is another of the i40 Tourer’s strengths as the five-star crash rating from Euro NCAP proves. Multiple airbags, head restraints and ISOFIX child seat anchorages protect occupants should a collision occur, and there are various active technologies to prevent them in the first place. Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) keeps you in command when the car is under strain, and Brake Assist System (BAS) stops the car quicker to help you avoid a collision.
The capable i40 Tourer is among the best for value in the segment, and Hyundai’s five-year warranty with five year’s roadside assistance adds to this. For exciting and rewarding motoring, contact Eden Hyundai to learn more and to arrange a test drive soon.