$31,990 – $46,590
Good: Sleek European design; Impressive list of standard features and quality fit & finish.
Not so Good: High revving petrol engine; Noticeable air/wind noise from inside the cabin; Road roar from variants fitted with 18-inch alloys; No Sat Nav.
Design and Engineering
Good : Hitting our shores in October 2011 the new Hyundai i40 Tourer is designed and engineered at Hyundai’s European headquarters in Germany, the i40 Tourer offers customers a mid-size wagon that features European styling, exceptional standard features and quality fit & finish across the model range.
The i40 Tourer features Hyundai’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design which looks to nature as a source of inspiration.
Hyundai’s signature hexagonal front grille is prominent and gels well with the ‘eagle-eye’ headlamps.
The profile of the i40 features a strong character line that extends from the top of the front wheel arch to the rear combination lamp giving the i40 a strong road presence.
The LED daytime running headlights and LED rear tail lights give the new i40 Tourer a premium look and integrate well into the vehicles overall design.
Not so good : It’s hard to fault the i40 Tourer in terms of design because it’s one of the stylish if not the most stylish wagons on the market today. Although because of its unique styling and design, the i40 Tourer may not appeal to all buyers.
Interior and Styling
Good : Stepping inside the i40 Tourer the interior feels spacious. The large dash is covered in soft touch plastics that look and feel great. The entry model gets piano black inserts in the doors, dash and middle console, while Elite and Premium models gets brushed aluminium ‘look’ inserts that give the interior an overall modern look.
The fabric covered seats found in the Active and Elite models are firm but comfortable, while the leather seats in the Premium have a quality look and feel.
A stand out feature only available on Premium models is the three-piece panoramic glass roof with the mid-mounted cinema-curtain. The roof is operated by a one-touch power safety control that is mounted just above the rear view mirror. The panoramic glass roof further enhances the spacious feel of the interior and also lets an abundance of natural light through to the cabin.
The interior also features a multi-point lighting system and one-touch anit-pinch (auto up and down) window controls for all windows. There are numerous stowage options for front and rear passengers, as well as a glove box cooling system on Elite and Premium models.
All buttons and switches are illuminated by a blue light and are made easily accessible by the driver, the centre console is well laid out and the LCD display for the sound system is easy to read and operate.
The i40 Tourer also comes with Bluetooth hands-free operation (telephone hands-free and audio streaming), MP3 capable CD player with full iPod compatibility, USB / auxiliary inputs and AM/FM radio. The Elite and Premium variants feature a high-grade audio system, incorporating an in-dash six-CD stacker, four speakers, two tweeters and a subwoofer for your listening pleasure.
Not so good : At this point there is no Sat Nav available in any models across the entire range, not even as an added option.
Sound insulation could have been better as outside wind noise and road roar were prominent in the cabin.
Good :The i40 Tourer comes with the choice of petrol and diesel engines across the model range.
The 1.7-litre Common Rail Direct Injection (CRDi) diesel engine is the stand out of the two engines, featuring 100 kW of power and 320 Nm torque. The diesel engine is very responsive under throttle and delivers the 320Nm of torque in a very smooth manner with next to no turbo lag. This makes variants equipped with the diesel engine very enjoyable to drive and because there is very little noise you never get a sense that the engine is struggling to perform.
Another plus for the 1.7-litre diesel is fuel consumption; Active models use just 5.6-litres per 100km (auto) while the Elite and Premium use 6.0-litres per 100km (auto) on a combined cycle.
Not so good: The 2.0-litre Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI) petrol engine feels a little underwhelming, featuring 130kW and 213Nm of torque. Although the 2.0-litre petrol features 30kW more than the diesel, it wasn’t quite as impressive; the engine was noisy even under normal acceleration and overtaking takes some planning and forward vision as the 2.0-litre seems to take a few moments to jump into action even with your foot fully planted.
Fuel consumption isn’t too bad with the Active (auto) using 7.5-litres per 100km and the Elite and Premium (auto) use 7.7-litres per 100km on a combined cycle.
Ride and Handling
Good : The engineers over at Hyundai have done extensive local tuning and tweaking to ensure that the i40 Tourer’s suspension and steering systems could match Australia’s unique road conditions – and it shows.
The i40 Tourer is a very comfortable ride, it feels just at home cruising along on the freeway at 100km/h as it does being thrown through some twisty country roads at speed. The steering feels tight and direct while the suspension absorbs any harsh bumps or pot holes thrown at it. In this respect Hyundai have done well, there is a good balance between comfort and handling performance.
Not so good : We found that the larger 17-inch and 18-inch wheels with low profile rubber on the higher grades threw the balance of the car out a little. While the bigger wheels look fantastic they failed to outperform the smaller 16-inch wheels found on the Active models.
There was much more noticeable road roar from the low profile tyres (which can be expected) while cruising at 100km/h and less grip when pushing hard through corners at speed.
However, if most of your daily driving is on urban roads the larger wheels would be a fine choice.
Buying and Owning
Good : For peace of mind the i40 Tourer has an ANCAP 5-star safety rating – this is achieved through a host of safety features that include Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), ABS with EBD & Brake Assist System (BAS), Cornering Brake Control (CBC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).
The i40 Tourer is also fitted with nine airbags as standard on all models – driver and front passenger, driver knee, driver and front passenger side, rear outboard side, and full length curtain!
With its European styling and impressive standard features on offer across the model range, the i40 Tourer is a very tempting choice amongst the competition.
Not so good : If it comes down to looks alone the i40 Tourer has our vote, but, in terms of pricing, we think its competitors might be biting at its heels, however the i40 does offer a premium package loaded with a lot of equipment that is sure to keep a smile on your face.
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