Hyundai showcases new i40 saloonMondeo, Insignia and Passat rival unveiled

13 May 2011

Hyundai i40 saloon

The Hyundai i40 saloon goes up against the Ford Mondeo and Vauxhall Insignia

Revealed in estate form earlier this year at the Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai has officially unveiled the saloon version of its new i40 D-segment player. 

Pushing Hyundai into new territory, the i40 brings signature Hyundai strong points like a five-year warranty and the latest ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language into the traditionally fiercely fought fleet market to compete with established big sellers like the Ford Mondeo, Vauxhall Insignia and VW Passat.

Given the recent form of Hyundai and sister brand Kia, the mainstream competitor brands will be looking closely at the i40 and be aware of the threat the Korean brands represent.

Read our coming soon report for the Hyundai i40 estate

Hyundai i40: styled with European market in mind 

Hyundai i40 saloon

Hyundai has designed the i40 to compete in the European market

No longer merely cut-price cars with long warranties, cars like the i40 are able to compete on their own terms and, styled with European markets in mind, look every bit as good as their rivals.

Though slightly shorter in wheelbase than the benchmark Mondeo, Hyundai is claiming class-leading head, shoulder and legroom for the driver and front-seat passenger. Expect technology and engines from the estate version to carry over to the saloon too, including the ‘auto defog’ system for quick windscreen clearing, lane departure warning, auto parking and latest 1.7-litre diesel engine.

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Hyundai i40: Intelligent Stop and Go

In keeping with the downsizing trend now sweeping the sector in 136hp form (the only with an auto option) this engine offers power and performance you’d expect of a 2.0-litre engine while in 115hp trim it achieves 

122g/km and an official combined fuel consumption of 65.7mpg. With the Blue Drive Technology ISG (Intelligent Stop and Go) system CO2 falls further to just 113g/km. A direct-injection 1.6-litre and new direct-injection 2.0-litre engine unveiled in the i40 estate make up the petrol options though diesels will likely account for most of the sales here in Europe.

In terms of styling, engine choice, safety features and eco technology the i40 appears up there with the class leaders, the additional benefits of that five-year warranty and expected keen pricing promising a strong showing in an already competitive sector.

Want to know what else the Hyundai i40 is up against? Which? members can check out full reviews of rivals in the large car class

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