Which? Car was among the first to drive the new Hyundai i40 Tourer, a large estate that’s set to take on the Ford Mondeo.
The car represents a new direction for the Korean brand, which has just been awarded the Which? Award for Best Car Manufacturer 2011.
Find out why Hyundai won the award, and see who else won
Hyundai i40 Tourer first drive
The i40 Tourer is Hyundai’s first serious foray into the large car market.
Prices start from £18,395 and equipment is generous: alloy wheels, seven airbags, automatic headlights, Bluetooth and connections for MP3 players are standard, while touchscreen sat nav, an automatic parking system and even a heated steering wheel are available further up the range.
At launch, engines include a 1.6-litre GDi petrol, 1.7 CRDi turbodiesel and a 2.0-litre petrol which have CO2 emissions of 140g/km, 134g/km and 169g/km respectively. There’s also a Blue Drive (eco) version of the diesel, with emissions of 113g/km and claimed fuel economy of 65mpg.
We were impressed with the style and interior quality of the i40, and found that it competes well with rivals on space – there’s masses of legroom and the boot is large, although it doesn’t fold completely flat.
Hyundai i40 rivals
Competition among large estates is incredibly fierce, due to the big revenues that can come from fleet orders. Rivals to the Hyundai i40 Tourer include the estate versions of the Ford Mondeo, VW Passat and Vauxhall Insignia, and the recent newcomer, the Skoda Superb, which has won many plaudits for its good value and huge practicality.
Why should you buy one?
Hyundai says it’s moving upmarket and the i40 Tourer certainly bears that out.
It’s also good value – prices aren’t incredibly low (it’s not far off Ford Mondeo money), but you get a lot for what you pay and running costs should be low if you opt for the 1.7-litre diesel engine.
Hyundai offers one of the best warranties in the business – the firm’s ‘triple care’ plan lasts for five years, and also includes roadside assistance and health checks, as well as being transferrable to new owners.
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