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Hyundai i40 facelift Test Drive Review

Date: 29 May 2015   |   Author:

Category: Upper medium
Key rival: Ford Mondeo
P11D: £25,095
On sale: May 2015

As well as a new hexagonal grille, new front and rear lamps, front bumper and integrated LED fog lights, the latter on all bar the entry trim, Hyundai's revised i40 also features refashioned trim levels, including a fleet-specific SE Nav Business addition.

S, SE Nav and SE Nav Business replace Active and Style, with Premium still topping the range to make it four trim levels. While the entry model doesn't get any extra kit, the others now have DAB radio, heated front seats and LED fog lamps in addition to the existing satnav, climate control and privacy glass. Step up by £1500 from SE Nav to SE Nav Business - designed to add the kit that appeals to fleet drivers without making them dip into the options list - and you'll also get extras such as electric, ventilated leather driver's seat with memory function.

Powertrains remain the same, with a choice of 115hp or 141hp diesels, the latter also available with a new and impressive seven-speed double-clutch auto for an additional £1900. It takes CO2 down by 30g/km over the previous auto, and now all i40s are under 130g/km.

There's nothing wrong with the manual though, especially in the higher-power form, and the car drives tidily and comfortably with either transmission.

The Tourer makes up two-thirds of i40 sales, and costs £1250 more than the saloon. It has 553 litres of boot space - 53 more than Ford's Mondeo estate and 13 above Vauxhall's Insignia Sport Tourer, although the latter's 104g/km puts it two BIK bands lower.

That, combined with the Insignia's Tech Line trim and a price tag over £1800 cheaper than the Hyundai, means a 40% driver will pay £28 per month more for an i40.

Also, with a RV of 30.4%, it's at least 1.9 percentage points off the Insignia, Mondeo or Toyota Avensis Tourer, and the Insignia is a clear cost per mile winner. But that doesn't mean the i40 should be discounted, as it's a little different, and a solid, capable all-rounder.


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