HYUNDAI

HYUNDAI I40 DIESEL SALOON 1.6 CRDi [136] Premium 4dr DCT

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11.5s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2136 g/km

LIFE CHANGING FORTY?

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

If there was one truism with Hyundais of the past, it was that the bigger the car became, the less competitive it would be. The brand's i40 was a medium range Mondeo-sized challenger that back in 2011 aimed to comprehensively knock that kind of thinking into touch. Offering accessible pricing and plenty of space and equipment wasn't anything new for the Korean company back then, but the quality of finish and the maturity of the styling on offer here certainly was. Let's check out the i40 as a used buy.

Models

4dr saloon and Tourer estate (1.6, 2.0 petrol GDI / 1.6,1.7 CRDi diesel)

History

We don't tend to think of large Hyundais as being especially desirable - but with the i40, the South Korean maker was determined that we should. Their smaller models had always made more sense on paper than those of most rivals, but the larger and pricier a car becomes, the bigger is the role played by badge equity. Which, with this maker, had been slowly building prior to this car's 2011 launch as buyers realised this to be a brand beyond the bargain basement, a marque capable of producing tempting Mondeo-class medium range models like the i40. It certainly represented a big step up over its unremarkable Sonata predecessor. But that step needed to be seismic for Hyundai to get on terms with the Vauxhall Insignias, Volkswagen Passats, Peugeot 508s and Renault Lagunas that at the beginning of the 21st century's second decade were battling Ford's Mondeo in the medium range market. In a segment then splintering sales to People Carriers, Crossovers and MPVs, it was no longer enough simply to offer a 'good product'. Executive quality had become the norm, an attribute previously unfamiliar to Hyundai motorists. To be able to deliver this, as well as class-leading practicality and low running costs alongside more typical Hyundai virtues of strong value and high specification, was asking for quite a car. Still, the i40 had a decent stab at delivering on this brief. A 1.6 CRDi diesel engine replaced the original 1.7-litre unit in 2018. And the i40 range sold steadily until it was eventually deleted from the range in 2019 without being replaced.

What You Get

'Fluidic sculpture' sounds as if it should create an elegant result. Here, it did. Heavily influenced by Hyundai's Frankfurt R&D centre, this was a design you'd never have seen from a Korean brand until 2011. The hexagonal front grille is shaped like a diamond, the headlights surrounding it modelled on those of a bird of prey and containing hook-shaped strips of LEDs that glow white in daylight. It's neatly styled at the rear too, with a smart chrome strip between the lights and an integral spoiler above the rear window of the 'Tourer' estate version. It's this estate that most UK customers tended to want rather than the alternative saloon variant, especially as Hyundai never bothered to offer a five-door hatch. Equal efforts were expended upon the stylised interior with its neat graphics, faux aluminium detailing, classy high-definition display screen and nice design touches. There's plenty of soft-touch plastic too, though that doesn't extend to things like the door-pulls and the door skins. Only the shiny column stalks remain as a reminder of the cheap-feeling Hyundai interiors of old. Finding an ideal driving position is easy, our only comment being that it's easy to bash your knuckles with downward gear changes when the central cup holders are in use. At the rear, there's comfortable space for two even with two six-footers up-front and room at a squash for three - pretty par for the course in this class: only a Mondeo or a Skoda Superb from the period offers more. Headroom's good, even if you're in one of the plushest models that have a huge panoramic glass sunroof fitted. It is though a pity that the thickness of the seat bases makes it difficult for rear seat passengers to slide their feet underneath. Any estate car stands or falls by the amount of gear it can carry and the i40 Tourer passes that test without breaking sweat. With the rear seats in place, there's a cavernous 553-litres available - more than you'd get in a comparable Ford Mondeo or Vauxhall Insignia - only estate versions of the Volkswagen Passat and Skoda Superb offer more. Drop the seats by simply pulling on the provided handle and pushing them forward and this will free 1719-litres to the car's head lining, though they don't fold completely flat and the space available is a little narrow between the wheel arches.

What You Pay

The Tourer estate body style is worth around £450 more than the conventional i40 saloon. We'll base value predictions on the saloon. Prices start at around £3,700 for a 1.6 GDi petrol '11-plate variant with base 'Active BlueDrive' trim, with values rising to around £4,500 for a later '13-plate car. Add around £1,200 for mid-range 'Style' trim. The 1.7 CRDi diesel prices from around £4,300 on an '11-plate with 'Active BlueDrive' trim, with values rising to around £7,300 for a later '16-plate car. Allow £1,700 more for the 2.0-litre CRDi diesel model.

What to Look For

We came across lots of satisfied i40 Fastback customers in our owners survey but inevitably, there were a few who had issues. One owner complained of clutch grinding when changing gears, a sticking boot and Bluetooth-linking problems. Another mentioned dash creaks and rattles. Check for signs of interior child damage and insist on a fully stamped-up service history. Other than that, it's a clean bill of health. Hyundai's brilliant five-year warranty arrangement means that these vehicles very rarely fall into premature neglect.

Replacement Parts

(approx prices, based on a 2012 i40 1.6 CRDi) Hyundai spares prices have gained an enviable reputation for good value, and replacement parts for the i40 are no exception. Front brake pads are between £25-£60 - think in the £11-£56 bracket for rears. Front brake discs start in the £46 to £106 bracket - think in the £36-£78 bracket for rears. A radiator is in the £127-£174 bracket. Air filters sit in the £10-£21 bracket. Oil filters cost between £5 and £14 depending on brand. A rear lamp would set you back about £166, while a fuel filter would cost in the £8 to £40 bracket. A water pump is in the £50-£59 bracket. And a thermostat is around £8-£28.

On the Road

You have to have a very impressive calibre of chassis engineers indeed to be able to make a product simultaneously able to please motorway mile-munchers and driving enthusiasts. In the medium range sector, a Ford's Mondeo from this period nearly manages it and Peugeot's 508 isn't far off but every other product from this time tended to prioritise either one approach or the other. In development, Hyundai was undecided, even producing two prototypes, one stiff, one soft, and asking journalists which would be better - never a good idea. In the event, they came to their senses and realised that cars like this are primarily used as business tools and family transport, with the occasional backroad blitz. The first two things will be comfortably accommodated by this i40 and, assuming you're not trying to follow a Mondeo or a 508, you'll be as well set up on the twisty way home as you would be in any of the more dynamically able cars from this period in this sector, though some might find the rather artificial heaviness in this car's steering a little disconcerting at first. Most buyers will be looking at one of the 1.7-litre CRDi diesel models offering either 115 or 136PS. In some respects, the smaller of the two units feels slightly quicker, its maximum pulling power arriving earlier in the rev range. That's because the pokier diesel has longer gearing, a benefit you appreciate at motorway speeds where it's a little quieter. Sixty from rest occupies 12.9s in the 115PS model on the way to 118mph, figures that improve to 10.6s and 124mph thanks to the 325Nm of torque you get in the 136PS variant. A 1.6-litre CRDi engine replaced this 1.7-litre diesel unit in 2018. Want petrol power? An entry-level 135PS 1.6-litre GDI petrol model slots in between the two 1.7-litre diesel variants, recording the sixty sprint in 11.6s on the way to 121mph. We can't really see the point of going beyond this version to the rare 2.0 GDI petrol flagship model. Its 177PS output promises much but ultimately, it feels little faster than its stablemates, for the record on paper delivering sixty in 9.7s en route to 132mph. Transmission choice includes a 6-speed automatic with steering wheel-mounted paddles, but it's not an especially responsive unit and this standard 6-speed manual will for most be the more satisfying choice. Perhaps one of the things that impressed us most about this car is its refinement, an area Hyundai thought long and hard about. They threw everything at this issue: air-permeable carpet, sound-absorbing layers around the engine - even textile wheel arch liners. It's all enough to make this a very quiet car indeed.

Overall

It's took a very long time for the South Korean motor industry to bring us a class-competitive conventional large family car but they managed it with this i40 model. This car ruthlessly ticked all the boxes required for success in the medium range Mondeo marketplace in the early part of the 21st century's second decade. It's smart, spacious, frugal, well equipped and well built. It was, in short, a very competitive car indeed. Other rivals are sharper to drive. And a few have smarter badges. But if you're basing your choice of a used car in this sector from this period on sheer common sense, this i40 is a model you can't ignore.

  • Heated rear windscreen
  • Solar glass with windscreen shade band
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Front and rear electric windows with anti-trap mechanism and one touch control
  • Rear windows and tailgate privacy glass
  • Automatic defog system for front windscreen
  • Adjustable intermittent front windscreen wipers with aero wiper blade

  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electric parking brake with auto hold function
  • Vehicle stability management
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Brake assist function
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Electronic brake force distribution
  • Traction control

  • Apple CarPlay preparation
  • Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity

  • Parking system with rear camera and guidance system
  • Speed limit information
  • Drive mode selector
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Lane departure warning system with lane keep assist - LKAS
  • Electric power steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • One touch indicators

  • 7" touchscreen satellite navigation including traffic messaging channel, map care and live services
  • Trip computer
  • Driver's supervision instrument cluster with 4.2" LCD display

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Door mirror LED indicator lights
  • Power folding door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators
  • Electric adjustment and heated door mirrors

  • Brushed chrome effect dash trim

  • 6 speakers (2 front, 2 tweeters, 2 rear)
  • USB and aux connection in front
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • DAB Digital radio

  • Body colour bumpers
  • Electric tilt/slide panoramic sunroof
  • Body colour door handles with chrome inserts
  • Chrome effect radiator grille
  • Chrome finish window surround

  • Automatic headlights with welcome function
  • LED rear combination lights
  • Halogen headlights
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED front fog lights
  • Automatic headlight with follow me home function

  • Dual zone climate control

  • Rear centre console with air vents
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Stainless steel door sills
  • Electric rear blind
  • Illuminated glovebox with lock
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Leather upholstery
  • Luggage net
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Alloy pedals
  • Rear centre armrest with cupholders
  • Eco driver indicator gear shift
  • 12V power outlets in front and rear consoles
  • Bottle holders in front/rear doors + front centre console
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob

  • Door courtesy lights
  • Cabin and luggage compartment interior lighting

  • Airbags - front, front/rear seat side, curtain and driver's knee airbags
  • Front seatbelt reminder
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners + load limiters
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts

  • Heated outer rear seats
  • Driver/passenger front seatback pockets
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver's seat memory
  • Driver's seat electric height adjustment
  • 3 rear head restraints
  • Active head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Driver's seat electric lumbar support
  • Front passenger's seat electric lumbar support
  • Front passenger's seat electric adjustments
  • Front passenger's seat electric height adjustment
  • Front head restraints with vertical and horizontal adjustment
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Ventilated driver's and front passenger's seat

  • Speed sensitive automatic door locking
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Smart key with keyless entry and engine start/stop button
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Deadlocks
  • Remote control central locking

  • Driver and passenger sunvisors with illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 18" alloy wheels

  • Steel space emergency spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 118
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 136

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Compression Ratio: 15.9:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 77
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 85.8
  • CC: 1598

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 55.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 67.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 46.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 55.4
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 59.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 53.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.3

  • Generation Mark: 1
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 19A
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Premium
  • Coin Description: CRDi [136]
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 12
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 236
  • Engine Torque - NM: 320
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 2000
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.5
  • Top Speed: 122
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 32.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R18
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2093
  • Height: 1470
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4745
  • Width: 1815
  • Wheelbase: 2770

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1534
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 2100
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 70
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 525
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 700
  • Max. Loading Weight: 566
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.9

  • Metallic paint: £585
  • Pearlescent paint: £585
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Metallic - Magnetic force: £585
  • Metallic - Typhoon silver: £585

  • Pearl - White cream: £585
  • Pearl - Phantom black: £585
  • Pearl - Stormy sea: £585

  • Solid - Horizon red: £0

  • Leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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