Our cars: Hyundai i40 Tourer - December
Week ending December 23
Driven this week 500 miles
Christmas is coming, the turkey’s getting fat – and the i40’s loins are being girded for a lot of holiday miles. Over the holidays I’ll be driving from Buckinghamshire to Norfolk and then Dorset, so it’s going to get a proper workout.
For most of those miles it’ll be packed to the rafters with luggage and children, so it’ll be interesting to see if the average economy drops from the frankly brilliant 46.5mpg I’m getting at the moment.
Week ending December 16
Miles driven this week 720
So far, I’ve been very impressed with the i40's cabin. The seats offer excellent support, and I like the driving position because you sit slightly higher up than you do in some of the i40’s rivals.
The good-quality dashboard materials add to the upmarket feel, while the switches feel solid. I also like the Y-shaped centre console design, where everything is within easy reach. The touchscreen sat-nav seems quicker than the one in the Hyundai ix35 I used to run, too.
The engine has started to loosen up now. It's not as strong as some rivals' engines, but it's very quiet and refined on the motorway, and cruises along in sixth gear with ease.
Week ending December 9
Miles driven this week 430
Our new i40 Tourer has just arrived and I love the way it looks.
A lot of people look at it and aren’t sure what brand it is – when we did a reader test team with the i40 earlier this year (What Car?, May 2011) with the Hyundai badges covered, many thought it was a German car.
The i40 Tourer’s main purpose is to haul around luggage and other bulky objects, and I think Hyundai has done a great job with using the space available. I think it’s on par with some German rivals in many ways and, with its excellent list of standard equipment, the i40 is a great alternative for buyers to consider.
It’ll be interesting to see how the car copes over the next couple of months’ cold winter conditions: my hunch is that it’ll do quite well. So far, so good.