Our cars: Hyundai i40 Tourer - June

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Hyundai i40 Tourer
Hyundai i40 Tourer
Hyundai i40 Tourer 1.7 CRDi Blue Drive Style

Week ending June 22
Mileage: 15,120
Driven this week: 319 miles

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The i40 has been everywhere recently from Paris to Cambridge - its life seems to get busier and busier each week.

One underlying trend is that people always come back quietly impressed with how it goes about its work. Its comfort and interior cabin space are usually top of the list, with fuel economy and not far behind.

The sad news is that it will be leaving us on July 6th, which is a shame because I have really enjoyed my time with the i40 and wish I could have it longer.


Week ending June 8
Mileage: 14,520
Driven this week: 742 miles

Our long-term Hyundai i40 was just the ticket to transport four What Car? staffers and enough camera kit to film the remake of Ben Hur, down to Paris this week for a reader preview of the new all-electric Renault Zoe supermini.

Estates have (a mostly unfair) reputation for being 'a bit dull' but this is an accusation that definitely can't be levelled at the i40. Its handling is as focused as its torpedo-like shape and the steering is much lighter than you'd expect for such a big car.

More important, on this particular road-trip, was its impressive fuel economy – chewing up 550 miles on less than one tank of diesel.

The i40 kept made sure we were all comfortable too, with enough legroom in the back to keep the inevitable 'are we nearly there yet' entreaties from the taller members of our team to a minimum.

Finally, there's so much kit on this car that we were inspired to drag out a weary last-leg game of i-spy all the way back on the late Eurochunnel train from Calais to Folkestone.


Week ending June 1
Mileage: 13,778
Driven this week: 268 miles

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Having just moved house, I've sadly been forced to acknowledge that size is important; and that's why I borrowed our i40 to shift the remains of a wardrobe that the previous owners had left behind.

I'd managed to fit the shelves and assorted fixtures into a regular hatchback and dispose of them, but the two-metre-high doors demanded something rather bigger – and the i40 obliged. With the rear seats dropped and the unwanted doors slid in at an angle, they fitted perfectly. I was suitably impressed, especially as it now means my hallway looks much less like a furniture showroom.

Mind you, the i40's talents don't end there. The day after I went to the tip, I had a trip to Gatwick for a flight to Italy to test the new Volvo V40. It demanded an early-morning blast down the M23, and the i40 was a perfect companion: smooth-riding, comfortable inside and with a good stereo that I can plug my iPhone into. Every journey sounds better with Cardiacs providing the soundtrack.


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