The Hyundai i40 Tourer is cheaper than key rivals and it’s available with some very efficient diesel engines. The cabin is classy, and every version comes well equipped.
Many rivals are better to drive, and while the boot is large, it’s not particularly well shaped. The driving position is compromised, too.
On the road
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Four engines are available: 133bhp 1.6- and 174bhp 2.0-litre petrols, and 114bhp and 134bhp 1.7-litre diesels. The lower-powered diesel is up to the job of hauling the car around, but feels decidedly flat if you let the revs drop below 1600rpm. The same is true of the more powerful unit, but it has more oomph when it’s on song. Every engine comes with a six-speed manual gearbox, while a six-speed automatic is an option on the 134bhp diesel.
Ride & Handling
The i40 is stable at motorway speeds, and it remains pretty composed in bends. However, the steering undermines the driver’s confidence because it feels artificially weighty in turns and vague around the straight-ahead position. The ride feels a bit too lively, too, and never seems to settle even on smooth roads.
While you’re never going to mistake it for a petrol engine, the diesel engines stay smooth and refined unless you rev them hard. The i40 Tourer also shuts out wind and road noise pretty well, too making it a capable cruiser. However, the standard six-speed manual gearbox is notchy, and the optional auto’ box could be smoother.