Given that Hyundai doesn’t offer large engines in the i40 Tourer, it’s perhaps not surprising that the car looks quite cheap on paper. But it is genuinely well priced; keep it sensible on our favourite SE Nav trim and it’s slightly cheaper than the equivalent Ford Mondeo Estate or Skoda Superb Estate. That said, its residual values are worse than the Superb Estate’s, so despite the i40 Tourer’s lower list prices, you can expect their finance payments to be closer in reality.
Some will be considering an i40 Tourer as a company car but, unfortunately, neither of the diesel engine options is particularly clean by the latest standards. The i40’s low P11D price may help it claw back some ground but, as with finance payments, it’s likely that many will be tempted to pay the small extra for the more rounded Superb Estate.
Standard equipment is very good, though. S trim is the cheapest way into an i40 Tourer and comes with 16in alloy wheels, air-con, auto headlights, electric windows front and rear, Bluetooth and a USB connection. We’d spend the small extra on the better-equipped SE Nav, which adds 17in alloy wheels, an electric driver’s seat, auto wipers, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors and a touchscreen navigation system with a DAB radio. SE Nav Business and Premium trims sit above that and offer some choice luxuries, but are too expensive to recommend.
Every i40 Tourer comes with seven airbags (Premium cars get rear side airbags too) and tyre pressure monitoring, while Premium models add lane departure warning and lane-keep assist. It’s disappointing that no model comes with automatic emergency braking – not even as an option. As such, although the i40 saloon (on which this car is based) scored five stars in 2011, its scores can’t be compared with the results from newer rivals. At least security firm Thatcham Research has said it is excellent at resisting being driven away and good at resisting a break-in.
And Hyundai’s standard five-year warranty is among the best anywhere – and certainly one of the best in the estate class. Hyundai placed an impressive seventh out of 32 manufacturers in our latest reliability survey. While we don’t have specific data for the i40 Tourer model, the i40 saloon on which it’s based placed a very poor last position from 14 executive cars included in our study.
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