What's the used Hyundai i40 estate like?
It may have been swamped by the sales successes of that on-trend newcomer the SUV, but the noble estate car still has a lot of life left in it. The Hyundai i40 Tourer is a fine example of the breed. It’s a handsome design that offers all the dynamic virtues of the South Korean firm’s i40 saloon and then adds a welcome dose of added practicality, and it competes ably against well-established cars like the Ford Mondeo Estate and the Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer.
Hyundai has established itself as a top player in the UK in recent years, with huge increases in its market share thanks to a range of much-improved engines and suspensions and some undeniably neat styling that gives its cars their own unique identity. There’s also the extra lure of its competitive pricing and a generous five-year warranty from new.
On the road, the lower powered version of the i40 Tourer has enough get-up-and-go around town and beyond for it to make the most sense for most people. It pulls pretty well from low revs and hauls the i40 Tourer up to motorway speeds without ever feeling out of its depth.
The more powerful model will be preferable if you regularly carry a full car of passengers and luggage; it’s faster in a sprint and pulls hard in any gear – this might come in useful over particularly hilly terrain. Bear in mind that almost all of the i40 Tourer’s rivals offer far more powerful diesel (and petrol) variants, though, and that in both of its states of tune this 1.7-litre engine can be a little gruff and unrefined, especially around town.
The i40 Tourer’s ride and handling are a little disappointing, too. Models with smaller alloy wheels are more comfortable, and at higher speeds it manages to remain decently controlled. At lower speeds, though, especially the versions with 18in wheels, the i40 Tourer can thump into ruts and potholes, getting quite out of shape. In addition, the steering is pretty uninspiring; it’s fairly precise but quite slow, weirdly weighted and devoid of feel. Pair that with a body that leans quite a long way in bends and the i40 Tourer feels dull to drive next to a Ford Mondeo or Skoda Superb Estate.