What's the used Hyundai i40 saloon like?
Premium-badged alternatives from Audi, BMW and Mercedes-Benz have been tempting buyers away from more traditional executive-sized cars from Ford and Vauxhall for a while now. It’s a shame because both the Mondeo and Insignia come with lots of equipment, have good fuel economy and are comfortable on the motorway. However, there are still some candid options out there, with the Hyundai i40 being a particularly good-value choice.
There’s a choice of one petrol engine and a 1.7-litre diesel in various power outputs. The petrol option didn’t last long because the diesel took the majority of sales, but then the i40 is a heavy car and the higher torque figures of the diesel versions are most welcome. It isn’t the most refined engine in the class and can be quite grumbly when cold, but it does quieten down on the motorway.
Smaller alloy wheel options are preferable because the 18in wheels on top-spec cars can thump into potholes and generate plenty of road noise at speed. The steering doesn’t inspire a lot of confidence with inconsistent weighting and limited feedback. Body roll in bends is noticeably worse than it is in a Mondeo.
There’s enough space for rear occupants but they will have to contend with a raised floor and protruding seatback that can be quite uncomfortable. Taller passengers could also find their heads brushing the ceiling as a result of the sloping roofline. However, adults will not want for space in the front and there’s plenty of oddments storage.
The interior is solidly constructed but can feel a little cheap next to rivals, and there are a few too many buttons strewn across it. You do get plenty of equipment at least, with SE Nav cars coming with a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system with sat-nav and a DAB radio, an electric driver’s seat, auto wipers, cruise control, heated front seats, front and rear parking sensors and 17in alloy wheels.