The Hyundai i40 has been overhauled for 2015 and is on sale now with refreshed styling, upgraded engines, a new transmission, ride and handling tweaks, plus new safety features and technology.
What is it?
The refreshed Hyundai i40 gets new front and rear lights, a revised hexagonal front grille and a redesigned front bumper with integrated LED foglights. New designs of 16in and 18in alloy wheels are also available. Inside, Hyundai has focused on comfort, cabin versatility and practicality. Higher-grade materials have been used on important touch points such as the steering wheel, armrests and gear knob.
The i40 Tourer gets a new Rear Electronic Damping Control System (ECS), allowing the driver to adapt the suspension, steering, throttle response and transmission settings through the drive modes.
What equipment does it come with?
Four trim levels - S, SE Nav, SE Nav Business and Premium - are available on both models. Standard kit includes 16in wheels, Bluetooth, air-con, a leather steering wheel, automatic headlights and steering wheel-mounted controls.
SE Nav brings DAB radio, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, climate control, heated front seats, LED front foglights and an upgraded sound system. SE Nav Business adds keyless entry and start, as well as a driver’s seat memory function. Range-topping Premium trim comes with 18in alloys, a panoramic sunroof, an LCD colour display and lane departure warning.
New kit includes optional bi-xenon headlights, smart high-beam assist, and speed limit sign identification, the latter being a first on a Hyundai.
Hyundai has also upgraded the i40’s navigation system on derivatives that are fitted with sat-nav. The 7.0in TFT colour touchscreen boasts improved functionality, new graphics and a 3D display mode while DAB radio is also included on the car for the first time. The audio system has also been upgraded.
There is also a smart power tailgate on some versions. This allows the boot door to open automatically when the driver approaches it with the key in their pocket.
What engines does it come with?
The new i40 is available with a 1.7-litre diesel engine in two outputs. The more powerful variant, which is also the most popular, now has more power and torque, with 139bhp and 251lb ft from 1750rpm.
The lower powered version gets from 0-62mph in 12.4 seconds in the Saloon and 12.6 seconds in the Tourer, while the higher powered unit takes 10.3 and 10.5 seconds respectively.
There is an automatic gearbox, only available on the higher powered diesel while both engines come with a six-speed manual.
How much will it cost?
The Saloon is priced from £19,600 to £27,500 while the Tourer costs £20,850 to £28,850.
Can I get a discount?
If the facelifted i40 follows the pattern set by the current car, then it is likely you will be able to get a discount of between £600 and £1800 depending on which model you go for. The relatively low level of tweaks on the new version means this may well continue.