- Stylish looks
- Generous equipment
- Efficient engines
- Not as fun to drive as a Mondeo
- Badge snobbery
- No petrol offering
Practical, stylish saloon with a class-leading warranty
The Hyundai i40 is the most luxurious car in the Korean brand’s lineup. Hyundais weren’t previously known for prestigiousness, but the i40 definitely changes the tide. First introduced in 2012, the i40 is up against the ever-popular Ford Mondeo and Volkswagen Passat, in a hugely contested market. The i40 offers tremendous practicality, stylish aesthetics, efficient engines, and an impressive five year warranty. It might not have the badge prestige of some of its rivals, but it certainly offers excellent value for money.
Well built, stylish, and spacious
Interior quality used to be one of Hyundai’s main foibles, but the i40 offers one of the most impressive cabins in the class. It’s also spacious, and there’s plenty of equipment, even on entry-level models.
The dashboard design of the i40 is a classy affair that combines simplicity, with stylish aesthetics. Not only is it great to look at, it’s also built to an exceptionally high standard. The fit and finish is almost as good as you’d find in a Volkswagen Passat, with high-end soft-touch materials used throughout. Controls are also nicely laid out, well-damped, and easy to use.
There’s plenty of storage space on offer in the i40 as well. There’s plenty of nifty storage solutions in the cabin, and there’s plenty of boot space for family needs, with enough room for a full-sized buggy, and entire families worth of travel luggage, or even a full set of golf clubs. The 525 litre boot space is impressive for the class, whilst the tourer version gains an extra 28 litres for even greater practicality.
Equipment levels in the i40 are impressive no matter which model you choose to go for. The entry-level S trim comes with everything most buyers will need, with air-con, alloy wheels, automatic lights, and Bluetooth all featuring. There’s also an excellent touch-screen infotainment system with all models. SE Nav trim will be popular with company car drivers, as it adds sat-nav, parking sensors, and heated seats, luxuries that will come in handy for long motorway drives.
Overall the interior of the i40 is very impressive, especially for a Hyundai. The cabin is stylish, spacious, and practical, whilst there’s plenty of equipment on even the cheapest model, which makes the i40 excellent value for money.
Comfortable and refined
One area in which the i40 doesn’t particularly excel is in the driving experience that it offers. Compare it with a Ford Mondeo and you’ll realise it’s nowhere near as rewarding on tight, twisty country roads. It’s not an awful car to drive by any means, as there’s plenty of grip through the corners, and body roll is well controlled. The steering however doesn’t offer a great deal of feedback, so you won’t feel as confident throwing it into a corner at speed.
Suspension and Chassis
The i40 might not be the best driver’s car, but it’s certainly one of the most comfortable cars in its class. The soft chassis and suspension system are setup to iron out even the worst of British roads, and it’s comfortable both in the city, and even out on loose country lanes. Wind and road noise are also pretty quiet, which makes the i40 a great long-distance motorway cruiser.
Gearbox options in the i40 come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual transmission, that’s pretty slick, and features a short sharp shift mechanism. There’s also a DCT automatic gearbox available with some models, though it’s not quite as impressive as the manual.
Two impressive diesel offerings
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your i40, you’ve only got the one fuel source: diesel. That makes sense, as a petrol engine in a car the size of the i40 would be too inefficient, and the diesels are more than good enough for nearly all drivers needs.
Petrolheads don’t usually go for practical family saloons as their car of choice, so it’s easy to see why Hyundai doesn’t offer a true performance model in the i40 range. The most powerful engine on offer is the 139bhp 2.2 litre CRDi diesel, which accelerates from 0-62mph in 10.3 seconds. Obviously that’s not going to get adrenaline junkies licking their lips, but it’s plenty powerful for a family saloon.
Eco-friendly buyers will be reasonably pleased with the engines in the i40 range. Both diesels are pretty good for the environment, but the 113bhp 2.2 litre CRDi diesel is the best option to go for. Cars equipped with this engine produce 110g/km of CO2 emissions, which is pretty impressive for the class. This model is also the best option for money savers, as it can achieve up to 67.3mpg. Even the higher-powered diesel returns over 60mpg though.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your i40, you’re going to get an efficient, green engine that’s cheap to run day-to-day. They aren’t the most powerful on offer in the class, but there’s more than enough power on offer for most drivers.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, impressive standard safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the Hyundai i40 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 92% in adult safety, 86% in child safety, and 43% in pedestrian safety, the i40 is one of the safest cars in its class. You’ll also get tons of modern safety equipment as standard. Even entry-level models come with nine airbags, electronic stability control, and hill-start assist. The i40 really is a safe car for both you and your passengers.
Excellent value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Hyundai i40 represents superb value for money for buyers. No matter which model you choose to go for you’re going to get impressive fuel efficiency (with no model achieving less than 60mpg), and tax bands are decent as well, thanks to comparatively low CO2 emissions. Hyundai’s class-leading 5-year warranty is also a bonus, as you won’t need to spend money getting your car fixed if there are any issues.
Insurance groups in the i40 depend on which model you choose to go for. The range starts in group 12 for the entry-level 1.7 CRDi (115) Blue Drive Active, and climbs up towards group 20 if you go for the top of the range 1.7 CRDi Blue Drive Premium. Whichever model you choose to go for, you won’t be paying any more than you would for an equivalent rival.
Depreciation is a large factor with the i40, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
Hyundai is a brand that has turned around its reputation over recent years, and this is mainly down to cars like the i40. It might not have the brand prestige of a Volkswagen Passat, but the i40 is stylish, practical, comfortable, and cheap to run. Take into account the fact that the i40 is also cheaper to buy than rivals, and comes with a class-leading warranty, and it’ll soon become apparent that the i40 makes an awful lot of sense.
Buying a used Hyundai i40 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Hyundai i40 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used i40. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Hyundai i40 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Hyundai? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Hyundai i40, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used i40, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Hyundai to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.