Hyundai 140 Saloon New Car Review – Nick Fletcher
Often turning heads in the mid-range saloon category is the Hyundai i40, which is a handsome, well equipped contender which can easily take on big-selling rivals such as the Ford Mondeo.
With its sharply-stylised looks, generous standard kit and outstanding five-year unlimited mileage warranty, the i40 will make a lot of sense to buyers who want something a little different for their money.
The i40 saloon – there is also a Sport Tourer model – starts at £19,545 and comes with a choice of two diesel engines offering 114 and 139 hp and mated to a standard six-speed manual gearbox, though there is also an automatic option with the higher output engine.
All versions get LED daytime running lights and tail lights, alloy wheels, chrome-effect detailing, air-conditioning, four power windows, Bluetooth, hill-start assist and even tyre-pressure monitoring.
The roomy cabin is classily styled with high quality materials and you get an immediate feeling that everything is well fitted and finished. Switchgear is well-laid out for easy use and the touchscreen infotainment system is quite intuitive to use.
There is good head and legroom in the back and the rear seat is wide enough to take a third adult, The large boot offers a substantial 525 litres of capacity and though a saloon, the rear seats still drop forward for extra load versatility.
My test model was the mid-range SE Nav version with the higher output 139 hp engine and manual gearbox and costing £22,345. Extra kit includes parking camera and front and rear parking sensors, cruise control, climate control, auto lights and wipers, and a DAB radio.
Underway it quickly impresses with its smooth progress and composed ride, ironing out the bumps with ease. Power delivery is good, getting the car to 60mph in 10.3 seconds, and on to a top speed of 126 mph. Combined fuel economy is excellent at 65.7 mpg combined. Continue reading