Hyundai i40 Estate

The Essentials

  • Price from £18,650
  • What Car? says: 3 star rating
  • Fuel economy: up to 65.7mpg
  • What is it? A smart, well-equipped and attractively priced family estate, though it's compromised in too many areas to threaten the best in the class.


  • Cheaper than key rivals, with efficient diesel engines
  • Spacious cabin and boot
  • Smart interior and well equipped


  • Not as good to drive as many rivals
  • Intruding wheel arches make boot a strange shape
  • Some may find the driving position awkward
  • Drive

    Not up to Mondeo standards but perfectly respectable on the road and a reasonably quiet way to travel

  • Inside

    Dash looks stylish although some of the plastics feel rather hard. Driving position could be better

  • Safety

    Comprehensive on both fronts with seven airbags, stability control, active headrests, deadlocks and an alarm

  • Reliability

    That five-year warranty gives peace of mind and we're also reassured by the excellent quality feel of the interior

  • Space

    The boot is big but not as conveniently shaped as the best. Folding the rear seats doesn't leave a flat loadbay

  • Standard and extras

    Generous standard kit includes alloys, air-con and automatic lights and wipers. Plenty more goodies if you upgrade

  • What's it like to drive?

    We haven't yet driven the two petrols - a 133bhp 1.6-litre and a 174bhp 2.0 - but the two 1.7-litre diesels give decent performance. The 114bhp version can haul the car around with purpose, while the 134bhp has noticeably more oomph. However, both feel very flat if you let the revs drop below 1600rpm.
    The standard six-speed manual gearbox is a tad notchy, too, and the optional automatic gearbox could be smoother. Otherwise, though, refinement is pretty good; the engines never get too rowdy, and the i40 shuts out wind and road noise well.
    The car stays stable at motorway speeds and remains composed on bends, so it's a shame the steering doesn't inspire more confidence; it feels artificially heavy in turns and rather vague around the straight-ahead position. Meanwhile, the ride never quite settles, even on smooth roads.

  • What's it like inside?

    The i40's stylish dashboard looks a little confusing at first glance, but most of the controls are clearly labelled and easy to use, and the appealing, soft-touch plastics give a quality feel.
    Unfortunately, the driving position isn't so great: you sit quite high up and the front headrests put your neck at an awkward angle. Your passengers get plenty of head- and legroom, but the one sat in the rear centre seat has to straddle the transmission tunnel in the floor.
    At 553 litres, the boot is one of the biggest in the family estate class, though it's quite narrow between the wheel arches and the rear seats don't fold completely flat.
    Entry-level Active cars come with alloy wheels, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls and automatic lights and wipers. Style spec adds dual-zone climate-control, sat-nav, a rear parking camera and cruise control, while the Premium model includes leather upholstery and a panoramic sunroof.

  • How reliable is it?

    The cabin is made with appealing materials and feels built to last, and Hyundai performed well in our last Reliability Survey. Additional peace of mind comes with Hyundai's five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and five years' roadside assistance.
    Every i40 includes emergency brake assist and electronic stability control, and there are seven airbags including one for the driver's knees. Meanwhile, deadlocks and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm are among standard security features.

  • Should I buy one?

    The i40 Tourer is an attractive, well-specced estate that's reasonably priced, so it's well worth a look. It doesn't undercut big-name rivals to the extent that other Hyundais do, but it'll still cost you less to buy than a Ford Mondeo or Volkswagen Passat. Both diesel engines average over 60mpg, and have low CO2 emissions, especially when fitted with stop-start technology. Strangely, though, this is fitted only on the cheapest trim level.