Mer­its of mid-size

Hyundai ini­tia­tives aim for happy medium buy­ers

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and net, is $500 cheaper. The Pre­mium models also get a pow­ered tail­gate.

Hyundai spokesman Bill Thomas says the i40’s pro­file in the Aus­tralian medium-car seg­ment is a lit­tle low but this will change in 2013.

‘‘ We think it is a lit­tle bit be­low peo­ple’s radar and we need to shout about it a bit more,’’ he says.

‘‘ Look at the Cruze— it’s big­ger than the orig­i­nal Com­modore and that’s a class down on the i40. Th­ese ve­hi­cles are cer­tainly get­ting big­ger. We think the i40 is welle­quipped and well-priced and we want to have a crack at that seg­ment,’’ he says.

To the end of Oc­to­ber, just over 71,000 medium cars have been sold, ac­count­ing for 8 per cent of the to­tal mar­ket. That share is sig­nif­i­cantly ahead of last year at the same point.

Much of that im­prove­ment has come from in­creased Camry sales, rep­re­sent­ing more than a third of the seg­ment and up by 23 per cent year to date. How­ever, the i40, Kia Op­tima, Volk­swa­gen’s Jetta, Honda Ac­cord Euro and runout Mazda6 have all contributed to the seg­ment growth.

Seg­ment stal­warts such as the Subaru Lib­erty, Ac­cord Euro andVWPas­sat have also shown re­cent im­prove­ment.

Among the other changes to the Hyundai i40 line-up is an up­grade to the Elite and Pre­mium models’ leather trim and sat­nav, which now uses Navteq maps and SUNA live traf­fic up­dates. Im­ages from the rear cam­era show in the dash-mounted dis­play (not the cen­tre rear vi­sion mir­ror).

The sedan and Tourer come in Ac­tive, Elite and Pre­mium vari­ants, with five-star AN­CAP safety rat­ings. Safety kit in­cludes nine airbags, ABS and sta­bil­ity and trac­tion con­trol.

The two en­gine op­tions and out­puts are un­changed. The 1.7-litre turbo diesel pro­duces 100kW/330Nm (320Nm with the auto) and the 2.0-litre petrol en­gine makes 131kW/ 214Nm (130kW/213Nm in the wagon). Trans­mis­sions are a six-speed au­to­matic (with wheel-mounted pad­dle shifters) or six-speed man­ual.

Hyundai’s iCare package has a five-year un­lim­ited kilo­me­tre war­ranty, capped price sched­uled ser­vic­ing for three years and Navteq up­dates for three years.

Ex­tra oomph: Hyundai is

adding a raft of gear to its i40

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