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WE have clocked up more than 5000km and used very lit­tle fuel since get­ting the Hyundai i40 wagon more than two months ago.

The trip com­puter is telling us it’s av­er­ag­ing 6.4-litres/100km. This is par­tic­u­larly good con­sid­er­ing most of the driv­ing has been in­tra-city com­mut­ing with some long-dis­tance work thrown in.

Truth be known, the i40 Tourer makes a bet­ter long-dis­tance ve­hi­cle than it does a com­muter car for a num­ber of rea­sons, such as en­gine per­for­mance and fuel econ­omy as well as pas­sen­ger com­fort and load space.

It’s the sort of car you can con­fi­dently load up with kids and lug­gage and shoot through for the week­end, es­pe­cially with Easter hol­i­days com­ing up.

Mind you, it’s pretty good around town too.

EN­GINE

The 1.7-litre en­gine has plenty of kick off the line and re­ally strong mid-range, mak­ing it feel more like a 2.0 litre. With 100kw/320nm on tap, the last point is hardly sur­pris­ing.

It’s a new-gen­er­a­tion en­gine from Hyundai that will fil­ter through other mod­els in the near fu­ture.

Hope­fully it makes it into the i40 sedan due soon.

TRANS­MIS­SION

An­other stand-out point with the pow­er­train is the six-speed au­to­matic with pad­dle shift. Hyundai is fit­ting this trans­mis­sion to many of its new mod­els, un­der­stand­ably be­cause it’s a rip­per – com­pact, light­weight and ef­fi­cient. There’s not the slight­est hic­cup from the trans­mis­sion as is the case with some gear­boxes out of Europe.

FEA­TURES

On top of this is the gen­er­ous ee­quip­ment fit­ted in the Pre­mium mmodel we are driv­ing. It scores the full leather treat­ment, full con­nec­connec­tiv­ity, dual-zone cli­mate con­trol air­condair­con­di­tion­ing, re­verse cam­era in­te­grated into the rearview mir­ror (which should be manda­tory in all cars), front and rear park sen­sors, see around corner lights and a com­pre­hen­sive trip com­puter to name a few good­ies.

The load space is big and our car has the clever lug­gage se­cur­ing sys­tem with slid­ing re­straints and rails. It works a treat.

Fold down the rear seats (eas­ily) and you can sleep in there.

SAFETY

With nine airbags, sta­bil­ity con­trol and a re­in­forced pas­sen­ger cell, the i40 racks up a five-star crash rat­ing.

VER­DICT

Looks good, goes well, uses min­i­mal fuel, lux­u­ri­ously equipped. What more could you need?

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