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.
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.
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.
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.
With nine airbags, stability control and a reinforced passenger cell, the i40 racks up a five-star crash rating.
Looks good, goes well, uses minimal fuel, luxuriously equipped. What more could you need?