Insurance Group: 12
0-62 Mph: 12.9 secs
BHP: 114 BHP
Range: 1,012 miles
PROS: Safe, spacious, economical, good looking
CONS: Slow, dull to drive
The 1.7-litre diesel engine in the i40 Estate produces 114bhp and 192lb-ft of torque. This means 0-62mph takes a leisurely 12.9 seconds and you'll be out of puff at 118mph. These performance credentials aren't terrible but the i40 Estate is no fun to drive whatsoever.
On top of this, the steering is a bit numb and indirect but on the plus side, the ride is very good indeed and does a splendid job of ironing out bumps and creases on the road surface.
The i40 Estate is a very good looking car - Hyundai really do produce some very attractive vehicles these days. The cabin is also very well made and the plastics feel of a very high quality indeed.
You get a basic amount of standard kit including alloys, CD player, air-con, MP3 connectivity and electric windows. Metallic paint can also be specified for a further £445.
Hyundai have an excellent reputation for producing reliable cars and the i40 Estate is supplied with a five year unlimited mileage warranty.
The i40 Estate should also be very safe and achieved the full five stars in the Euro NCAP crash tests.
The i40 Estate is cavernous. There is plenty of space in the cabin with good head and legroom even for taller passengers. The boot is huge too, with 553-litres of space on offer with the rear seats up and 1719-litres on offer with the rear seats down.
The i40 Estate 1.7 CRDi can be bought for £19,395, and the incredible fuel efficiency of this car makes it worthy of consideration. You should achieve a very impressive 65.7mpg and low CO2 emissions ensure that the the i40 falls under VED band C, making tax very affordable. Group 12 insurance is also very cheap indeed and means that it will not be expensive getting cover.
The i40 is not a bad car by any means but it is comprehensively outclassed in this market sector. For cheap, reliable family transport it's perfectly adequate but there are better cars out there.
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