2014 Hyundai i40 | new car review

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 by
2014 Hyundai i40
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  • Rated 4 stars
  • Excellent
AEDAED 77,000 - AED 97,000
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  • Rated 4 stars
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  • Interior
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  • Quality
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  • Features
    Editor: 80%
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  • Performance
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  • Value for money
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Review Summary:

Station wagons have come a long way from the “soccer mom” cars they used to be. They’ve dominated European markets as a more efficient alternative to SUVs and their desirability is spreading across continents. It seems understands the growing demand and hopped on the bandwagon to bring the practical and attractive all new i40.

Pros

Modern interior, generous leg and head room

Cons

Feels slightly overpriced

Looks

Undeniably elegant and strikingly sleek, the 2014 Hyundai i40 confidently matches and even surpasses some of its pricier European rivals in terms of design. This capsule shaped wagon beautifully captures the essence of Hyundai’s new fluidic design language seen across its fleet.  From subtle chrome contours seen on the door handles to the gashes in the front bumper that resemble shark gills, the i40 certainly puts any recurring reminders that station wagons are boring mom-mobiles to rest. The car comes to life with LED lights that slither around the giant Xenon bulb.

2014 Hyundai i40 Exterior collage

Feels

The fluidic styling persists on the inside too, with a sheet of metal that embraces the entire cabin and carved, metallic-like, plastic door handles. They do however add modern touches such as an electric parking brake and a large Sat Nav touchscreen. And the overall ergonomics from the armrest, to the steering wheel feel more upscale than the regular mid-sized sedans Hyundai sells.

The boot space is 553-litres, increasing to 1,719-litres with the rear seats folded down. The edge of the boot is metal plated to make loading heavy items easier and prevents damaging. The vehicle can seat a family of 5 comfortably with an emphasis on generosity for leg and headroom for the long road trips and a wide panoramic view for the daydreamers.

Hyundai i40 Interior

Engineering

The fully loaded i40 comes with all the goodies such as a large multimedia/GPS Touch Screen, Bluetooth, parking sensors, USB & AUX, 18” inch alloy rims, Panoramic Roof, Leather, Keyless Entry, Push Start-Stop button, sensors, and backup camera. However, the significantly cheaper base spec packs in 16” rims, Bluetooth and a USB / AUX jack as well.

What’s on offer?

The only available engine (V4, 2.0L GDI) for the UAE features a dual continuous variable valve timing which alters the timing of a valve lift event to improve performance, fuel economy, and emissions. The engine puts out 177HP and 213 NM of torque. Prices for the fully loaded variant and no frills version are AED 97,000 and AED 77,000 respectively.

Summing it…

Its alluring looks and competitive pricing give it an edge over the competition. Although the car lags behind its German rivals such as the VW Passat in terms of interior build quality and lacks an all wheel drive system, the car has a lot to offer. And for everything Hyundai brings to the table with the i40, they certainly give the Europeans a run for their money.

One Response to 2014 Hyundai i40 | new car review

  1. ANN Reply

    December 11, 2013 at 11:44 am

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    • Rated 4 stars

    i40 is going to hit Indian roads also…

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