2015 Hyundai i40 | new car review
* Modern interior
* Generous leg and head room for both, front and rear seat passengers.
* Limited engine choice.
Undeniably elegant and strikingly sleek, the 2015 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.
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.
The fully loaded i40 comes with all the goodies such as a large multimedia 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 (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 164 horsepower and 200 NM of torque. Prices for the fully loaded variant and no frills version are AED 87,000 and AED 72,900 respectively.
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.
|Specifications||2015 Hyundai i40|
|Engine/ Cylinders||2.0 litre / 4-cyl|
|Max Power |
|164 hp @ 6,500 RPM|
|200 Nm @ 4,800 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||11.0 secs|
|Top speed||198 km/h|
|Price||AED 72,900 - 87,900|