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Hyundai i40 Tourer Active CRDi (2012)
A QUICK MARKET check shows that most wagons in the medium segment are of European origin, with a couple of Japanese brands also in this space.
There’s a recent newcomer too, the Hyundai i40 Tourer. It’s Korean built, but engineering and sleek Euro styling are courtesy of their design studio in Russelsheim Germany. Currently sold here only in wagon guise, there are three specification levels, our test car being a base model Active with turbo-diesel power.
The 1.7-litre diesel lacks the top end power of the 2.0-litre petrol models, but offers superior maximum torque and it’s accessible in the low and mid rev range, making it the better choice for daily driving. Highway passing needs a little extra space though for it to build speed.
Compliant ride and competent handling and steering that have been re-tuned for Australian conditions and tastes should satisfy most buyers.
A long warranty and good fuel economy are also appealing.
Standard safety features include nine airbags on all variants. Out back there’s a good sized cargo bay with flat floor, though the floor-mounted child restraint points will in use intrude into load space. Criticism also for vision issues around the A pillars and rearward through the back glass. Parking sensors on Elite, and sensors and rear vision camera on Premium models, will assist in certain situations.
Standard safety, styling, wagon practicality, diesel auto available, long warranty, fuel economy
Child restraint point location, rear visibility, pricing
Air conditioning, 16” alloys, alarm, bluetooth, CD with USB/aux/iPod and MP3 compatible, heated external mirrors, cruise control
Dual front/side/curtain (DFSC) and driver knee airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) brake assist (BA), electronic brake distribution (EBD), electronic stability control (ESC), traction control (TC)
||i40 Tourer Active CRDi
||Medium Under $50,000
|Price when new
||$36,490 (auto) MLP
|Current price range
$ - $
|ANCAP crash rating
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||1.7-litre, common-rail direct-injection, turbo-diesel 4-cyl
||100 kW @ 4000 rpm
||320 Nm @ 2000-2500 rpm (auto)
||5.6 litres/100km (auto)
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