Four engines are available for this car: 133bhp 1.6- and 174bhp 2.0-litre petrols, and 114bhp and 134bhp 1.7-litre diesels. The lower-powered diesel works well and gives a decent performance but it can go flat at revs below 1600rpm. The same applies to the more powerful diesel but it gives an impressive ride. Every engine has a six-speed manual gearbox, with the option of six-speed automatic on the 134bhp diesel.
The i40 is pretty stable with good body control at high speeds, and works great at bends. However, the steering is a bit heavy with not-so-accurate feel at turns and bends making it an uncomfortable drive for the driver.
The diesel is not as quiet as the petrol engine at high revs but work fine at low revs. The i40 Tourer works great at putting off road and wind noise. However, the standard six-speed manual gearbox is disappointing.
The i40 is not very cheap as compared to some rivals but still better priced than many. Both diesel engines are capable of giving a low company car tax rating, especially when with engine stop-start technology.
Every i40 Tourer has a number of driver aids, including electronic stability control and emergency brake assist as standard. There are also seven airbags: twin front, side, curtain and driver’s knee. Keeping all this in mind, the car got a five-star crash rating from Euro NCAP. As for the security features, there are deadlocks, Thatcham Category 1 alarm and locking wheelnuts.
The i40’s dashboard is highly stylized giving an over the top look to the interiors of the car with bold and well-labeled controls. The driver’s seat is a bit uncomfortable with high sitting position. The boot has a 553-litre capacity which makes it one of the biggest boots in the family estate class. However, the rear seats don’t fold completely flat. Four adults can comfortably fit in the cabin with five fitting too with not so much of comfort though.
Entry-level Active cars have alloy wheels, Bluetooth, air-conditioning, steering wheel-mounted stereo controls and automatic lights and wipers. Style spec adds sat-nav, cruise control, a rear parking camera and dual-zone climate control. The flagship Premium model gets you leather upholstery, a panoramic sunroof, electric front seat adjustment and keyless entry.
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