After a week-long test drive of the Hyundai i40 Tourer, here are some of my experiences with the car.
Day 1 – Hyundai i40 Tourer First Impressions
Looking at the press pictures of the car I personally quite liked the look of the Hyundai i40 Tourer. I thought it looked fairly stylish and very practical. The car is also a very reasonable price, so all in all a good start to get me interested.
The i40 was delivered on a sunny day and was spotlessly clean; there was no disappointment at all. Taking a look around the car I loved the design; from the front of the car the focus points were those super bright LED running lights and that humongous grille that spans almost the entire front of the car.
The back of the car features some very nice lines that continue down the side of the car. The wheels are well designed and help the car stand out, you can even get them in a size larger for greater effect. Overall this is certainly a great looking car for the money.
Day 2 – First Real Drive in the Car
Taking the car out for some normal day-to-day use, I was impressed once again. Getting inside the car there is loads of space; I’m 6’4 and there was plenty of headroom, not to the mention the heaps of space that is available in the back for your rear seat passengers.
Driving the 1.7-litre diesel engine with a manual gearbox seems to work pretty well. The Hyundai engine creates 139bhp, but somehow feels more like 180bhp. The car moves forward very nicely and the accompanying manual 6-speed gearbox works very smoothly and is easy to use.
Comforts inside the car include a good quality sound system that is controlled using the touch screen display on the centre of the dashboard, this also includes Sat Nav and Bluetooth phone integration. The heating controls and switchgear on the dashboard are clearly laid out and very simple to operate. The first impression of this car is certainly ticking all the right boxes.
Day 3 – Evening Photoshoot
3 days in and it’s time to get the i40 Tourer out for a photo shoot and see how good the car looks in front of the camera. As you can see from the pictures below we took the car out at sunset and caught some fantastic photo ops.
With the sun setting we took the car to a few different locations. The soft light made all the difference in bringing out the very best of the Hyundai i40 Tourer.
Day 4 – What Do Others Think of the Car
Meeting up with another car enthusiast friend of mine, they were pleasantly surprised to see the i40 Tourer on the drive and were keen to find out more about the car. The i40 catches a lot more attention than I expected; I learnt that this attraction was partly due to Hyundai’s growing reputation in the UK and also because of the stylish redesign of this car. The styling is now comparable with some of the more expensive German players.
Day 5 – Taking a Long Journey
After a day in the office I had planned to spend the weekend in the Peak District, which meant an hour and half journey from Birmingham to Bakewell, via the motorway, B roads and then some really tight country roads. The i40 Tourer was great for this trip as it meant that I could take a boot full of stuff in the car and still have enough space inside to carry 4 passengers in comfort.
During the trip the car was nice and quiet in the cabin and the suspension did a great job of smoothing out the road in front of me. The car left me refreshed and relaxed once I arrived at my destination.
Day 6 – Country Dash
Once in the countryside, I took an hour or two out of my day to take the car out for a spin on the B roads and get a feel for how much fun the car really is to drive. I found the Tourer felt a lot lighter and more fun to drive than expected considering the size of the estate car. I was very impressed with the overall driving experience.
Taking on the country roads was lots of fun, and as an added bonus the i40 Tourer can actually cover great distance very efficiently. Over my week so far I had averaged just under 50mpg, which in my opinion is a great achievement for the type of driving I had been doing.
Day 7 – Looking Back on my Week
Looking back on my time with the car I learned that this car has huge potential. The car is immensely practical with its vast passenger space, great boot space, and on top of this all the little touches that make living with the car a pleasure.
The engine setup in this car also makes the experience brilliant. The engine gives plenty of power and still holds the right balance between power and efficiency, making this car not too expensive to run with regards to fuel costs.
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