Hyundai i40 Tourer Review, Insurance Cost
When Allan Rushforth, the vice president of Hyundai Motor Europe, outlined the company’s “bold ambitions for Hyundai in Europe”, he was referring to the statement of intent that is the Hyundai i40 Tourer.
Just so everyone got the message loud and clear about the significance of the i40 Tourer, the phrases “next phase” and “product evolution” were duly trotted out by Hyundai’s PR machine back in December .
Seven months on, the word is still spreading ahead of the eagerly-awaited launch later this year, but what is all the hype about? And how much will it cost to buy and which motor insurance band will they fall into?
Well, the i40 Tourer is Hyundai’s new family estate, with a saloon version expected to follow at a later date. With prices starting from £18,395 for the i40 Active and rising to £23,795 for the i40 Premium, it gives rivals such as the Ford Mondeo or Volkswagen Passat a real run for their money.
Engine sizes include a 1.6-litre GDi petrol, 1.7 CRDi turbodiesel and a 2.0-litre petrol version. There’s also an eco-friendly Blue Drive model that reduces emissions and improves fuel consumption with stop and go technology and low rolling resistance tyres.
Alloy wheels, Bluetooth and MP3 compatibility come as standard across the three types of i40 Tourer: the i40 Active, the i40 Style and the i40 Premium.
The latter two also have touch screen satellite navigation and a rear view parking camera. As you’d expect, the i40 Tourer is extremely family friendly on the inside with bags of boot space – 553 litres to be precise, although you can more than treble that when the seats are down.
The i40 Active, which is in car insurance groups 13E, has electric heated door mirrors, while the i40 Style has rain-sensing front windscreen wipers, cruise control and a dual zone climate control.
Then, you come to the i40 Premium, with its panoramic sunroof, heated front seats and keyless ignition with a start/stop engine button. The i40 Premium, which is classed as insurance group 18E, can also be upgraded to include a heated steering wheel and heated rear seats.
On the i40 Tourer, Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai’s UK managing director, said: “It offers exceptionally low emissions and high fuel economy; an intuitive, spacious and contemporary interior package combined with an unparalleled level of standard equipment for its class – all at an accessible price.
The i40 is a sign of how far Hyundai has come in recent years, and truly embodies where the brand is going. We believe that it offers a unique, value for money, customer proposition in this highly competitive market segment.”
Whitehorn is not alone in praising the Hyundai i40 Tourer as it has also received plenty of promising reviews, especially from the UK media. A video article on The Sun newspaper’s website claimed the interior was the best yet in a Hyundai.
Which? Car raved about the “great value” of the i40 Tourer after Hyundai walked away with this year’s Which? Award for Best Car Manufacturer. And What Car? gave it three out of five stars and also waxed lyrical about what you get for your money.