Less is more

Hyundai i40 Wagon 2.0 Review

Story and Photos by Mark Yeo - 20 Jan 2012

The i40 wagon might be an even smaller car than the i45 saloon but it makes for an even more convincing car. Mark Yeo explains why.

Introduction, styling

There’s a video clip on YouTube titled ‘Winterkorn and the Hyundai’ where the head honcho of Volkswagen AG, Dr. Martin Winterkorn was seen scrutinizing the new Hyundai i30 at the car’s world debut at the Frankfurt Motorshow last September. Well, if the chairman of Volkswagen, one of the world’s biggest carmaker takes interest in a competitor’s car then that car must have really impressed him then.

The new second gen i30 is yet to be launched here in Singapore and we’ve not driven or experienced it yet so I can’t tell you how good it actually is. But having recently tested the meant-for-Europe new i40 wagon, I could understand why Herr Winterkorn was so impressed by a new Hyundai model like the i30.

The i40 is not exactly just an estate version of he i45 saloon as it is a smaller car than the latter but it does utilizes the latter’s platform and drivetrain. In Europe, the i40 is available in both saloon and wagon body styles but its somewhat close resemblance in looks and size to the i45 means that only the estate model is currently offered here.   

Just like the recent Elantra and i45, the i40 wagon strongly embodies Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design ethos for its exterior styling. The i40’s styling details are a mix of the i45’s (the curvaceous roof line) and the Elantra (the nose). With a sportier snout and sleeker profile than the i45 and on 18-inch wheels, the i40 wagon certainly looks prettier and more athletic looking than the larger saloon model. The i40’s more compact dimensions (50mm shorter overall, 20mm narrower, 25mm shorter wheelbase), smarter looking front grille and somewhat less complex surfaces give it a purposeful stance as well.

 
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  I am looking forward to the diesel model
- Anonymous Singapore. 3 Jan 2013 1:45AM
  I have checked 2 other websites and found that oneshift is showing 1998cc for i40 while others are showing 1999cc. I think that i40 is not using the same Theta II engine as i45 and K5 with 1998cc because worldwide i40 is using an all new Nu engine with 1999cc with or without GDi. The engine found in the Singapore i40 should be exactly the same as the Kia Soul in US which is the non-GDi Nu engine with 1999cc. So may i know if there is any error with the informations in the article as well as the specification section?
- caddilacwong Malaysia. 26 Jan 2012 6:46PM
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Engine
Engine Capacity 1999cc
Engine Type Straight 4
Power 166bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 200Nm @ 4800rpm
Performance
Acceleration 10.9s (0-100 km/h)
Top Speed 200 km/h
Fuel Consumption (combined) 13.3 km/L
Misc Technical Data
Transmission 6 -speed Auto
Drive Type FF
Measurements
Body Type Wagon
Dimension
(L x W x H)
(4,770 x 1,815 x 1,470) mm
Wheelbase 2770 mm
Brakes
Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs
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