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.


Engine Capacity 1999cc
Engine Type Inline 4
Power 166bhp @ 6500rpm
Torque 213Nm @ 4800rpm
Power to Weight 115.2 bhp per ton


Acceleration 9.7s (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
Steering Hydraulic


Body Type Wagon
(L x W x H)
(4770 x 1815 x 1470) mm
Wheelbase 2770 mm
Kerb Weight 1441 kg
Boot Capacity 553 L
Fuel Tank Capacity 70 L


Brakes (Front) Discs
Brakes (Rear) Discs