Hyundai i40 – refined for European motorists

  • Refined exterior design across Saloon and Tourer body types
  • Engine line-up offers responsiveness, efficiency and everyday usability
  • High quality and high value package at an accessible price

- The European-developed Hyundai i40 Saloon and Tourer are central to Hyundai Motor’s brand image among customers in Europe.

Both models present D-segment customers with outstanding exterior and interior design, numerous high-tech features and genuine high value and quality at an accessible price.

The i40 was last updated in 2015 and features attractive styling, capable engines, and excellent ride and handling, plus a range of safety and convenience features.

The i40 has played a positive role in the D-segment, changing both private and fleet customers' perceptions of the brand and achieving sales of more than 3,500 units in 2017.

Sophisticated technologies enhance everyday usability

The i40 was the first Hyundai to first to employ a seven-speed dual clutch transmission for increased efficiency and driving comfort. A Rear Electronic Damping System and Advanced Traction Cornering Control deliver excellent ride and handling, while the car also benefits from active safety and comfort features, previously only offered in the most highly-specified cars.

A refined interior with upgraded materials at key touch points is complemented by interior colour options that further enrich quality and customers' level of choice. The i40 also benefits from a suite of technologies for enhanced safety and convenience. Optional Bi-Xenon headlamps and Smart High Beam enhance visibility, while an optional Speed Limit Identification Function alerts the driver when travelling faster than the speed limit.

The New i40 for 2015 features newly designed head and rear lamps, new hexagonal front grille, new front bumper and new integrated LED fog lamps. The profile is refreshed with newly designed 16- and 18-inch alloy wheels.

New i40 retains its predecessor’s sleek outline, resulting in excellent aerodynamic drag figures - 0.29 Cd for the Tourer and 0.28 Cd for the Saloon.

Engaging, practical and premium design

Designed and engineered at the company's European R&D headquarters in Rüsselsheim, Germany, Hyundai's vision for the i40 was to provide a unique alternative within the D-segment. Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai's Motor's Design Centre Europe, ensured his team focused on refreshing the i40 while retaining the distinctive visual appeal of the original model. As a result, the i40 combines practicality with engaging design.

The i40 stands out for its sleek and elegant expression, yet it remains uncompromised on comfort and load capacity. Stylish head lamps and tail lamps enhance the sophisticated identity of the car during the day and also the night time. Two-tone wheel designs complement the overall elegant and sporty stance of the i40.

Thomas BürkleChief Designer at Hyundai's Motor's Design Centre Europe

The i40 possesses a sleek outline, resulting in excellent aerodynamic drag figures: 0.29 Cd Tourer and 0.28 Cd Saloon - the Tourer model's dynamic profile is enhanced further by the addition of a discrete rear spoiler.

Great comfort and convenience

The i40 exhibits Hyundai's characteristic levels of interior comfort, cabin versatility, practicality and cargo capacity. Inside the i40 there are high-quality materials, notably applied to the steering wheel, armrests and gear knob.

The i40 majors on space and comfort with a generous wheelbase (2,770 mm) and overall width (1,815 mm), which create a cabin with impressive roominess, including best-in-class space through its head (1,025 mm), leg (1,170 mm) and shoulder room (1,455 mm) for front seat occupants.

Rear headroom (990 mm) in the i40 is class-leading, while the unique function of reclining rear seats allows i40 to offer all occupants one of the most comfortable rides in the segment.

The cargo capacity in the i40 is highly competitive, at 525 litres (Saloon) and 553 litres (Tourer) while the rear seats are upright - extending to 1,719 litres (Tourer) with the rear seats folded down and loaded to the roof. Loading and unloading is especially easy thanks to one of the lowest floor levels in the D-segment - just 592 mm from the ground.

The Smart Power Tailgate, first introduced in earlier Genesis models, ensures easy access to the Tourer's cargo bay. It opens automatically when the driver approaches the rear of the car with the keys in their pocket. This makes the loading the car much easier even with both hands full of shopping. To further increase loading space, the rear seats are split 60/40, twin floor rails accommodate moveable luggage restraint barriers, and Tourer models also feature a retractable load cover.

The i40 is available with a heated steering wheel to enhance driver comfort on chilly winter mornings. Solar and privacy glass protect the interior from harmful UV rays and help reduce cabin temperatures as well as adding individual privacy in the back row.

Audio and navigation

The i40 is available with two audio systems. The standard audio is an evolution of the system available in the previous generation i40 model, with improvements to screen technology with the second system boasting a 4.3-inch TFT screen, digital radio to deliver broadcasts in the highest possible clarity, and a rear-view camera.

The i40 benefits from the latest in-car technologies, which provide access to information and entertainment while driving including smartphone connectivity with Apple Car Play and Android Auto. Its touch-screen navigation system is set in a 7-inch TFT colour touch screen and features a 3D display mode. Additionally, a high-resolution TFT LCD display provides on-board- and safety information to the driver.

Improved engines, plus a smooth seven-speed DCT

The i40 is available with a choice of two diesel power units - all Euro6 compliant - with outputs ranging from 115 to 165 PS, covering more than 80% of the market. The 141 PS version of the i40 can reach 62 mph in 10.5 seconds (manual), and a top speed of 124 mph (Tourer) and 126 mph (Saloon).

The top-selling version of Hyundai's U-II 1.7-litre diesel engine now delivers more power (141 PS) and more torque (340 Nm) and is expected to continue to be the most popular engine choice with both private and fleet buyers, accounting for more than 50% of sales. This engine's high torque output from just 1,750 rpm ensures a responsive drive.

The seven-speed DCT system offers drivers fully-automatic operation (ideal for town driving) or sequential manual gear changes selected with the gear-lever or steering wheel-mounted paddles for greater driver involvement.

The 1.7-litre diesel standard engine generates 115 PS and a torque output of up to 280 Nm from as low as 1,250 rpm. This engine comes with a 6-speed manual transmission in the i40 Tourer and can also be equipped with an ISG-system.

CO2 emissions start from 110 g/km and fuel consumption of 4.2 l/100 km for the 115 PS variant of the i40.

Eco credentials

In terms of environmental performance, the i40 features: Integrated Stop & Go (ISG), low rolling-resistance tyres, an alternator management system (AMS) and a drag-reducing 'active air flap' in the front grille.

Enhanced running gear improves ride and handling

Hyundai's chassis engineering team for the i40 was tasked with delivering a highly competent ride alongside excellent handling balance.

For better cornering and to ensure the overall agility of the i40, Hyundai’s engineering team developed the Advanced Traction Cornering Control (ATCC). The ATCC improves traction and handling, all specially tailored for the i40 and its driving characteristics.

Axel HonischGeneral Manager Vehicle Test and Development

The system uses electronic sensors to emulate the behaviour of a limited-slip differential during cornering, providing additional traction, better grip and improved handling. The computer-controlled system applies the brake to the inside wheel in a turn and directs more torque to the outside wheel, enhancing stability and boosting driver confidence. The operation is seamless, fully automatic and the small application of the brake is imperceptible to the driver. The disc brakes are backed-up by ESC, ABS, EBD and Brake Assist systems as standard.

The Drive Mode settings are enhanced by a Rear Electronic Damping Control System (ECS), which is equipped on the rear axle of the most popular i40 body type - the Tourer. Thus, the driver can adapt the suspension settings through the drive modes to suit their driving style. In addition to the rear suspension, the steering, throttle response* and transmission logic* are also influenced by the selection.

The robust body shell, long wheelbase (2,770 mm) and wide track 1,591 mm in the front and 1,597 mm in the rear provide an excellent foundation for the fully independent suspension - MacPherson Struts at the front and a multi-link system at the rear. The electric rack and pinion power steering boasts 2.78 turns of the steering wheel from lock-to-lock.

* Models with DCT

'Active' technologies for a safer drive

The i40 boasts a comprehensive list of active and passive safety technologies to boost the wellbeing of the driver, passengers and other road users. For example, the Bi-Xenon headlamps, which have brighter illumination and deliver greater clarity for improved night time visibility, feature self-levelling as standard.

The forward-facing sensors for the existing Lane Keeping Assist System, now perform two additional functions. The Smart High Beam (SHB) system monitors approaching traffic and automatically turns off the high beam to avoid dazzling other drivers. The Speed Limit Identification Function system checks roadside signs and displays a current speed limit alert to the driver via the TFT display on the instrument panel.

In terms of passive safety equipment, every i40 is fitted with seven airbags - front, side, curtain and driver knee airbag as standard. On some models two rear side airbags are also available.

Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty

Like all new Hyundai models, the i40 is backed-up by Hyundai's unique, Five Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty package. This care programme provides customers with a five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five years of roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.