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Our Fleet: Hyundai i40 Tourer - March 2012

Hyundai
BIK List Price
£22,240
Hyundai i40 BIK list price
BIK Percentage
13%
Hyundai i40 BIK Percent
CO2
119g/km
Hyundai i40 CO2
Combined MPG
62.8
Hyundai i40 MPG

Review

Conversations regarding our long-term Hyundai have tended to follow the same pattern during its time with us.

“What make of car is this?”

“A Hyundai.”

“Really? It’s good isn’t it.”

Whether they are impressed enough to buy in future remains to be seen, but it is certainly the case that when people experience the quality that Hyundai now builds into its products , they are generally positive.

In the business world, there don’t seem to be any built-in brand perception for Hyundai, because people haven’t had any experience of the brand in their motoring lives, so it seems there is a blank consumer canvas ready for the firm to write on.

Over the past few thousand miles, the brand messages I feel the i40 has given me are quality, design, reliability and, increasingly, mainstream – especially as pricing is now on a par with fleet industry stalwarts such as Ford and Vauxhall.

I have managed to identify relatively few niggles, my main ones being the electronic handbrake and the push-button start system.

The handbrake disengages automatically when you set off, but it doesn’t automatically apply when you park and turn off the engine, unlike several other models I have driven.

As a result, you have to remember to pull the switch to apply the handbrake. If you don’t, or don’t pull up the switch far enough, the car is free to roam where it wants.

The push button start is normally trouble free, but as it is linked to the automatic engine stop-start system, there can be confusion when you park. So you stop in your parking space and the engine automatically turns off.

The engine is still ‘on’, but the only way of telling this is the engine start button, which is hidden behind the steering wheel. A little message on the dashboard wouldn’t go amiss, as the warning chime when you open the door could be for anything.

Combine these two niggles and the typical rush that is family life and the result has been a fair few angry moments of button pressing and switch pulling.

However, if that is the worst of my criticisms after thousands of miles, then Hyundai has done a pretty good job with the i40 and I am sure there is an increasing army of drivers out there who would agree.

UPDATE

Our Hyundai i40 estate has just earned another plaudit, having been Highly Commended in the prestigious Fleet News Awards.

For a full list of gongs, click here.

Driver Notes

FN Verdict
So far, it has been a solid performer in every area, from fuel economy to comfort and practicality.
Fuel costs
Fuel economy for our Bluedrive model remains in the mid-50s mpg, helped in part by the engine stop/start system. The savings are limited though, particularly as the engine seems to restart automatically after about 90 seconds, which limits its value.
CO2 emissions
As a result, it emits 119g/km, which means it benefits from the tail-end of the HMRC tax reductions for vehicles which emit 120g/km or less. Company car drivers will pay 13% benefit-in-kind tax currently, but this will jump to 17% for the 2012/2013 tax year (ouch).
Top Speed
124mph
Hyundai i40 Top Speed
VED band
N/A
Hyundai i40 Ved
Fuel Type
Diesel
Hyundai i40 Fuel Type
Residual Value
3 Year 60k : £7,450
4 Year 80k : £5,325
Running Cost (ppm)
3 Year 60k : 38.54
4 Year 80k : 35.42

CO2 emissions and fuel consumption data correct at time of writing. The latest figures are available in the Fleet News fuel cost calculator and the company car tax calculator.

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