Island Life Magazine Ltd October/November 2011 - Page 61

MOTORING Hyundai so impressive During recent years Hyundai have gone from strength to strength, and the release of the new i40 sees that trend very much continuing. Hyundai cars are well designed, well built, good to drive and relatively inexpensive to buy. What has been missing from its range is a larger competitive car. But that has changed as the i40 hits the road, a vehicle clearly aimed at the executive fleet market. The i40 Tourer certainly looks the part with its rounded body shape making it look very dynamic. Inside, there is evidence that Hyundai have made the i40 practical and comfortable. The i40 has a smart cabin, with a nicely textured soft-touch dashboard and clearly laid out instruments and dials. TEST DRIVEN ON THE ISLAND By Peter White Space is in abundance on the inside. There are 553 litres of luggage space on offer with the rear seats in place, which can be extended by dropping the seats - in a simple one-movement operation - to an extremely impressive 1,719 litres. The i40 Tourer I drove, courtesy of Wight Motors, College Close, Sandown was the 1.7 CRDi 136 PS auto, and there was simply nothing to fault it for looks, performance or design. It has the power to compete with some other manufacturers' 2.0-litre units, and rivals them on CO2 emissions at 159g/km, or just 119g/km for the Blue Drive. A six-speed automatic transmission, with paddle-shifters, is optional on the two most powerful i40 engines. The ride is smooth, which is enhanced by the i40’s long wheelbase and feels stable and firmly planted on the road. It has a host of standard features on the Active entry level model. They include air-conditioning, alloys, stability control, Bluetooth, four electric windows and LED daytime running lights as standard. No wonder it’s hard to fault the i40. Wight Motors College Close, Sandown PO36 8EB TEL: 01983 405551 61