The Hyundai i40 saloon and Tourer estate are set to get a new look and Smartstream diesel engines, thanks to a minor facelift. The updated model is expected to arrive shortly, taking on rivals like the Vauxhall Insignia and Ford Mondeo.
HYUNDAI i40 SMARTENS UP
It’s easy to spot the new i40, because Hyundai has redesigned is front end to accommodate its striking ‘Cascading Grille’ family face, with a three-dimensional mesh and ‘floating’ number plate. Hyundai has taken the opportunity to upgrade the i40 with its SmartSense safety features, including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, that uses cameras to first visually and acoustically warn the driver of a potential collision, before braking “according to the collision danger level” and then applying maximum braking force if a collision is unavoidable.
Under the skin, the biggest change is the switch to Hyundai’s latest Smartstream 1.6-litre diesel engine, meeting the latest Euro-6d-Temp emissions standards. It will be available with 114bhp and a six-speed manual gearbox or a punchier version with 134bhp. The latter also comes with the option of Hyundai’s seven-speed dual-clutch 7-DCT automatic gearbox. Both engines can return up to 65.7mpg with CO2 emissions as low as 112g/km.