Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hyundai I40 Tourer Premium 1.7 Crdi

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Hyundai I40 Tourer Premium 1.7 Crdi

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Byline: LEE GIBSON

LISTENING to industry experts bang on about the stratospheric rise of Hyundai over the past decade or so is becoming a bit like listening to a stuck record.

There is, however, no escaping the fact that the Korean conglomerate has, in what seems an indecently short space of time, gone from cheeky upstart to major player in the global car market.

Confirmation of that came in 2011 when the company, including part-owned partners Kia, hit the top five in world vehicle sales.

The latest chapter in that success story is the i40 - a bold move into the medium family car market that shows the confidence and ambition that comes with a place at the car makers' top table.

The Tourer arrived a few months ahead of the saloon and Hyundai is hoping that it will give them a foothold in the fleet market as well as appealing to families.

With 1.6 and 2.0 litre petrol-powered options and a 1.7 litre diesel with a choice of two power outputs available, the range might not be as wide as some more established rivals but should still cover most bases.

Hyundai is anticipating that the high-powered 134bhp version of the 1.7-litre diesel will be the most popular choice. It is coupled with a versatile six-speed manual transmission and offers plenty of pull throughout the rev range.

Cruising at motorway speeds was settled and pretty silent, while the power pack didn't grumble in the stop-start traffic around town either.

In fact, it was all pretty smooth and responsive and, with acceleration to 62mph in just 10.6 seconds and a top speed of 124mph, offered pretty respectable performance. Designed and engineered at Hyundai's research and development facility in Russelsheim, Germany, the i40 is aimed squarely at the European market and features the flowing, sporty lines we go for.

The raking roofline, rising waistline and rear spoiler create a dynamic profile while alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, front fog lights and a low, road-hugging stance add to the muscular feel. …

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