Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I's on the Prize

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

I's on the Prize

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ASTUNNING-looking machine that returned a fantastic 65mpg, had room for ve adults and their luggage and came with a realistic price tag. Just what most of us would happily settle for in a set of wheels.

Well, that's what you got from Korean giants Hyundai with their sleek, familysized i40.

Arriving hard on the heels of the i40 Tourer estate car, the four- door saloon was blessed with the same owing lines as its load- lugging sibling. So boy, did this baby look the part.

And it also acted the part, for the i40 came in three trim levels - Active, Style and Premium - and featured both petrol and diesel power units with a choice of three power outputs with both manual and automatic gearboxes.

All o ered exceptional value for money, but not only that, for a large D-segment family saloon, running costs were such that it didn't break the bank to keep the car on the road.

Service intervals came every 20,000 miles, while Hyundai's ve- year, unlimited miles warranty also kept repair costs at bay.

Hyundai's optional Blue Drive technology was available throughout the range, featuring intelligent stop-and-go technology. ese models were cleaner, oerd better fuel consumption and were cheaper to tax.

I have to admit I was most impressed with the smaller-output diesel which was available only in Active trim.

Powered by the same 1.7-litre CRDi engine found throughout the rest of the range, but churning out 114bhp compared with 134bhp on the Style and Premium spec models, it delivered a whopping 65.7mpg on the combined cycle while cutting emissions to 113g/ k m.

While obviously missing out on some low end grunt when making a quick getaway or overtaking, it still produced 192lb/ft from between 1,250 and 2,750revs, powering the i40 to 62mph from standing in 12.3 seconds and giving it a top speed of 119mph.

e i40 came kitted out with a collection of the latest active and passive safety technologies for maximum protection for those inside. …

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