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It’s not easy making an estate car look distinctive, but
Hyundai reckons it has done it. And to make sure no one’s attention wanders off
to the saloon version, there is no saloon version. Not yet, anyway.

So here’s the i40 Tourer, compete with a strange scything
rear-end pillar shape that ought not to work, but does. It mates with a deep
arching trench along the side of the car at door-handle level, and a beaky
front end. So if you forgot where you left it in the car park, the Hyundai
designers did all they can to help.

You can get three trims and four engines. Hyundai sent us
the top-end 24 grand one to test, and it certainly had all the toys. But thing
is, the car didn’t feel over-dressed. The underlying quality is there to
justify it.

Dressed up, yes. Quick, no. A 136bhp diesel is always going to
struggle versus a big estate car, even when there’s no load up. Sensibly then,
Hyundai hasn’t given the i40 a sports suspension. It doesn’t need it. Instead, it’s
set up to smother bumps and cruise down the motorway like it’s worn its own

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