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The Top Gear car review: Hyundai i40

Overall verdict
Hyundai arrives to worry the Ford Mondeo – and the impressive i40 certainly does that.


An accomplished all-rounder with a broad spread of talents


It's not particularly sporty. Does that matter? No


What is it?

The i40 is a measure of how serious a player Hyundai is these days. Sister company Kia took a US-sourced Optima and twisted it to a European-friendly spec. Hyundai, though, went one better, by designing a car solely for us, in the country where all the leading premium saloons come from – Germany. The i40 saloon and Tourer estate are thus the result of some concerted thinking and aim to take on the Ford Mondeo at its own game – and win.

This is a genuinely competitive Hyundai, and the firm’s being duly combative with it. A bulging range of trims and engines are all bang on the money, literally and figuratively: the spec is right and CO2 is right, as Hyundai judges exactly what the market wants, and delivers it.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6 CRDi [136] Premium 4dr
10.8s 119g/km 62.8 136 £26,715
The cheapest
1.6 GDi Blue Drive SE Nav 4dr
11.5s 147g/km 43.5 135 £22,415
The greenest
1.6 CRDi [136] SE Nav 4dr DCT
11.5s 113g/km 62.8 136 £26,115