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The Top Gear car review:Hyundai i40
For:An accomplished all-rounder with a broad spread of talents
Against: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.