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Sunraysia Daily Saturday, January 2, 2016
THE popular Hyundai mid-size twins, the
i40 Sedan and Tourer, have had a mid-
life spruce-up and it s much more than
a once-over with a damp face cloth. Not
only have the pair smartened up, they have a
few new technological tricks up their sleeve.
Hyundai Series II i40 comes in sedan or
Tourer (station wagon) form, with the choice of
either petrol or diesel power and in a couple of
specification levels - Active and Premium.
We tried out the Hyundai i40 1.7-litre CRDi
turbo-diesel automatic Active Tourer, which
comes to market at $35,090, plus on-road costs.
Resemblance to the Series I is there, but
the Series II features are sharper - from the
more aggressive grille and projector-beam
headlights, plus LED daytime running lights to
stylish new taillights.
The grille has the family features of the i40 s
cousin, the Veloster coupe, with its matte-black
horizontal slats and contrasting chrome inserts.
Chrome also adds a touch of class to the
The front bumper has been reshaped and all
variants have redesigned wheels, the twin-
spoke 16-inch alloys on i40 Series II Active are
finished in silver.
The cabin has a convenient rear armrest
storage box with a flip-up cover now adding to
clever storage options for rear-seat passengers.
The infotainment screen is the focus of
important interior upgrades. The Series I dot
matrix audio has been replaced with a new 4.3-
inch touchscreen making things easier for the
user and giving the cabin more modern styling.
In addition to the existing AM/FM radio, CD-
player, USB/AUX inputs and MP3 compatibility,
the upgraded system now chips in with digital
iPod connectivity (previously analogue), as
well as a sophisticated media ripping / storage
The i40 Series II range is available with
either Hyundai s 2.0 GDi petrol engine (Tourer
variants only), or 1.7 CRDi diesel (all variants).
For the i40 Series II, the diesel engine now
combines with Hyundai s all-new seven-speed
dual-clutch automatic, replacing the six-speed
automatic previously found in diesel-engined
Power output has increased from 100 kW
to 104 kW at 4000rpm, while peak torque has
jumped from 320Nm to 340Nm, from 1750 to
Nine airbags - driver and front passenger,
driver and front passenger side (thorax), rear
outboard side (thorax), full-length curtains,
and driver s knee - are augmented by Electronic
Stability Control, including Traction Control
System, ABS brakes with Electronic Brake-force
Distribution, Brake Assist System, Vehicle
Automatic dusk-sensing headlights, LED
daytime running lights and emergency stop
signal keep the vehicle in clear view of other
Parking is aided by front and rear proximity
alarms, plus a rear-view camera, both of which
are bonuses with a vehicle approaching five
metres in length.
Following other recent Series II upgrades in
Hyundai s passenger vehicle and SUV line-up,
i40 Series II has adopted more advanced 32-bit
motor-driven power steering, replacing the
previous 16-bit system. Steering feedback to
the driver was the winner here.
Hyundai s highly regarded Australian
chassis development team revisited the i40 s
suspension, ride and handling by matching the
new steering system with various combinations
of springs, dampers and stabiliser bars.
Thirty separate suspension combinations
were exhaustively tested, both on the road
and via computer modelling. The results are
impressive, giving the Tourer the ability to deal
with the quite challenging surfaces, including
those with mid-corner bumps, of country roads.
I could not match Hyundai s diesel Tourer
fuel consumption claim of 5.1 litres per 100
kilometres, but still clocking a respectable
5.4 litres per 100 kilometres during highway
cruising and a far-from unfriendly 7.6 litres per
100 in town. The latter wasn t helped by having
much of the maximum 1672 litres (rear seat
back folded) cargo space taken up with gear.
For those who can get over the current
obsession with owning a mid-size two-wheel
drive SUV with their inherent obesity and lack
of cargo capacity, the Hyundai i40 turbo-diesel
Active Tourer could be the answer.
For more information on the Hyundai i40,
contact North Star Motors, LMCT 8241 at 29
Orange Avenue, Mildura, phone 5021 3866 or
Hyundai twins take
lead in new series
Coming in sedan or Tourer (station wagon) form, with
the choice of either petrol or diesel power and in a
couple of specification levels - Active and Premium.
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