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Hyundai i40 CRDI Premium 2012 review: snapshot

Plenty of acceleration across a wide rev range, super quiet and smooth running, can't hear or feel a thing most of the time.

We turn the spotlight on the car world's newest and brightest stars as we ask the questions to which you want the answers. But there's only one question that really needs answering -- would you buy one?

What is it?

This is the sedan version of Hyundai's striking, German-designed i40. It joins handsome i40 wagon that's been around for a while now but there's a new generation diesel (also petrol) under the bonnet. Premium model drive is top of the range.

How much?

Price is $44,590 but it's jammed with goodies; premium audio, premium SUNA satnav, leather, full glass panoramic roof.

What are competitors?

Plenty, top of the range Mazda6, Ford Mondeo, VW Passat, Peugeot 508, Accord.

What's under the bonnet?

The diesel is a 1.7-litre unit with variable geometry turbo and twin cams. It is good for 100kW/320Nm and is generation II of this particular engine.

How does it go?

Really well with plenty of acceleration across a wide rev range, super quiet and smooth running, can't hear or feel a thing most of the time.

Is it economical?

Rated at 6.0/100km. We achieved 5.0 without really trying.

Is it green?

Yes, Passes Euro 5

Is it safe?

Yes gets a five star rating and has a raft of primary and secondary safety systems and features — nine air bags, stability control and plenty more.

Is it comfortable?

Like being in a BMW. Heated seats front and rear. Soft leather, attractive styling inside and out, premium audio, dual zone climate control, rear view camera (crystal clear image), bending headlights, ECO indicator. Get the picture?

What's it like to drive?

Really enjoyed it. Did some long distance work and commuting. Easy to spend a long time in the car without fatigue. Sporty feel to the localised dynamics, Sachs German suspension, grippy rubber, responsive electric steering.

Like the paddle shift too. High beam a bit dull. Audio system refused to accept chosen set up for speakers and sound.

Is it value for money?

Yes, even though it's at the upper end of the i40 spectrum. Ticks nearly all of the luxury boxes in a right size package. Fixed price servicing and unbeatable warranty are icing on the cake.

Would we buy one?

Would definitely look at one against other offerings in the segment. The diesel engine holds strong appeal for economy and performance. Six speed auto is standard. Honestly, we'd be looking at the mid range Elite at five grand less.

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Active 1.7L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $6,290 – 10,990 2012 Hyundai I40 2012 Active Pricing and Specs
Elite 1.7L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $6,990 – 16,490 2012 Hyundai I40 2012 Elite Pricing and Specs
Premium 1.7L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $7,990 – 17,999 2012 Hyundai I40 2012 Premium Pricing and Specs
Active 1.7L, Diesel, 6 SP AUTO $7,635 – 15,990 2012 Hyundai I40 2012 Active Pricing and Specs
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