Hyundai i40

Hyundai i40cw ( since 2011 )

The Hyundai i40 is a located somewhere in the middle class car model by the South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai Motor Company for the European market. The car differs visually and in the length of the Hyundai Sonata continues to offer on other continents. Its platform also use Kia Optima and Hyundai Santa Fe.

The i40 was designed in Hyundai's European research and development center in Rüsselsheim and will work in Ulsan ( South Korea) built. The five works by the world's largest automotive site leaves every twelve seconds, a vehicle, one of which reach most of the connected port in the world market. Its sister company Hyundai Heavy 's products include car ferries and is currently the largest shipbuilders. Unusually for a model of Korean manufacturing is the rangy option list of the i40. It refers to a flexible supplier and manufacturing system.

Before its premiere at the Geneva Motor Show, a website has been switched, could describe the users with their mouse move an animation path over the area to be illuminated parts of the vehicle not publicly shown. This was then be taken real.

In early March 2011, the estate version was first i40cw presented, which came on sale in June. The saloon was followed until 23 March 2012. Here, Hyundai is focused on the demand of the middle class.

Hyundai i40 Saloon ( since 2012 )


From 2012, he should, however, available as diesel hybrid (see engines). Identical to the study should be 3 liters per 100 km consumption.

Drawn was the HED -7 i-flow ( Hyundai European Design ) by Thomas Bürkle, consisting of Chris Bangles BMW team joined Hyundai in 2005. Most recently, he worked at the E63, at Hyundai debut was the restrained, yet reminiscent only at the rear of the BMW i30. Reason of his move was the opportunity to lead the the nascent independently functioning European design center.

Sales strategy

Designed by Thomas Bürkle body extends over a longer wheelbase compared to the Sonata. This is taken literally to another platform altogether, the i40, however, be regarded as a fabricated with increased budget Sonata. The development of such a European -specific models began with the i30 and is less growth than the review itself gesetzer quality objectives in a saturated, but gadget-loving and affluent market. The i30 fulfilled his objective; he belongs to the private buyers to the best-selling car in the German market. The initial contact to the mark to take place in the fleet market now increasingly also. The so -reach target groups should help lay the contrary to the global development steady exotic status of the Hyundai - middle class. This accompanies the Sonata since Europe brand Admission 1991 (see sales figures). The commercial space would also offset the declining after the scrapping private customers paragraph, advised therefore are around 20 % for the i40. The goal is 10% commercial share across all models.

The first on this path made ​​2010 i30cw. Last reduced the fleet also share the dealers hand, criticized re-import share of 30 percent is transported by economic crisis-hit countries in order to stabilize the country's own sales figures.


The residual value issue dedicated to the manufacturer a long warranty. It grants five years, during which also takes part of the maintenance costs. For permits from 2012, these are five checkups that are used arbitrarily, so before holidays or the beginning of winter. 2011, there were five inspections, exclusive of the cost of materials for wear parts. To maintain the warranty, an inspection is required. A mileage limit applies but still only for taxis and rental cars. A mobility warranty of five years should also provide for breakdowns accommodation and car hire. For re-imported cars ( " EU import " ) the attached service book, its contents, according to Hyundai in 26 countries, similar to the one described applies.

So the incentive to drive free workshops omitted. Their maintenance would indeed be without prejudice to the warranty, but not the revenue tied to Hyundai companies. So on the other hand, the manufacturer subsidizes its own network and at the same time gaining control over his product. The he can for precisely controlled processes and thus take advantage of a unified customer experience. The free workshops are still the same information to maintenance and repair are available.

The strategy long guarantees, the Group commenced the Kia Opirus 2004. Still here without maintenance takeover, followed in the same year compact and small car with five additional cost poor inspections.

According to a vendor-independent study loses in the segment only the Seat Exeo ( as a 1.8 TSI ) less in value than the i40 1.6 GDI. This result arises in the consideration of new and residual values ​​in euros, not the percentage value loss. However, inaccuracies caused by the use of list instead of real selling prices. ADAC provides the stability below Superb and Passat and above all other non- premium car of the middle class.

Landing gear

  • Front: Independent, MacPherson strut suspension with gas pressure shock absorbers, front wheel drive
  • Rear: Independent, multi -link suspension with gas pressure shock absorbers and stabilizer
  • BAS - Brake Assist
  • EBD - Electronic Brake Force Distribution
  • TCS - Electronic Traction Control for starting
  • ESP - vehicle dynamics control, practice test in the areas of safety, security sales assistants
  • HAC - Hill Ascent Control - Hill Start Assist, which brakes when released can still attracted to engaging in hilly terrain

The direct steering by reducing their ease in urban pace, the target accuracy in brisk changes of direction. As speed increases, then decreases the power assistance. Nevertheless arises a more restrained driving style. While maneuvering, the low resistance relaxing effect, he also does not represent an unstable track; Driving grooves hardly follows the car. Praise is the chassis for the damping of irregularities, of which only are short consecutive noticeable. Quick changes of direction, the ESP prevents overdriving the light becoming stern.

The turning circle diameter is 11 meters in class ordinary. It is followed by braking distances, which are not renewed, even with repeated braking maneuvers. The mean value after ten full braking from 100 km / h at 40 meters.


The safety features include six standard airbags in addition to a driver's side knee area as well as in the DA- CH region optional torso airbags in the fund, which complement the local head airbags. An ESP and Isofix mountings in the rear are always included, a tire pressure monitoring system optional. As the knee airbag is taken from the Grandeur not available in Europe and the ( optional ) Active Lane Assistant. There, both were first included in a vehicle of the brand. From the Security Manager 2011 available on the market the i40 thus forgoes lane change assistant, distance -controlling cruise control and automatic emergency braking, which would slow down automatically when obstacles. However, their function ranges from later, purely acoustic warning to automatic emergency braking, so that a knowledge of the model-specific function is important for avoiding the driver's false assumptions.

The braking distance is 40 meters in the middle of the segment and is achieved by the brake assist also in non- pressing the pedal. The braking power did not decrease during the ten full braking from 100 km / hr.

Due to its only European sales of the i40 is also checked only in Euro NCAP. For the tests of American Institute for rollover behavior and the damage image stay out in parking accidents. For neither child safety, still active, ie accident prevention safety systems are tested in the United States.

The following tests were carried out in August 2011 and apply to all produced i40.


2009 started the Euro NCAP under the new scheme to test. All then evaluated mid-range models like the i40 received five stars. Exceptions are the MG 6 and the Seat Exeo at which the conversion is comprehensible. It is based on an older Audi generation who still got five stars under the old scheme 2008. Compares the ratings are no longer so. Was changed primarily the number of tests, it became more numerous as the measured values ​​, received by the reader. Has been retained to carry out the existing tests.

  • Adults: 92 %

The tests of ten years ago still single rating category showed good results. The frontal test simulates, as then, a versetzes against each driving two 55 km / h faster, more heavy vehicles. However, the driver reached down to the header and footer only the second best rating level. Although the knee airbag offered best protection here, the Institute assessed the steering column from as potentially dangerous to other situations and therefore. The same conclusion was the shoulder area in 2009 -added test pile. Here the vehicle at 29 km / h pushed to a phone mast similar obstacle. However, all other ranges, as well as the side and rear test received the best possible rating. During a side test, the optional torso airbags were not included in the rear, the local children's seats still achieved very good readings. Here, a sedan with a 50 km / h drove centrally on the driver's side, at the rear test the removed front seats, three shocks were added to simulate the accidents of 6 to 9 g head acceleration. The passive headrests of the test vehicle while consistently prevent whiplash, are in the DA- CH region but replaced by active. The Euro NCAP selects in the test car equipment putatively best-selling Europe. The use of extremely lightweight and therefore thin sheets on the roof lowers the center of gravity and is recognizable by its vibration in the crash test video - an effect which the i40 also includes the flanks. The supporting parts are, however, made ​​of high- strength steels.

  • Children: 86 %

A quarter of the maximum number of points is provided here for instructions and ease of seat attachment. These points reached the i40 completely by a clear status indication of the passenger-side front air bag on the right-hand temperature control and the advice to install this seat rear-facing child seat does not, the airbag should be enabled. The practice tests showed consistently low loads at good protection, except when rated satisfactory chest area at the three-year test dummy in the frontal test. The achieved together with the Toyota Avensis 86 % had the highest score at the test time, it was surpassed in November of the Hyundai Veloster.

  • Pedestrian: 43%

To the central region of the bumper and the hood of the vehicle body with only little protection of pedestrian. With a planned for 2012 streamlined rating the vehicle would thus receive a total of only four stars. Time of testing, the manufacturer varied between 26% ( C30 ) and 72 % (Ford Focus).

  • Security Assistant: 86 %

After initial rating of Gurtwarntons 2002, ESP and speed limiter are rewarded with points since 2009. Such limits the i40 on a driver- defined maximum, but the Selbiger may change. Testing the exact observance of the limits and the simplicity of his hard laying. The ESP is checked by steering robot on a test track. The thus reproduced requirements do not perform all the vehicles including the i40. Therefore, the missing point to the maximum rating in the assistance area comes from elsewhere - the lack of funds in the seat belt reminders.


The bodywork is in safety-relevant areas of high-strength steels. This made ​​Hyundai i40 adjacent to the plant. Their quality and processing efficiency in 2011 was awarded by the Frankfurt EuroCarBody Conference with the first place, just ahead of the Audi A6 and the Mercedes B-Class. The award is considered the most prestigious in the body (see safety).

The panoramic view from the car 's segment common criticism will find the highly -faceted rear window and its framing C-pillars. Parking sensors are standard in some places (eg Austria ), but will always be well placed when ordering. In the higher Features an automatic steering is additionally ordered that maneuvers the car backwards into parking spaces along the road. Such across the carriageway dominates in the mid 2011, only the VW Passat ( Park Assist 2.0).

By vehicle width and legroom available space WOULD generous in both series. However, in the rear of the side support is minimal, however, front upholstered comfortable and stop giving. Like all seats of the segment also received this a good rating from ADAC. For an additional charge, all spaces can be heated, cooled front also. A lumbar support is, however, available only for the driver, when you buy the electrical adjustment then also store the seat position. Its seat moves before disembarking back automatically, which more people more legroom granted, on request, can be disabled in the onboard computer but. With an optional SmartKey can unlock the doors by pressing a button in the grips of the driver and passenger door; thus equipped car to be started with a start button.

In the case of the standard fog lights an extra bulb is integrated, which lights up when driving and after turning back ausdimmt ( static cornering light). The optional xenon headlamps follow against other active charge of the steering wheel to brighten the interior curve. The dipped beam switched on, an optional light sensor ambient light according to on or off. The manual light operation wandered from the turn signal lever next to the steering wheel to the valve to the usual arrangement for German manufacturers. The LED strip in the headlights as standard. Not available is a High-Beam Assist, which automatically activates the broader light at normal speeds trunk road and off when it gets oncoming traffic. The recognition algorithm such wizard is not yet, however, model- related maturity.

Optionally contains the Combi version on rails sliding eyelets and a rod for securing the load. This is stored as well and can therefore be fixed diagonally. The same offer VW Passat and Skoda Superb, Toyota Avensis at only without the cross bar, but as an option anywhere. The i40 charge is covered by a blind and a partition net, which can be expanded separately. The former showed in some vehicles trouble rolling up, but disappeared after a replacement. The tailgate swings to 1.85 meters, requires the last few centimeters but emphatically because of weak shock absorbers. Their low resistance simplified for closing. The backrest gives flipped a rising and not quite variable loading area. The roof carries loads of 100 kg and falls towards the rear from, but not significantly reduced so that the "very good" Reviewed by ADAC volume. The tailgate can be operated electrically optional from 2012, the sill is the second lowest in the segment. With 60 cm to match the VW Passat, Ford Mondeo, Skoda Superb and Mazda 6 Under messenger it is from Laguna Grand Tour with 58 centimeters.

The body has a drag coefficient of 0.29 am and 0.28 am Combined notchback.


The engine range of the i40 is completely different from that of the Hyundai Sonata. The motors range from 85 kW (115 hp) to 130 kW (177 hp) and have a capacity of up to 2 liters. The strongest version is a 2.0 -liter GDI engine with 130 kW, which also brings km with 156 g / the highest CO2 emissions of the vehicle with them. While the Sonata is available with a gasoline hybrids, Hyundai is planning the first diesel hybrid, the Group for the i40 to 2012. The projected fuel consumption is 3 liters per 100 km.

Automatic is available only for those in more powerful version. All vehicles are equipped as standard with a hill-start assist. Optional features the electronic parking brake, Lane Keeping Assist and nine airbags and Smart Parking Assist System ( see second paragraph) are available.

Both diesel engines are also available as "blue 1.7 CRDi " with the start -stop system ISG. The "blue drive" package consists of a start -stop system, low rolling resistance tires, an adaptive alternator and costs 400 Euro.

Lens produces the i40 diesel at 130 km / h 68 dB (A) decibels more than the best in class with 67 db ( A) in Honda Accord, Mazda 6 and VW Passat. This is helped by the higher ratio of the measured 136- hp model. In 6th gear at 120 km / h speed is 2000 min-1 instead of the 2500 revolutions the 116 - PS version. A measurement of the petrol models did not take place. The heating power was previously only measured in the diesel. It lies at the bottom of the diesel-driven middle class. Compared with the fastest (Renault Laguna ) require the i40 five minutes longer to heat from -10 ° C to 22 ° C, a total of approximately 19 minutes.