Hyundai i40 Tourer 1.7 Style
Hyundai has made a name for itself as the go-to manufacturer for motorists who want extremely well equipped cars for a super low price. Take this car, the Hyundai i40 Tourer 1.7 Style, for example - German cars such as the BMW 3-Series Touring at the low end of the range skip on any luxury, but this Hyundai has power folding mirrors, satellite navigation, cruise control, climate control, and automatic headlights to boot. Amazingly, this version of the i40 is the second to lowest in the range.
And it's not just that which makes Hyundai such a great car manufacturer. They currently make cars that are really good to drive and for families, cars such as the i40 Tourer are ideal.
Let's start with boot space. This car has it an abundance. You get 553-litres that can be extended to 1,719-litres by folding the rear seats flat, which is more than you get in a 3-Series Touring (495-litres)and Audi A4 Avant (490-litres). In fact, it's more than you get from the Mazda 5 Tourer (506-litres).
Inside, this car also has more cup holders and cubby spaces than you can shake a stick at. As you would expect, there is also tons of space in the rear and up front there's more than enough room for those lucky enough to stand upwards of 6 ft 3.
Out on the road the i40 Tourer, like the saloon version, is designed for comfort. It glides over rough surfaces and potholes like they aren't even there and the seats are extremely well designed and supportive. The 1.7 CRDi engine in this car has 134 bhp and 240 lb /ft of torque, which is more torque than you get from one of the VAG 2.0 TDIs. As such, this car has lots of flexibility in-gear, and it makes short work of motorways.
There is one problem with the way this car drives though. It doesn't have much feel. The throttle response is sharp enough, but the steering to devoid of any feedback and because the suspension is so soft, it feels as though you're driving on a cloud. It was always going to be a tough ask to balance comfort with feel, and in my opinion Hyundai has some way to go to perfecting this.
Of course, any test drive will let you know whether this works for you.
The i40 Tourer looks good though. It suits the extra length nicely the i40 and it's rather unique looking, unlike the current crop of Audi's which all look the same.
The Hyundai i40 Tourer isn't the only family car that blends comfort and equipment, though. The Mazda 6 Tourer, this cars biggest competitor, does too.