posted 5 years ago

New Hyundai i40 Debuts in Geneva

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's the new Hyundai i40 that could be flying out of showrooms from 2012.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope, it's the new Hyundai i40 that could be flying out of showrooms from 2012. This forthcoming saloon and estate range will rival vehicles such as the masterful Ford Mondeo, so it had better have a few tricks up its exhaust to take-on that lot. One of the i40's significant virtues is likely to be value for money, as this distinctive package is expected to be considerably cheaper than many of the alternatives.

However, despite its low price the new Hyundai i40 will have a wide range of tantalising features. Whereas the exact specification is unconfirmed, the example in Geneva has a heated steering wheel, leather seats, and a fantastically accomplished entertainment system. This family mile-muncher will also be available with a 1.7-litre diesel engine, that should have emissions as low as 113g/km. That is less than an entry-level VW Polo 1.2 S.

Now, Hyundai is a Korean company but the new i40 is being designed in dear old Germany. This is to ensure it suits the European market. Germanic attention to detail should also virtually guarantee robust build quality, which is partly why Hyundai will have the confidence to market the i40 with a standard five-year manufacturer's warranty. Sounds good to me, all we need now is a hatchback version. Bring on 2012.