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Hyundai i40 Elite CRDi Sedan (2012)

by John Ewing,reviewed December 2012

Hyundai’s i40, originally released as a wagon, now has a sedan sibling. It’s available in three specification levels and a choice of petrol or turbo-diesel engines.
After nearly 1500 km behind the wheel, the majority of which was extended touring through country NSW, it was hard to find much to criticise in our mid-specification Elite test car.

Standard equipment and safety features impress and include a reversing camera that displays in the 7” touch screen navigation system. The leather-trimmed seats proved comfortable, enduring well even during a full day’s motoring. Unlike the driver’s seat, the front passenger doesn’t benefit from lumbar or cushion tilt adjustability.

The turbo-diesel is ideally mated to a standard six-speed auto. Performance is solid, while cruising at highway speeds is effortless, and it feels smooth and refined while doing it. A little extra muscle for passing would be good, but response is still satisfactory.

Fuel economy is impressive too. We turned in 5.9 litres/100 km in sustained high (legal) speed highway and country running. Better should be easily achievable. Ride and handling have a distinctly European flavour, benefiting road manners. Cabin space is good and the boot cavernous, though the old-fashioned hinges intrude into load space.

Hyundai’s stylish i40 Elite CRDi sedan is an easy to live with and competent all-rounder and, if you owned one, we reckon you’d be happy.
Hyundai i40 Elite CRDi Sedan 2012


Equipment, economy, comfort


Boot hinges intrude, large internal load lip in boot

Key features

Dual front climate control, 17” alloys, alarm, navigation, reversing camera, front/rear park sensors, bluetooth with streaming, power driver’s seat, leather trim


Dual front/front and rear outer side/curtain/driver’s knee airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS), brake assist (BA), electronic stability/traction control (ESC)

Car Details

Vehicle make Hyundai
Vehicle model i40 Elite CRDi Sedan
Vehicle type Medium Under $50,000
Year 2012
Price when new $39,590 (auto) MLP
Current price range $ - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Engine 1.7-litre, DOHC, common-rail, turbo-diesel 4-cyl
Max power 100 kW @ 4000 rpm
Max torque 320 Nm @ 2000/2500 rpm
Economy ADR 6.0 litres/100 km
Emissions rating
3 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.