Hyundai i40 Review
Aggressive and StylishSunday, November 17, 2013
The South Korean manufacturer Hyundai is soon going to launch its D-segment sedan car i40 in India. As of now, the i40 is available in Europe only. Hyundai i40 has dimensions as 4740mm in length, 1815mm in width and 1470mm in height with a wheel base of 2770mm. It is available with two fuel options petrol and diesel. It has two petrol and two diesel engines. The petrol engine variants are 1.6 GDI Gamma and 2.0 GDI Nu DOHC engines with dual CVVT. The 1.6 GDI Gamma engine makes 1591cc of displacement. The power output of this engine is 133 bhp at 6300 rpm and the maximum torque generated is 165 Nm at 4850 rpm.
This engine has a top speed of 197 kmph. The Nu 2.0 GDI engine makes 1999cc of displacement thus generating 176 bhp of power at 6500 rpm and maximum torque of 214 Nm at 4700 rpm. Top speed of this engine variant is 212 kmph. The diesel engine variants are U2 1.7 low and U2 1.7 high DOHC engine. Both the engines make same displacement of 1685cc. The power generated by the U2 low engine is 113.6 bhp at 4000 rpm and the maximum torque produced is 260 Nm ranging between 1250-2750 Nm. It reaches a top speed of 192kmph. The U2 1.7 high engine generates power of 135 bhp at 4000 rpm and the maximum torque of 320Nm at 2500rpm.
It has a top speed of 201kmph. The McPherson strut is used in front axle while the multi-link suspension system is used in rear axle. Its fuel tank capacity is 70 litres. All the variants have 6-speed manual transmission with gear change indicator. The U2 1.7 high and Nu 2.0 GDI engine variants are also available in 6-speed automatic transmission with sports mode and paddle shift option. It is equipped with voice recognition navigation system that guides throughout the city and supports Bluetooth connections. Its inbuilt music system comes with 6 speakers and supports CD, Mp3, USB, Aux and AM/FM with RDS.
The mounted controls on the steering wheels allow easy control over the music without taking hands off the wheel. The fully automatic dual zone air conditioner of this sedan allows individual temperature controls for the driver and the passenger. It also allows cooling of the glove box compartment. The auto defogger of this sedan detects the condensation and starts the defogging cycle. The front and rear seats are provided with warmers with heating elements in the cushions of the seats. The front seats are also air ventilated. The i40 allows auto cruise control with speed limit function having controls on the steering wheel. With the smart key of i40, the doors unlock while key in the pocket and the engine can be started with the push of a button.
The smart parking assist system allows the perfect parking with the help of rear camera and sensors that detects the obstacles in between. The handbrake in this car is replaced by a finger brake that engages with the push of a button. Hyundai i40 has specially designed robust body that absorbs the impact of the crash thus securing driver and the passenger. Its headlamps have adaptive front lighting system that swivel in the direction of the steering. The LKAS (lane keeping assist system) gives and audible alert when changing lane without indicator and actively corrects the steering. The VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) maintains the directional safety under the sudden braking or rapid acceleration condition. The Electronic Stability Program (ESP) applies brake control to individual wheels in split second and reduces the engine speed if the car is about to go out of control.
The hill start assist control (HAC) prevents the vehicle from rolling backwards. This sedan is provided with up to nine airbags that reduces the chances of injuries to the occupant of the vehicle. The driver seat allows 10-way electric adjustment with memory function and lumbar support for comfortable ride. It is available with four types of wheels 16-inch steel wheels, 16-inch alloy wheels, 17-inch alloy wheels and 18-inch alloy wheels. It is available in twelve colors named Titanium Silver Metallic, Stone Grey Metallic, Creamy White Solid, Sleek Silver Metallic, Eco Beige Metallic, White Crystal Pearl, Blue Jade Metallic, Blue Spirit Pearl, Blue Passion Pearl, Red Awesome Pearl, Blue Velvet Pearl and Total Black Pearl.