Tony O'Kane | Jun 22, 2012

Hyundai Australia has announced the arrival of the i40 sedan, expanding its range of mid-sized passenger cars to three distinct models.

The i45 has been on the market longest, while the i40 Tourer launched here in 2011. Now, the i40 sedan provides the i45 with a slightly smaller, slightly sportier sibling - a model strategy similar to Honda's twinning of the Accord and Accord Euro.

In comparison to the i45, the i40 has a marginally shorter wheelbase and places greater emphasis on style and equipment levels, with its European-designed interior and exterior exuding a more modern feel.

The i40 sedan is also tuned to deliver a sportier ride than the comfort-oriented i45. The i40 also has the advantage of being available with both diesel and petrol engines.


Mechanical Package

Under the skin, the i40 sedan's mechanicals are mostly the same as the current i40 Tourer.

The base engine is a 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated petrol four cylinder, which produces 131kW of power and 214Nm of torque.

Mated to either a six-speed manual (i40 Active only) or a six-speed automatic, the 2.0 petrol returns an average fuel consumption figure of 6.8 l/100km in manual guise, or 7.7 l/100km in the range-topping i40 Premium automatic

For an extra $2600, all models in the i40 range can be optioned with a 1.7 litre turbodiesel four-pot.

Peak power for the diesel comes in at 100kW, while torque tops out at 330Nm for the manual (again, only available on the i40 Active grade) and 320Nm for the automatic.

Suspension is the same MacPherson Strut front and multi-link rear set up as the i40 Tourer, however Hyundai has re-calibrated the spring and damper rates to further refine the i40's handling. The same revisions will be applied to the i40 Tourer later this year.



The entry-level i40 Active sedan is equipped with a leather-trimmed gear knob and steering wheel, dusk-sensing headlamps, daytime running lamps, an electronic parking brake, front and rear parking sensors, keyless entry, one-touch triple turn indicators, cruise control, Bluetooth, a USB audio input, a trip computer and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.

Stability control, traction control, ABS, EBD and brake assist are standard too, as are nine airbags and anti-whiplash front headrests. The Active is fitted with 16-inch alloy wheels, and gets a full-size spare wheel.

The mid-grade i40 Elite sedan adds 17-inch alloys, along with dual-zone climate control, sat nav, a reversing camera, rain-sensing wipers, leather upholstery, a powered driver's seat, foglamps and a push-button ignition.

At the top of the range, the i40 Premium gets everything featured in the Active and Elite, and also scores leather door trim, alloy pedals, a panoramic glass roof, power folding mirrors, body-hugging fron sports seats (both powered), front and rear heated seats, ventilated front seats, HID headlamps and 18-inch alloy wheels.



The 2012 Hyundai i40 sedan range is on sale now with a five years/unlimited kilometres warranty as standard.

i40 Sedan





2.0-litre Nu GDI petrol engine with six-speed manual transmission

$ 29,990*



1.7-litre U-II CRDi turbo diesel engine with six-speed manual transmission

$ 32,590*



2.0-litre Nu GDI petrol engine with six-speed automatic transmission

$ 31,990*

$ 36,990*

$ 41,990*

1.7-litre U-II CRDi turbo diesel engine with six-speed automatic transmission

$ 34,590*

$ 39,590*

$ 44,590*

Metalic/mica paint option





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