The updated version looks almost like a different car – a modern, elegant, stylish. Well, this is the class designers, and worked on Hyundai i40 artists from different countries. Moreover, in addition to aesthetic aspects, they were able to improve such an important figure as the drag coefficient of the body, reducing it from 0.28 to 0.27. It would seem a trifle, but the noise level and fuel consumption improved.
Of course, there are a number of innovations in the cabin. First of all, talking about media in the Hyundai i40 is now installed new-generation audio system with USB slot and AUX, with a color 4.3-inch touchscreen display, which is in the upper trim levels also paired with rear-view camera. It should be noted, and higher quality interior materials and trim steering wheel selector lever and the armrest between the front seats. Another point, especially accented Koreans – increased comfort for the rear passengers. Here, in particular, we are talking about a folding armrest in the sofa, where you can keep and drink, and, say, a small note pad.
The latter, apparently, should emphasize this focus sedan on business passengers. But clearly recognize it as such, I still not ready: among the competitors in the segment have cars on the second row where spacious (especially the knees) and the seats are comfortable. Therefore, the “Korean” I would rather be treated or how successful family car (go with the children in it at the time), or as a universal corporate model capable of solving a variety of tasks – to carry middle managers, to meet guests at the airport in the company (to which a and a capacious 505-liter boot), to carry out those or other transportation. Incidentally, in this case, I recommend to pay attention to the Hyundai i40 wagon version. Korean linkers have thought a niche under the floor of the luggage compartment, organizer for special luggage, make adjustments back sofa backrest tilt, and even offer the option of automatic opening of the fifth door – it just need to get closer with the key in your pocket (although this car must have the option Smart Key).
In regard to the technical things, talking about any major changes in the design of the machine is not going. Although their expected primarily in suspension: many journalists and customers from Russia have been suggestions to improve the chassis – reducing unsprung mass vibration, make slightly more energy-intensive suspension cushion the blows on the wheel while passing pits and “speed bumps.”
Apparently, these improvements Koreans have postponed “for later”, is now concentrating on the engine and transmission. However, there is not much news, too. Perhaps the only, albeit substantial: changing scale aggregate base sedans due to a 1.7-liter diesel engine, which develops 141 hp and 340 Nm of torque, which is combined with a 7-speed robotized gearbox 7DCT with two dry clutches (by the way, own development of Korean companies). This engine was replaced by 178-horsepower petrol engine and is now offered in addition to the already familiar “aspirated” in volume of 1.6 and 2 liters, capable of 135 to 165 “horses”, despite the fact that none of them comes close to a diesel engine for value of torque (204 Nm in a maximum 2-liter).
I mainly focus precisely on diesel sedan, train for comparing and driving a gasoline car. Speaking about the road performance, I can say: no significant change (in general, it is clear) did not happen. On the one hand, Hyundai i40, as before, do not bother you buildup, banks are rather moderate, responsive steering. Where smooth asphalt, the car goes smoothly, softly, but in a bad way, you’ll often remember those migrant workers who lay asphalt against all the rules and technology – the car in good faith reports about almost all flaws track, suspension and sometimes even close to breakdown.
Dual impression on the motors. Thus, the 150-horsepower 2-liter engine in the city and on the highway seems to be quite good – it is enough for traffic lights, when overtaking, but the dynamics and can not be called spurt, rather it is like a runner-stayer who picks up speed gradually. But diesel version, you understand – business sedan Hyundai can be very hazardous. The powerful thrust over a very wide rpm range, driveability and excellent work in tandem with “robot”. Korean analogue folksvagenovskoy DSG quickly shuffle ranges are not confused in the programs even when the abrupt change of pace, does not vibrate. And the diesel is very quiet – in the cabin it virtually inaudible. However, here it is necessary to say that the model could improve sound insulation in general: additional sound-absorbing materials Korean engineers have placed in the wheel arches and the engine compartment, so that the noise level has decreased from 46 to 43 decibels.
Finally, a few words about the system Drive Mode. Switching her button, the driver can select the mode drive – standard, Eco or Sport. In the last few exacerbated reaction to the pedal “gas”, it becomes a little harder and faster action wheel gearbox. Basic mode is also quite good, while the cost is clearly designed for travel or hasteless unhurried movement on Human Settlements. He, of course, saves fuel.
We know that innovation can be both with a “plus” and a “minus”. In particular, almost always after modernization more expensive cars – impact technical innovations improving the quality of finishing options.
As an advantageous inherited from the previous version of the machine can be considered and a number of other factors. In particular, it is a proprietary 5-year warranty, special financial products (credit and insurance) and a very large variety of options where there is steering wheel heating and cooling glove box, access to the interior and start the engine without a key, memory and seat ventilation, panoramic roof, paddle “petals”, a rearview camera, nine airbags … Perhaps with an arsenal of “Korean” and may actually keep the title of one of the best-selling segment, putting in the development of its success is not the point, but only a comma.