Hyundai i40 Saloon Details Revealed

Hyundai i40 Saloon Details Revealed

Following the teasers Hyundai has revealed official details of the brand-new i40 sedan as the car goes on display at the Barcelona Motor Show in Spain.

It is basically the same as the i40 wagon only with a proper boot and same outstanding levels of fuel-efficiency, comfort, quality and safety as i40 tourer. But the sporty and chiseled profile of it makes for a cool and trendy mid-size sedan for the Europeans who are kinda bored with the European sedans!

The i40 is designed and engineered in Germany with European taste in mind and promises above the top quality and refinement, combined with Hyundai’s legendary reliability and amazing features and value. It comes with four different options for powertrain with two diesel and two petrol units.


Technical details and specs of the car in the press release below:

Design Inspiration

The i40 saloon represents the next evolution of Hyundai’s unique design language, ‘fluidic sculpture’.

The ‘fluidic sculpture’ design DNA is recognisable by flowing lines inspired by nature which combine to create a dynamic exterior, and was introduced on the Hyundai ix-onic concept car at the 2009 Geneva Motor Show.  Since this debut, ‘fluidic sculpture’ has been the design inspiration behind all new Hyundai models, such as the award-winning ix35, ix20 and Veloster.

The design concept key words for the i40 sedan are ‘fluidic sculpture’ and ‘premium wing,’ evolving from the fluidic sculpture philosophy. Hyundai designers wanted to emphasize on creating fluidic volume with a modern touch as well as a sophisticated wing-like detail.

“We have used very strong, fluid lines from front to rear to give i40 a distinctive appearance,” commented Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre.  “We wanted to move away from the typical three-box saloon and create a car that was in keeping with the sporty nature of the i40 tourer.  By sculpting a low, elongated roof line, we’ve given the i40 saloon a striking coupe-like silhouette,” Thomas Bürkle added.

The i40 saloon not only benefits from attractive styling, but also retains high levels of interior comfort, with a wheelbase measuring 2.77 metres and delivering best-in-class dimensions for front head (1025mm), shoulder (1455mm), and leg (1170mm) room.  This impressive roominess promises to give all occupants spending long periods of the time in i40 the most comfortable D-segment ride available.

“While the exterior of i40 saloon stands out for its fluidic form and distinctive appearance, the interior has been shaped to deliver practicality and comfort to the driver and passengers in a high-quality package,” Thomas Bürkle concluded.


The all-new i40 will be available with a choice of four Euro V-compliant engines: two petrol and two diesel.  These units cover a power spread of 115 ps to 177 ps, with torque delivery extended across a wide engine-speed range, making the i40 an enjoyable car to drive around town or on the motorway.  Manual and automatic transmissions will also be offered.

In a segment where diesel models represent over 75% of total sales in Europe, Hyundai is anticipating that the 1.7-litre diesel unit developing 136 ps will be the most popular engine among both private and fleet buyers.  Overall, Hyundai is expecting a 65/35% spread between diesel and gasoline-powered i40 sales.

Hyundai’s all new four-cylinder 2-litre GDI engine, called ‘Nu’, makes its debut in the i40.  It delivers higher torque for enhanced driving pleasure, improved fuel economy and reduced emissions and excellent NVH characteristics – similar to the multi-point fuel injected engine.

Equipped with GDI (gasoline direct injection) this 1,999 cc unit generates 177 ps and 213 Nm of torque, ensuring that the i40 brings a good balance between performance and fuel economy.  An i40 saloon with this engine and a six-speed manual gearbox will accelerate to 62 mph in just 9,7 seconds, record fuel economy figures of 41.5 mpg (combined cycle) and achieve a CO2 rating of just 159 g/km.

Eco credentials

In terms of environmental performance, the all-new i40 will feature the latest technologies developed under Hyundai’s Blue Drive™ eco-program, including Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG), low rolling-resistance tyres and an alternator management system (AMS).

When combined with the 1.7-litre diesel engine developing 115 ps, the inclusion of Blue Drive technology results in the i40 achieving CO2 emissions and fuel economy figures of 113 g/km and 65.7 mpg, respectively.

Hyundai has continuously highlighted its commitment to lead the way along the road to long-term environmental sustainability for the auto industry, and i40 furthers the company’s commitment to delivering models with class-leading eco-performance.

Reduced NVH (Noise Vibration Harshness)

A new acoustic package was developed for Hyundai’s diesel powered i40. NVH performance, especially the exterior drive-by noise, is dramatically improved by using experimental methods such as Reciprocal Holography (to visualise noise reduction levels at certain frequency) and ADNA (Advanced Diagnostic Network Algorithm) to rank noise sources in the order of their identified transfer paths.

The NVH package aims to provide a quieter and more comfortable driving environment for diesel vehicles.  The new acoustic package in i40 utilises materials such as air permeable carpet, sound absorbing layers for engine-room encapsulation, and textile wheel-arch liners to absorb noise sources from engine, road, and muffler, providing a 20% improvement in interior noise levels and a reduction in outside engine noise when idling (compared to an i40 without these features).

High-tech features

By offering an extensive standard specification with numerous high-tech features, the high level of equipment in the i40 promises to be one of its key attractions to potential buyers.

High-tech features include smart-parking assist and lane departure warning system, as well as connectivity items like Bluetooth® with voice recognition and full map navigation with rear view camera.  In terms of comfort and convenience, the i40 will be available with an electric parking brake, front air ventilation seats, heated and reclining rear seats, as well as new features for the segment like auto-defog system, and a heated steering wheel.

Advanced lighting innovations, such as standard day-time running lights with Xenon headlamps (optional)or a TFT(Thin Film Transistor) LCD supervision instrument cluster, will further strengthen the i40’s position as the lead model in Hyundai’s line-up and the European D-segment.


The i40 uses the latest active and passive safety technologies to ensure maximum protection for its occupants. Active safety features, fitted as standard in several countries, include ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ABS (anti-lock braking system), Hill Start Assist Control (to prevent roll-back when starting on an incline), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), Brake Assist System and Emergency Stop Signal.

In terms of passive safety, every i40 on the road in the UK will be fitted with seven airbags as standard – front, side and curtain, with driver knee airbag available as standard on all models.  Hyundai anticipates the i40 to continue the company’s excellent safety record and attain the maximum 5-star result under Euro NCAP’s impact assessment.

Technical specifications

Hyundai i40 (saloon bodystyle)

All figures are tentative – final figures will be confirmed at time of launch

Diesel engines

1.7-litre 115 ps

Type / capacity            U-II, DOHC, four-cylinder, 16-valve with HLA / 1685 cc
Power / torque 115 ps (85 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 260 Nm (26.5kgm) @ 1250-2750 rpmEmissions                    122 g/km (113 g/km when fitted with ISG)

1.7-litre 136 ps

Type / capacity            U-II, DOHC, four-cylinder, 16-valve with HLA / 1685 cc
Power / torque 136 ps (100 kW) @ 4000 rpm / 325 Nm (32,0kgm) @ 2000-2500 rpmEmissions                    124 g/km (119 g/km when fitted with ISG)

Gasoline engines

1.6-litre 135 ps

Type / capacity            Gamma GDI, four-cylinder, 16-valve with MLA / 1591 cc Power / torque 135 ps (99 kW) @ 6300 rpm / 164 Nm (16,8kgm) @ 4850 rpm

Emissions                    149 g/km (140 g/km when fitted with ISG)

2.0-litre 177 ps

Type / capacity            Nu GDI, four-cylinder, 16-valve with HLA & Swing ARM / 1999 cc Power / torque 177 ps (130 kW) @ 6500 rpm / 208 Nm (21,7kgm) @ 4700 rpm

Emissions                    156 g/km


1.7 / 115          1.7 / 136          1.6 / 135          2.0 / 177

Manual / speeds          6                      6                      6                      6
Automatic / speeds     —-                   6                      —-                   —-

Suspension & Damping

Front                           Fully independent subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, with coil springs and gas-filled shock absorbers. Anti-roll stabiliser bar.

Rear                            Fully independent subframe-mounted multi-links, coil springs and gas-filled ASD shock absorbers.


Type                            MDPS (Motor Driven Power Steering) Gearing                       2.88 turns lock-to-lock

Turning radius             5.46 metres


Front                            320 mm ventilated discs
Rear                            300 mm solid discs

Wheels & Tyres

Standard                   7,0Jx16           205/60 R16 tyres 7,5Jx17           215/50 R17 tyres

8,0Jx18           225/45 R18 tyres

Dimensions (mm)

Exterior Overall length              4740 Overall width               1815 (excluding door mirrors) Overall height              1470 Wheelbase                  2770 Front overhang              920 Rear overhang            1050 Front track                   1591

Rear track                   1597

Interior Front                Rear Head room                  1025                965

Leg room                     1170                850

Shoulder room              1455   1420

Capacities (litres)

Fuel tank                     70 l
Luggage                     503

Performance* (manual transmission)

1.7 / 115          1.7 / 136          1.6 / 135          2.0 / 177 Top speed (mph)         118                  123                  121                  130

0-to-62 mph (sec)        12.9                 10.6                 11.6                 9.7

Economy (manual transmission)

1.7 / 115          1.7 / 136          1.6 / 135          2.0 / 177 Combined mpg**         65.7 (ISG)       62.7 (ISG)       47 (ISG)          41.5

CO2 (g/km)                  122                  124                  149                  156

CO2 (g/km) with ISG   113                  119                  140                  —-

* Figures stated are manufacturer’s estimates

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