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Hyundai i40 cw, Mazda 6, VW Passat: Kombi competition from Korea

Karl-Heinz Augustin
Hyundai i40 cw, Mazda 6 station wagon and VW Passat in the test
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S self-confident The Hyundai i40 cw stands there with a pithy front and curved daytime running lights. Neatly fitted chrome elements gleam from the window frames, roof rails and door handles. 'Look at it - even a Hyundai can dress elegantly,' says a colleague, gets in and drives away.

At the latest after the heavy plop that closes the solid driver's door, it is clear: Hyundai is striving with the 4.77 meter long i40 cw for higher, also wants to rise to the top group of large family station wagons. For decades, Volkswagen has practically reserved the executive chair with its Passat Variant. The meanwhile very dignified and stately station wagon, which is only one millimeter longer and five millimeters wider than the Hyundai i40 cw, offers a lot of space and a high level of driving comfort, is reliable and available with known economical and sophisticated engines. In contrast, the Mazda 6 station wagon has established itself primarily as a dynamic, inexpensive and well-equipped 'sports station wagon'.

Hyundai i40 cw cheapest station wagon in the comparison test

Before the comparison drive starts, one more detailed look at the price lists. For the Hyundai i40 cw Style with 136 hp diesel, Hyundai charges 28,990 euros. A VW Passat Variant Comfortline 2.0 TDI with 140 hp is more than 2,500 euros more expensive at 31,575 euros, the 129 hp Mazda 6 station wagon remains in the Active version with 29,790 euros just below the 30 thousand threshold. With automatic climate control, cruise control, lane change assistant, front seat heating and Bose sound system as standard, the Mazda 6 station wagon meets most expectations, but is far exceeded by the Hyundai i40 cw. In addition to a knee airbag, alarm system, all-round parking beeper, electrically adjustable driver's seat and LED daytime running lights, the Hyundai i40 even comes with a five-year guarantee including maintenance costs paid free of charge.

The expensive VW Passat Variant is missing around 1,500 euros Extras as well as a further three years guarantee and thus important points in the cost evaluation. He collects these again in the safety chapter with very good, adaptive bi-xenon headlights and numerous optional driver assistance systems, because the competitors do not have a variable cruise control (including city emergency braking function), as well as a lane departure warning system or high beam control. Despite reliable brakes and lush airbag staffage, the Hyundai i40 cw and followMazda 6 station wagon therefore with a clear point gap.

Incomplete flat cargo space only in the Mazda 6

All the more similar are the station wagons for it when looking into the rear. With a volume of 519 (Mazda 6), 553 (i40 cw) and 603 liters (VW Passat), all three have luggage compartments that are suitable for travel, which the Hyundai i40 cw and VW Passat can also be equipped with rails and lashing systems. Both also have large compartments on the left and right of the loading area. The Mazda 6 station wagon cannot serve with this, but flattens its rear seats with a flick of the wrist, thus easily exposing a flat load space of 1,751 liters. In the Hyundai i40 cw, on the other hand, a slope is annoying, while in the Passat the rear seat elements have to be folded forward and the headrests removed.

The rear space is generously dimensioned and comfortable in all three station wagons. In addition to the Mazda 6 station wagon, there are also sufficient shelves and armrests. The rear seat backrest of the Hyundai i40 cw, which can be adjusted in two stages, can even be heated as an option - a novelty in this class and proof of how carefully Hyundai adapts to customer needs. The fact that the VW Passat Variant can still stand out in the body section is due not least to its high payload of 710 kilograms - around 150 more than its rivals.

Interior of the Hyundai i40 cw with Passat equal to

At least: In terms of material appearance and processing quality, the interior of the Hyundai i40 cw, which is finished with black piano lacquer, does not need to hide and is on a par with the exemplary solid Passat interior. The Mazda 6 station wagon, the cockpit of which is just as clear and user-friendly, looks much more rustic with its many gray hard plastic and rough edges. In addition, a navigation device for the Mazda 6 in the active version is not even available, while the easy-to-understand touchscreen systems in the VW Passat and Hyundai i40 cw impress with their easy-to-read monitors. At a price of 1,510 euros, the i40 even comes with a rear-view camera (Passat: 2,055 euros).

The fact that the Hyundai i40 cw also has deficits is shown on the joint drive. The rather tightly tuned suspension of the i40 tends to let a pothole too much through, and the smooth steering lacks precision. In addition, the pithy sounding 1.7-liter diesel only gets the 1.6-ton Hyundai i40 cw going after a noticeable weak starting point.

Driving comfort in the VW Passat Variant is exemplary

The 140 hp diesel engine of the VW Passat Variant, which is noticeably more comfortable (thanks to optional adaptive dampers), runs more powerful and much more cultivated, and it is also acoustically restrained. Its homogeneous, exact and smooth steering should be a role model for the Koreans. JustThe intermediate sprint from 80 to 120 km /h does not suit the well-balanced Passat Variant, because the Hyundai i40 cw in particular pulls away because of its long, high gears.

The Mazda 6 station wagon follows - with the highest torque (340 Nm) and a gear that can be shifted from the wrist - just behind, but impresses with its precise and direct steering and consistently firm chassis. Just a sports station wagon. This has consequences: At 7.2 liters /100 km it consumes the most, followed by the Hyundai i40 cw (seven liters) and the VW Passat Variant, which, thanks to its standard start-stop system, leaves it at a moderate 6.7 liters. A Passat Variant cannot simply be displaced from first place. But right next to it, there was still one free for the Hyundai i40 cw


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