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Hyundai i40 station wagon and Audi A4 Avant in the test: cheap versus expensive

Hans-Dieter Seufert
Hyundai i40 station wagon versus Audi A4 Avant in the test
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For a long time the Audi A4 did not exactly cause a stir in the editorial office. Since the end of 2007, it has mastered the a uto motor und sport tests in all variants and practically stuck to it - except for a few details about the 2012 facelift unchanged. It's slowly getting to know him inside and out, one or the other colleague said.

Hyundai i40 station wagon costs 5,000 euros less

Now, shortly before the replacement, has that changed. Now the A4 receives extra praise especially for its maturity. Especially since in the comparison tests he still manages to show even very fresh competitors where the hammer is. But does that justify its relatively high price? Or is there something comparable for less money in the middle class?

The Hyundai i40 station wagon, for example, is not only a bit larger and offers more space, but also costs over 5,000 euros less than the A4. Even if the style variant comes with things like heated seats, cruise control, parking sensors and multifunction steering wheel as standard. In the Attraction baseline of the Audi, everything costs extra.

Conversely, the Audi offers almost endless possibilities for customization. In a long catalog, Audi lists optional equipment that can often be ordered individually. Those interested in the Korean shouldn't be so picky. On the one hand, the extras are almost exclusively available in packages, on the other hand, the selection is much sparse.

Hyundai i40 station wagon with 553 liters of cargo space

Anyone who, for example, has a hard drive for music, online services or an adaptive cruise control value, can not avoid the more expensive variant. You will also look in vain for a blind spot assistant in the Hyundai i40 station wagon. Another plus point for the Audi: Many models are available with all-wheel drive. Anyone who uses their car as a towing vehicle will appreciate this advantage. In addition, there is the more extensive arsenal of safety features and even better light.

The Hyundai i40 station wagon comes even closer to the classic station wagon virtues of space and utility. Both counterparties deliver convincing suitability for everyday use with a system of rails and belts for securing loads, a split folding rear seat backrest and a through-loading option. There is more space in the i40, which is seven centimeters longer. For one is hisThe trunk with 553 liters capacity is larger than in the A4 (490 liters), on the other hand it is three centimeters wider at the level of the rear seat, which means that three adults can also sit in the rear.

In the long run, however, they travel more comfortably in the Audi, front and rear. No matter where you get into the A4, you can feel and feel the high quality and the high-quality workmanship immediately. Recommended: the sports seats in front. A suitable seating position can be found in the fine detent in a few simple steps, and they are also shaped to be suitable for long journeys.

A4 with clear advantages in infotainment

In the Hyundai i40 station wagon, the driver's seat comes with an electric adjustment, but even after pressing the buttons a lot, you sit too high and bump your legs against the sweeping dashboard. Similar problems also plague the passenger. Rear passengers, on the other hand, want a slightly steeper rear seat back with more lateral support. The driver also constantly gets the feeling that something is hidden from him. The dynamically shaped body blocks the view in many places, and even large SUVs sometimes disappear behind the wide, flat A-pillars.

Infotainment for little money There are also differences in operation. Although the on-board computer in the A4 with its many submenus in the MMI system is sometimes a bit dodgy, it is quite a bit ahead of the Hyundai i40 station wagon when it comes to infotainment offerings. The online Google search in combination with voice control provides good services. In addition, mobile phones can be connected quickly and easily.

Inexpensive sat nav in the Hyundai

Compared to the surprisingly contemporary one Audi, the Hyundai i40 station wagon looks a bit old-fashioned. Its numerous buttons are large, partly hidden, scattered across the cockpit, so that some of them only find each other by chance. At least they are sorted by subject area, so that the operation is acceptable after a short familiarization. Another advantage of the Hyundai is that it has things like USB and Bluetooth interfaces or automatic air conditioning as standard.

The navigation system in the hyundai i40 station wagon costs 1,500 euros extra, which is a few hundred euros less than in the Audi. However, the money is well invested there. The better-resolution navigation maps and the faster and more precise system justify the additional price.

Hyundai i40 estate car - diesel with starting weakness

Is it all a matter of taste and not essential for a car? After all, is it primarily for driving and not just for infotainment? Right. And that's exactly why the two-liter diesel Avant is worth its extra price compared to the Hyundai i40 Kombi 1.7 CRDi, the TDI alone justifies a lot of difference in euros. Both diesel engines make 136 hp, the Audi isHowever, they are ready from 3,000 revolutions, with the Hyundai 1,000 tours later. The Audi has 320 Newton meters of torque from 1,500 revs, and thus also earlier than the 330 Newton meters of the Hyundai.

Paper form or not - it counts on the road. And the Hyundai i40 station wagon receives criticism as soon as you drive off. As long as the engine is cold, it dies if the big toe twitches the clutch pedal just a little too quickly.

Once the starting weakness has been overcome, the Hyundai i40 station wagon pushes heavily understeer through fast corners, and also with He gives himself up to noticeable swaying movements at normal country road speed. The relatively harsh ESP and the indirect, callous steering do not improve the driving experience.

Hyundai fails because of the Euro 6 standard

You feel much safer in the Audi. Its steering provides precise feedback, which supports precise driving. The A4 remains manageable in the limit area and impresses with sensitive ESP coordination and low body movements. Its suspension is firm, but irons out bumps reliably and calmly.

That leaves the issue of consumption. The 2.0 TDI in the Audi, which is marked with the Ultra label, is said to be particularly economical and, with 7.0 liters per 100 kilometers, remains 0.6 liters below the consumption of the 1.7 CRDi Blue in the Hyundai i40 estate. The addition of urea in the A4 means a minimally higher maintenance requirement, but with it the two-liter meets the Euro 6 standard, the Hyundai diesel, however, does not.

Although the Hyundai i40 station wagon doesn’t get a really bad result on balance , the price differences are clearly noticeable in most points. It remains a tip for those looking for space who value good facilities. The slightly smaller Audi impresses with solid, mature performance. So we're curious to see if his successor can do some things even better this year.


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