The Hyunda i40 Tourer.
ROADTEST FACT FILE
Car...Hyundai i40 Tourer
Model... Style 1.7 CRDi 36PS auto
Mpg (comb cycle)...47.1mpg
Loaned by Wight Motors, Sandown
SOMETIMES it’s hard to persuade people that journalism is a real job.
Take road tests, for example. To drive around the Island all weekend, putting a flashy new car through its paces.
This is never onerous but with the Hyunda i40 Tourer, it was even more pleasant than usual.
As I have written before, one’s popularity soars as friends and family clamour to be driven in style.
Not surprisingly, after collecting the car from the charming Mike Taylor at Wight Motors, I found myself driving from Ryde to Yarmouth one damp evening.
On board were a couple of foodie friends, who had jumped at the chance to go for a drive.
Keen to dine at the George Hotel, they treated me, in return for my services as chauffeur: a win-win arrangement if ever there was one.
We got off to a good start. Mr Foodie, a gentle giant, stepped into the back, exclaiming: "Blimey, there’s acres of room!"
Meanwhile Ms Foodie, a designer by trade, enthused about the sleek, tapered exterior.
There were plenty of up-to-the-minute gadgets to keep everyone entertained en route, including touch-screen satnav and Bluetooth.
The i40 provided a ride smooth as creme caramel. Handling was light as a souffle and road-holding as sticky as treacle.
I managed to maintain my dedication and conscientiousness throughout the weekend, racking up 200 miles by taxi-ing teenagers. Seven passengers in total remarked on the i40’s soft seats, sophisticated looks and high-tech gadgets.
The rear camera was a talking point and made reverse parking a doddle.
On treacherous Burnt House Lane, the ABS system meant I could brake sharply but safely for a suicidal red squirrel.
But the highlight of the i40 was the powerful acceleration from the 1.7-litre engine and six-speed auto transmission.
Handing the car back to Mike on Monday morning was the most difficult task of the gruelling working weekend.
Nice work if you can get it.