Hyundai i40 tyres
For Hyundai, a huge amount was riding on the launch of the i40 in 2011. This car was released with the hope of shaking up the executive car market as much as Hyundai’s smaller cars have done in the hatchback and supermini market sectors. Taking on the likes of the Ford Mondeo is something which Korean firms had tried before. Without any notable exception, they had failed miserably at each attempt.
Like any new Hyundai, the i40 comes with a lengthy list of standard equipment, most of which is only available at an extra cost – if at all – on many of its rivals. In the rare event that anything does go wrong, buyers can rely on a warranty which, coming as it does from Hyundai, is as long as it is comprehensive. The i40 offers great fuel economy and pricing, something which has made it a popular choice of Fleet managers, and it feels composed and stable to drive. It may be devoid of any notion of character but it also lacks any sense of impending drama. These qualities make it a sensible choice of car in a market sector in which badge snobbery plays more of a role than many will be prepared to admit.
As is common with most Hyundai cars, Hankook and Nexen tyres are the usual original equipment specification. Rather like the i40 itself, these are perfectly capable tyres which may lack badge appeal but make up for that with competitive pricing and an ability to do the job well. As such, and since the i40 is still a relatively new car, these factory-fitted tyres are the obvious starting point in new tyre choice for this car.
Hankook’s Kinergy Eco tyres are designed with a focus on low fuel consumption, as their name would suggest, and they are known for delivering on that promise. Indeed they were recently awarded ‘Best Buy’ status by the Consumer Association’s Which magazine. They are fitted by Hyundai to many versions of the i40. Since they combine good ratings for both wet grip and fuel economy, they’ll suit this car well. Our advice would therefore be that there’s no good reason not to stick with them if they are already fitted to your i40.
Hankook also produces the Ventus range, known for durability and longevity. They make a good ‘all-rounder’ in terms of replacement tyres, with good rather than great ratings for both fuel economy and wet grip. That said, they are often competitively-priced and offer a lot of quality relative to their costs. Again, if these are fitted to your i40 then there’s plenty to be said for replacing a worn or damaged tyre on a like-for-like basis.
Hyundai also works closely with tyre manufacturer Nexen. The i40’s standard wheel size is 16 inches. However, on the larger 17-inch and 18-inch alloy wheels fitted to premium specification i40’s, Nexen tyres are usually factory-fitted. Road noise can be a problem when these cars are equipped with this wheel and tyre combination. To place all the blame for that at Nexen’s door would be unreasonable, though. Low-profile tyres will always differ in performance to the more normal versions. Nexen tyres are popular across the Hyundai range and they’re a good match for sportier versions of the i40.