With the i40 Hyundai takes most favorite combination, the VW Passat for the first time in Germany at. But the Koreans can be really gefдhrlich the German Variant? A comparison.
Noch a few years ago the thing was clear: Against VW Hyundai had no chance. Korean cars were okay though, the German but ьberlegen in almost all areas. This should now be different - with fresh models that are working fine and are full of new technology. The coming in September on the market i40 aims it to the Passat. Was the Vorgдnger Sonata (only as a sedan) nor a completely Korean Gewдchs, the i40 is actually a German car. Okay, he is indeed screwed together in Korea, he was drafted and developed but here in our development center in Oberursel. And there they have the Passat close look.
Ьberblick: News and tests for Hyundai i40
Video: VW Passat vs. Hyundai i40
Headwind for the Passat
While the i40 looks different, more Coupй as a combination, but the dimensions rьcken him right next to the Passat. Almost to the centimeter, the two same, just a little flatter the Koreans. Amazingly this is that under the schrдg asked Coupй tail almost as much space as behind the rather edgy Passat Rьcken. In the discipline of space so there is almost a tie. Does that also closed for the important combination criterion Variabilitдt? Answer: No. The Passat ьberzeugt with completely flat Ladeflдche (when folded forward Rьckbank-Sitzflдchen), the i40 cw only the backs can tilt, it remains an easy schrдge level. Plus points can gather with his inclination adjustment of Rьckbanklehne and slightly lower sill of the Koreans. Dafьr цffnet the tailgate at the German seven centimeters hцher, saving grцЯeren people Kopfnьsse.
Ьberblick: News and tests for VW Passat
Ьberzeugend: Material and finish are really top class in the VW Passat.
Overall, however, these are just little things that do not make the Hyundai zurьckfallen decisively behind VW. This applies ьbrigens also closed for the cockpit. Clear Ьbersicht and best Funktionalitдt in the Passat, but also the i40 lдsst be operated without problems. He is much more playful, but that may strike some even dropped below Umstдnden better than the German straightforwardness. A clear lead of Volkswagen secures clearly in materials and workmanship. This really is top class, solid, lovingly and meticulously crafted. The Hyundai can not quite keep up, although its interior ьberzeugt. The plastics valuable aspect, the chrome ornamentation is fitted clean, and nothing crackles or creaks. Priced: The Passat Estate starts with 25,775 euros (1.4 TSI with 122 hp). The i40 station wagon there are closed for 23,390 euros (1.6, 135 hp). Good 2000 euros cheaper with better facilities (including LED daytime running lights, alarm system, multifunction steering wheel with leather). Also in the extras, the Koreans have learned. So there are also closed for the i40 sorts Schnokus in the options list.
The diesel engines it is more complicated. The i40 is available from the entry-level "Comfortline" closed for 24,990 euros (85 kW), which driven by us 100 kW diesel costs as "Style" at least 28,990 euros, as version "blue" with start-stop system even 29,390 euros. And that's almost to the euro exactly the price VW Passat 2.0 TDI requires closed for its BlueMotion Technology. But then as the basic model "Trendline", the ample amenities for i40 missing. There are around 3,000 euros, which can save the i40 driver. he reaches even to the "premium" leather upholstery and xenon light, the difference erhцht even 6000 euro for comparable Passat. Remember we want the warranty. Fьnf years including all maintenance costs gegenьber two years the Passat. Thus, the price advantage of the Hyundai climbs to over 7000 euros.
Ьberblick: News and tests for Hyundai and VW
Two station wagons on Augenhцhe? Not quite, but the i40 is pretty close.
A lot of money that pays the Passat driver more, but the VW go also so much better? Answer: No. Although he rolls a little smoother, filters nearly all StraЯenunebenheiten out clean, remains exemplary quietly. But the Hyundai is not Krawallbruder. The chassis is also very comfortable, but not quite in the same class of the VW - which, however, also the splendid StoЯdдmpferregelung DCC had closed for 1,085 euros on board. Quiet Koreans also, motor and Abrollgerдusche are systematically locked out. The diesel engine does a good job, can ьberspielen the displacement disadvantage gegenьber the VW sent. Whether he reaches the promised, very low consumption values tatsдchlich, a spдterer test must show. If there is a real point of criticism when driving, it is the steering. She looks doughy, conveying no good contact with the StraЯe. Everything else ьberzeugt, Bremsgefьhl and circuit are absolutely fine. So it is at the end of a lot of small things that make the difference to trade the Hyundai i40. Whether they are worth the extra price - that every customer has to decide for themselves.
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