Search Cars for Sale

Hyundai i40 Wagon – Geneva Auto Show

March 7, 2011


The Hyundai i40 wagon – unveiled at the 2011 Geneva Auto Show – looks like what you’d get if you bred a new Hyundai Elantra with a new Hyundai Sonata, and then inflated the rear end like a balloon. Given that the i40’s European designers emulated the same striking “fluidic sculpture” design language as on those two vehicles, the result isn’t all that surprising.

Expanding on the “i” lineup that Hyundai currently offers in Europe, the i40 station wagon represents the company’s latest attempt at becoming one of the dominant players in the European market in the same way it has come to be a major force in the American market over the last few years.

Aimed at what the company is calling the accessible “modern premium” segment, Hyundai has included features in the i40 that, when it goes on sale later this year, won’t be available in any other comparable European vehicle. These include items such as heated, folding rear seats and an automatic defogging system that can sense when the windshield is starting to get foggy.

The i40 will be available with two different economical engines: a 1.7-liter diesel engine and a 2-liter gas engine. Although it will initially be available only in wagon configuration, Hyundai says a sedan version of the i40 will hit the European market later in 2011.

As the first vehicle in its segment, Hyundai has designed specifically for the European market, Hyundai is clearly targeting the i40 at a European audience. Although rumors have indicated the i40 may eventually show up in the U.S. as a Sonata wagon, Hyundai America’s Public Relations Manager, Lori Scholz, told AutoTrader that there are no “near future” plans to do so.


NICK CHAMBERS is a “next generation” car enthusiast, recognized for his green automotive coverage in Gas 2.0, The New York Times, Popular Mechanics, and In addition, he’s been syndicated in Matter Network, AP and Reuters.

Our editors are here to make car buying easier. We’ve driven, reviewed and compared thousands of cars. We’ve bought and sold more than our fair share, too. And as part of the sprawling Cox Automotive group of companies, we have exclusive access to a range of valuable data and insights. Whether you’re looking for the best car, the best deal or the best buying advice, you can trust... Read More about Autotrader

Sign up for Autotrader newsletters

The best cars and best deals delivered to your inbox

Email Address 

Where You Can Buy

Loading dealers...

Leave a Comment

Most Popular Articles

Best New Cars for 2022

Here is our list of the best new cars for 2022 (presented in alphabetical order by manufacturer).

2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid: First Look

The 2020 Hyundai Sonata Hybrid jumps to the head of the hybrid class.

Best Car Deals: December 2022

This month's best new car deals include several attractive offers for qualified shoppers.

Search By Style

More Articles Like This