Parkers overall rating: 4 out of 5 4.0

Aimed squarely at the fleet market, Hyundai i40 performance varies because of the wide range of power sources available. The i40 line-up consists of one diesel engine with two power outputs and one petrol engine with two power outputs. The entry level diesel is the 113bhp 1.7-litre CRDi Blue Drive diesel. It will get from zero to 62mph in 12.9 seconds and it has a top speed of 119mph.

The more powerful 134bhp 1.7-litre CRDi diesel in style trim model is likely to be the most popular version of the i40. Right through the rev range the i40 has plenty of power but it still takes 10.3 seconds to complete the benchmark sprint. The Hyundai i40 does feel slow and if you are overtaking slower traffic then you will need to plan ahead and drop down a gear or two.

There are two petrol engines on offer. Both are the 1.6 GDi with 133bhp but one uses the Blue Drive technology (including stop/start, low-rolling resistance tyres and improved alternator management systems) to cut emissions. All cars come with a six-speed manual gearbox that delivers positive shifts. Automatic transmission is available as a cost option.

The Ford Mondeo still sits proudly at the top of the class when it comes to fun. The Hyundai i40 is not as engaging as the Mondeo but pit it against the Peugeot 508 and the VW Passat and the i40 is on a par with these rivals. The steering is fairly well weighted but there is not enough feedback and enthusiasts will not feel as involved as you would when driving a Ford Mondeo.

The steering is speed sensitive - the slower you drive the lighter the steering. It’s really useful when in cramped city streets and especially handy when parking. Body lean is minimal and the front end of the car has plenty of grip when cornering enthusiastically.