• Mar 2, 2011
2012 Hyundai i40 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Geneva has been quite a show for big, handsome wagons, from the stonking Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG to the shapely Saab 9-5 Sportcombi, there's been a kinschlepper for every taste and budget. Adding to the variety is Hyundai's new i40 estate, and it, too, is a looker.

Boasting the same sharply rising character line as the Sonata sedan upon which it's based, the i40 nevertheless has a more traditional nose, with a smaller grille and headlamps that look more like those from the Sonata Hybrid. Overall, the front aesthetic lurks somewhere between the Elantra and an embiggened Veloster, but either way, it's all Hyundai and it's an attractive piece.

Hyundai is quick to note that the i40 was developed in Rüsselsheim, Germany, with the European market firmly in mind, and it will be The Continent's first crack at the model range when it hits dealers later this year. A sedan variant will follow, but it's not known if it will look like the North American YF Sonata sedan, or if it will adopt this car's front clip.

Similarly, we know that more than a few executives within Hyundai of America want to see a two-box Sonata come to the States, but it isn't yet clear if a business case has been made for the shapely load-lugger. Here's hoping...




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      • 3 Years Ago
      Slick as snot. I like this almost better than the Sonata itself. Almost.
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is about the 10 Autoblog love fest article on this car.

      WHY?
        • 3 Years Ago
        I'm guessing they like it?
      • 3 Years Ago
      Someday, I'll understand wagons....
      genes55chevy
      • 3 Years Ago
      they justy have to build it for U.S. Also an El Camino tyype so we can have a light duty P.U. which gest good mileage and perfoms well.PLEASE
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks like a sleeker Venza, but obviously a different type of vehicle. i like it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Yet another car inspired by Ford's Kinetic design!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Ford and Hyundai developed their design languages about the same time. Check out the history of concept vehicles for both.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not so bad at all, but I still think it'd be more appropriate to call it Elantra Wagon than Sonata Wagon solely based on its looks
      • 3 Years Ago
      Hideous
        • 3 Years Ago
        M3rock

        The incessant droning is no worse than what you shill on and on about Toyota (or for that matter, your incessant complaints about posters posting positive comments about Hyundai).

        At least the talk is about products that is a bit more exciting to talk about than the Corolla/Matrix, Camry, Yaris, Avalon, etc.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Autoblog has nice things to say about 90% of the cars it reports on. If you're only noticing those comments when they're about Hyundais, then that says more about you than it does Autoblog.
        • 3 Years Ago
        The front has too much going on. Of course that doesn't stop AB from writing a glowing appreciation for it.

        "Hyundai's new i40 estate, and it, too, is a looker."

        "it's all Hyundai and it's an attractive piece."

        "the shapely load-lugger. Here's hoping..."

        Four paragraphs, and the end of three of three of them say the same thing. I think it's kind of sad, really, how much AB is in love with Hyundai. The front looks like a fish with its mouth open! The side looks like a squat Mazda CX-x. The Sonata is NOT a pretty car, it's just different. But AB doesn't care, it's in luuuuv.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Oh look, commenters are attacking the messenger instead of acknowledging what's written. Yay!

        BTW nice comment on the dentistry. It seriously does look like that angler fish from Finding Nemo.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Now you know BD2 isn't going to just let you share your opinions about Hyundai or KIA. BD2 has to jump in and defend his employeer's products by insulting you.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's just an incessant drone everytime something Hyundai comes up. It's on the order of bias, not journalism. I suppose I expect too much from a blog. My bad. Some praise is ok, but really...every paragraph ends the same way. That's not even good blogging.
        • 3 Years Ago
        It looks like a pre-pubescent child wearing orthodontic headgear.
        • 3 Years Ago
        how dare autoblog have an opinion!
        • 3 Years Ago
        Looks like an R Class on the irregulars rack in the outlet store.

        Blogging requires haste and shortcuts, but Autoblog writers do play a little too fast and loose, nailing their opinion onto their reporting with a hammer, and using more nails than needed. Just a few more "We thinks" or "We like it" and a few less "it is pretty" would be less grating and more respectable.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The new Hyundai designs remind me of a women who wears too much make-up and accessories with no friends willing to tell her when to stop. Every design element fighting for attention. But this time, it's an over-accessorized Mercedes-Benz R-Class.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Hyundai faces are like Tammy Faye Baker and her jewelry and makeup addiction
        • 3 Years Ago
        @invis

        Kinda like your brain and comments, huh?

        All fluff (trolling) and zero substance.
      • 3 Years Ago
      as Charlie Sheen would say... " Bring it! "
      • 3 Years Ago
      Looks exactly like an Elantra from the b-pillar forward. Are we sure this is based on a Sonata?
        • 3 Years Ago
        Got it - thank you
        • 3 Years Ago
        It's a separate model (i40) from the Sonata (i45).

        While the front fascia is very similar to that of the Elantra, it nonetheless sits on the same platform as the Sonata (albeit having smaller dimensions).

        If Hyundai brought the i40 Estate to the US as the Sonata Touring, it would be the same thing Hyundai is doing w/ the Elantra Touring (i30) - which is quite diff. from the Elantra sedan.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I've been waiting for an excuse to get a Hyundai...looks like this is it!

      If they make it in a hybrid version and black out the grille bar, they've got a car that will satisfy the tree-huggers, hot car-look fans, and gas misers in all of us...

      Can't wait!

      They've come a looooong way, baby!
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