Engine Hyundai-Kia D4FE

The 1.6-liter Hyundai D4FE or Smartstream D 1.6 CRDi engine has been produced since 2017 and is installed on such popular concern models as the i30, i40, Ceed, Sportage or Tucson. This diesel engine exists in two different power versions: 116 hp / 280 Nm and 136 hp / 320 Nm.

The Hyundai U family also includes engines: D3FA, D4FA, D4FB, D4FC and D4FD.

The engine was installed on:

  • Hyundai i30 3 (PD) since 2017;
  • Hyundai i40 1 (VF) in 2018 – 2019;
  • Hyundai Tucson 3 (TL) in 2018 – 2020; Tucson 4 (NX4) since 2020;
  • Hyundai Kona 1 (OS) since 2018;
  • Kia Ceed 3 (CD) since 2018;
  • Kia Optima 4 (JF) in 2018 – 2019;
  • Kia Sportage 4 (QL) in 2018 – 2021; Sportage 5 (NQ5) since 2021.


Production years since 2017
Displacement, cc 1598
Fuel system Common Rail
Power output, hp 116 – 136
Torque output, Nm 280 – 320
Cylinder block aluminum R4
Block head aluminum 16v
Cylinder bore, mm 77
Piston stroke, mm 85.8
Compression ratio 15.9
Features intercooler
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator no
Turbocharging Garrett GTE1244VZM
Recommended engine oil 5W-30
Engine oil capacity, liter 4.4
Fuel type diesel
Euro standards EURO 6d
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Hyundai Tucson 2021)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~250 000
Weight, kg 148.5

Disadvantages of the Hyundai D4FE engine

  • So far, the main complaints on specialized forums are caused by the vagaries of the engine fuel system;
  • The presence of an SCR catalyst implies the use of an AdBlue urea solution;
  • As always, a lot of trouble here is associated with a particulate filter, as well as an EGR valve.

1 thought on “Engine Hyundai-Kia D4FE”

  1. Robert Bosch

    Some of the problems are related with oil pump belt wearing out prematurely and clogging smaller oil canals of oil-vacuum tandem pump, reducing oil pressure to 0 ~ at even 80000 km-s. Some of the problems are related to condensation in the intercooler (usually in -5 to + 5 degrees weather, resulting in worst cases, hydrolocking of the engine. Some of the problems are related to low-pressure EGR system sieve filter clogging up even at ~30000 km.

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