Hyundai i30 Tourer
FIRST DRIVE Family car gets more space and practicality
Behind the wheel of new family estate contender
THE latest-generation i30 is one of the most ambitious family cars Hyundai has ever built, given that the firm has just expanded the range threefold with the addition of a hot hatch i30 N version (Page 16), a new five-door ‘fastback’ coupé and this, the i30 Tourer estate model.
It’s designed to take on rivals such as the Ford Focus Estate, the Peugeot 308 SW and Skoda Octavia Estate. Practicality sells in this segment, and so the i30 Tourer’s body is 245mm longer than the hatchback’s. Every extra millimetre has been added behind the rear wheels, so the 602-litre luggage area is a significant 74 litres bigger than its predecessor’s. This is a big advance, given that the hatchback can muster only 395 litres.
That luggage area places it comfortably in the middle of the pack compared with its rivals, pipping stylish choices such as the recently refreshed SEAT Leon ST, but lagging somewhat behind the market-leading Peugeot 308 SW, which has a fairly cavernous 660 litres.
The wheelbase, meanwhile, remains unchanged, so there’s no more passenger space than you’ll find in the hatchback.
Our test car was fitted with the rangetopping petrol powertrain, a turbocharged 138bhp 1.4-litre four-cylinder engine.
On the motorway it feels pretty relaxed. High-speed refinement is very impressive and it’s an easy car to munch motorway miles in, while the optional seven-speed DCT gearbox is smooth and easy-going. All in all it’s a calm cruiser, with suspension that irons out bumps at speed.
The i30 Tourer is, however, in danger of being a one-trick pony. As easy and relaxing as it is to drive on the motorway, it inherits the lack of dynamism that lets the i30 hatchback down. When the roads get twisty the steering feels vague, and even this most powerful 138bhp petrol engine doesn’t feel that punchy.
In the cabin, things are carried over directly from the hatchback. As such, it’s a mix of soft-touch materials on the surface with cheaper, scratchier plastics if you go looking for them. The interior of this Premium SE model is spruced up with luxuries such as a heated leather steering wheel, real leather on the seats and a vast panoramic roof.
Range-topping 1.4-litre turbo petrol is quiet at speed, but takes a while getting there REAR SEATS The wheelbase is the same as the hatchback model’s, although the rear seats can accommodate three adults comfortably nevertheless
i30 Tourer is at its best on the motorway, where it’s a refined, comfortable cruiser
NEED TO KNOW The Tourer will cost you £500 more than the i30 hatchback
BOOT SPACE Folding down the rear seats expands the 602-litre load bay to 1,650 litres. That’s not the largest in its class but is enough for most
EQUIPMENT Top-spec Premium SE model features an eight-inch infotainment system, which includes Apple Carplay and sat-nav as standard