Prices and specs of the 2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer have been revealed; the rival to the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia estates starts at £17,495.
This entry-level price is for the base-spec S model, fitted with the new-to-the-range 1.0-litre, three-cylinder 118bhp petrol engine. In this form, the car comes with 15in alloys, DAB radio with USB and Bluetooth connectivity, steering wheel-mounted buttons, electric windows all round and driver's seat height adjustment.
Prices top out at £25,155 for the Premium SE 1.6 CRDi car, with dual clutch automatic transmission.
The i30 Tourer previously accounted for around one in ten i30 sales, while the company is aiming for closer to one in five with this generation of Tourer, in part down to a premium of just £500 for the larger car. The previous-generation i30 Tourer was £1500 more than the standard hatch.
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With the rear seats up, it can swallow 602 litres of luggage and with them down that number grows to 1650 litres. This beats the Focus and Golf estates by 134 and 30 litres respectively. It’s also 309 litres more than the five-door hatch offers.
The i30 Wagon has been designed with a slanting roof to create a coupé-like silhouette. The car’s nose remains unchanged from its hatch sibling but the rear, which extends back an extra 245mm, gets a slightly different design with the number plate located on the tailgate as opposed to the bumper.
Inside, the dashboard and seats are identical to the hatch, meaning there’s either a 5in or 8in touchscreen, which comes available with Apple Carplay, Android Auto connectivity, as well as optional wireless charging for smartphones and Bluetooth.
Powering the estate will be a choice of turbocharged engines. The entry unit is a 1.0-litre T-GDI three-cylinder petrol that produces 118bhp and above this is a 1.4-litre four-pot that produces 138bhp.
The diesel line-up consists of three versions of the same 1.6-litre unit that produce 94bhp, 108bhp or 131bhp.
Hyundai claims that the i30 Wagon comes with the most driver assist safety programmes in its class. It gets adaptive cruise control that can brake or accelerate the vehicle at speeds of up to 112mph, autonomous emergency braking and lane-keeping assist technology.
There’s also rear cross traffic alert, blind spot detection and Hyundai’s first driver attention monitoring system, which alerts the driver to take a break if lane crossing is noticed.
Cars with optional full LED headlights get high beam assist technology to dip and raise beams around oncoming traffic too.
The i30 Wagon’s structure is more rigid due to 53% of it being made of advanced high-strength steel. Hyundai has sharpened the new i30’s steering by 10% in a bid to make the car more responsive, and the car’s development was focused in Europe with high-speed testing taking place on the Nürburgring.