Performance & drive
What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is
Hyundai was one of the first mainstream manufacturers to embrace downsizing, and that trend continues here, with the largest engine in the range being a relatively compact 1.6-litre diesel. We have yet to experience said engine in the Tourer, but from our experience in the i30 hatchback, we know that it’s willing at low revs and doesn’t get too breathless at higher speeds - ideal if you find yourself covering plenty of motorway miles.
However, the standout engine in the range is without a doubt Hyundai’s turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol. With its peak pull arriving at a lowly 1500rpm, this small engine is impressively strong and feels at home in the city and on the motorway. And despite being a three cylinder, the motor is surprisingly well insulated - very little noise or vibration makes its way inside the car.