What's the used Hyundai i30 estate like?
Hyundais of old were often worthy alternatives because they were cheaper than their rivals and came with plenty of equipment. But that all changed with models such as the i30 Tourer, which had a more attractive design, a better-finished interior and a comfortable ride. In short, this car's overall package was so good that it challenged the very best the class had to offer.
In terms of pricing, the i30 Tourer competes with the likes of the Toyota Auris Touring Sports, Kia Cee’d Sportswagon and Honda Civic Tourer. But in terms of how it drives and how it’s built, you can add the class-leading Ford Focus Estate and Volkswagen Golf Estate to that list.
Power in the i30 Tourer comes from either a 1.6-litre petrol or a 1.6-litre diesel engine, with each offering a range of outputs. The diesel has plenty of low-down grunt that’s particularly useful when you load up the car with people and luggage.
When you drive the i30 Tourer, you’ll notice a bit of body lean and that the steering is a bit vague and lacking in feel. But if you dial it back a little in the bends, you’ll enjoy a more comfortable ride than you get from some more sporty rivals. There's a fair bit of road noise on the motorway, though, so you’ll need to turn the stereo up a little bit to drown it out.
Children in the back will appreciate the small transmission tunnel because it means three can sit abreast quite comfortably without fighting over leg space. Three adults might not fit at once, but head room is plentiful – much more so than in the i30 hatchback.
Practicality is an essential quality in any good estate, and the rear seats of the i30 Tourer can be made to fold completely flat to aid the transportation of longer items. Overall capacity with the seats down is greater than it is in the Focus Estate or Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. In fact, it's almost as much luggage space as can be found in much bigger estate models.
S spec cars are a little mean on equipment, but SE gets you alloy wheels, air conditioning, cruise control, rear parking sensors, lumbar support and electric windows all round.