What's the used Hyundai i30 estate like?
A compact estate car might sound like a contradiction but, in fact, cars such as the Hyundai i30 Tourer make a huge amount of sense these days.
With larger estates having grown to gargantuan proportions, it’s been left to the i30 – and better-known rivals including the Volkswagen Golf, Skoda Octavia and Vauxhall Astra – to offer alternatives with proportions that are more manageable around town yet have a big enough boot to carry the detritus associated with young kids (not to mention the occasional flat pack).
The i30 Tourer may not be as well known as its rivals, but it’s one of the more attractive small estates around. You get a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, of which the most widely available is the 118bhp 1.0-litre turbo petrol.
The range kicks off with S, then moves up through SE and SE Nav, both of which get a colour touchscreen and rear-view camera as standard. Premium, with climate control as standard, and leather-lined Premium SE models sit at the top of the range.
To drive, the i30 Tourer is a bit of a mixed bag. The suspension is a touch on the firm side, meaning it isn’t quite as comfortable as it could be. This doesn’t translate to good body control in the corners, either, with the result that the i30 Tourer leans over a little too much. You do get nicely weighted steering, but without much in the way of feel or directness. What’s more, none of the engines feels particularly fast out on the road.
Inside, things are better, however – and, let’s face it, the interior is what matters in an estate. The boot is impressive; not the biggest around but not far from it, and endowed with a low loading lip and easy-to-fold rear seats, even if they do leave a small step when they’re down.
Further forward, the rear seats are more cramped than those in most estates – that's is a bit of a disappointment – but they are at least comfortable. The front seats have no such space issues, though, offering plenty of head and leg room.
The dashboard, meanwhile, is rather dour, but at least it’s sensibly laid out, easy to find your way around and built robustly. In fact, it’s something of a metaphor for the i30 Tourer as a whole; solid, sensible and entirely fit for purpose, but just a bit dull.