Designed and developed in Europe, the new i30 Tourer retains the classy looks of its i30 hatchback sibling, but adds a generous helping of boot space.
At 602 litres, the i30 Tourer’s boot capacity is almost up there with the best-in-class Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf, making it a far more practical proposition than its other serious rivals, the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
Another strong point in its favour is the comprehensive suite of active safety features that come as standard across the range. These include automatic emergency braking, a driver attention monitoring system, blind spot detection and lane keeping assistance.
What’s new on the 2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer?
Like the latest i30 hatchback, the Tourer has the brand’s new ‘cascading grille’, along with slim headlights and a tapering roofline that belies the roominess of the interior.
There have been improvements on the inside, too, most notably the addition of an optional 8.0in touchscreen for the infotainment system that offers wireless mobile phone charging and can be paired with phones via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
What engines can I choose from in the 2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer?
Hyundai’s new turbocharged four-cylinder 1.4-litre petrol and the three-cylinder 1.0 petrol are both offered with the Wagon, promising a new level of fuel economy and refinement. And it can also be had with a 1.6 diesel with a choice of three power outputs.
It’s the petrols that appeal the most thoughy. In our test drive of the i30 hatchback we noted that the new 1.4 turbo is eager to accelerate once it gets into its stride and that pushing it hard didn’t generate too much noise or vibration.
We were also impressed by the improvement Hyundai has managed to make on the already compliant ride. So we expect the i30 Wagon to soak up potholes and broken surfaces with even greater panache than before.
What’s the 2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer like inside?
Hyundai has upped its game on the inside of the i30, too, bringing big improvements to the interior, which no longer feels bland and uninspiring. The materials may not be as classy as those you’d find in a Skoda Octavia or Volkswagen Golf, but they look and feel appealing.
A 5.0in touchscreen with DAB radio, Bluetooth and a rear-view parking camera is standard across the range. And there’s decent space in the i30 Tourer, including generous head and leg room up front and a reasonable amount of room for two adults in the back.
How much will the 2017 Hyundai i30 Tourer cost?
There’s no official word on the i30 Tourer’s price yet, but we expect it to command a premium of around £2000 on the hatchback, which starts at £16,995.
Although the i30 Tourer is unlikely to be much cheaper than the Focus or Astra, it’s worth remembering that it comes with that comprehensive suite of active safety equipment, and, like all Hyundais, it’s backed by a five-year, unlimited mileage manufacturer warranty that trumps the three-year offerings of most rivals.
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