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The Hyundai i30 Tourer is an estate car that's the car version of the saying 'never judge a book by its cover'. Although it has a fairly innocuous exterior, the i30 Tourer has generous interior space and decent technology.
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The i30 Tourer looks like your typical estate car with slim headlights, a low front grille, and a rounded and extended rear end. There are also new-style alloy wheels and roof rails.
Inside the i30 Tourer, there's more than enough room for a family. A pair of adults have ample leg and headroom in the front, while three children can easily fit in the rear. If you've got a pair of teenagers they'll still be able to fit in the rear, but it's worth noting the seats aren't as comfortable as in the Skoda Octavia Estate or Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer.
Boot space comes in at 601 litres, which is on par with the Volkswagen Golf Estate and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. Open the tailgate, and the load bay is easy to access and has a small load lip, making loading heavier items not too taxing.
The interior of the i30 Tourer strikes a good balance between comfort and practicality. The dashboard is well-built, features a good range of materials, and is relatively easy to navigate when behind the wheel. As standard, you get cloth seats but upgrade to Premium, and you get heated cloth and leather seats.
As standard, you get an eight-inch infotainment system with a DAB radio, Bluetooth, and smartphone mirroring. It's not the best system out there in terms of graphics, but it responds well to touch. Upgrade to the Premium trim, and you get a 10.25-inch display with built-in sat-nav and a seven-inch digital driver display.
Three trims are available: SE Connect, Premium, and N Line.
SE Connect has 16-inch alloy wheels, an eight-inch touchscreen display, rear parking sensors, a rearview camera, roof rails, forward collision assist, high beam assist, and driver attention warning.
Premium has 17-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control, heated front seats and steering wheel, rear LED tail lamps, rear privacy glass, cloth and leather seats, smart key/button start, a wireless charging pad, a 10.25-inch touchscreen with navigation, and a seven-inch digital cluster.
N Line has 18-inch alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, an N Line body kit, N Line cloth sports seats, and a 1.5 T-GDi 156hp engine.
Hyundai has kept the engine range pretty simple for the i30 Tourer with a pair of mild-hybrid petrol units available. Both are available with either a manual or automatic transmission and come in front-wheel drive.
The entry-level unit is the 1.0-litre T-GDi engine that returns a power output of 120hp and achieves 0-62mph in 11.4 seconds. It feels impressively strong and is at home both around town and on the motorway, but it doesn't feel as strong as the entry-level engines in the Ford Focus Estate and Volkswagen Golf Estate.
If power is what you're after, select the N Line trim, which gets the exclusive 1.5 T-GDi engine. With a power output of 156hp and shooting from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds, it feels better on the road and provides you with a more engaging drive.
Both engines use mild-hybrid technology to enhance fuel economy, such as helping to accelerate, charging while driving, and regenerative braking. As a result, you get a fuel economy of just over 50mpg.
On the road, the i30 Tourer provides a comfortable and smooth ride that's great for daily commuting and long-distance journeys. The car deals with pumps in the road and potholes excellently and has minimal wind and road noise.
Its handling and agility are respectable for an estate car but don't match the sportier feel of the Ford Focus Estate. Find yourself on a country road, and there's a bit of body lean and not much road grip.
Prices for the new Hyundai i30 Tourer start from £22,470.00 OTR* or to lease from £211.47 per month.
Leasing may be cheaper than an outright purchase, thanks to a low initial deposit and fixed monthly rentals.
*' On the road' price correct at time of publication and includes one year's road fund license, DVLA first registration fee and number plate fee. Prices are subject to change; always check with your nearest retailer.