Practical, stylish & affordable: the new i30 Tourer hits all the high notes
Hyundai's range of models caters for almost every kind of buyer imaginable. In addition to revamped versions of the models we’re familiar with, there’s the i10, aimed at young, trendy city dwellers. The IONIQ, for the environmentally conscious ready to embrace new tech. And the new i30 Tourer? This is one for drivers who want to eat up the motorway miles in comfort – and bring the whole family with them.
Based on the hugely popular i30 hatchback relaunched earlier this year, the Tourer comes with all the bells and whistles that brought so many newcomers into the Hyundai fold this year – and a generous helping of extras too.
Here’s the lowdown:
It’s clear the Tourer was envisioned as a car to turn heads. It’s a far cry from many of the some of the more unimaginatively styled offerings from other Asian marques of late; instead, it draws on Hyundai’s highly acclaimed Fluidic Design Language with the trademark cascading front grille, “inspired by the descending flow of molten steel”. There’s a new roof spoiler too, accentuating the Tourer’s sporty profile.
This is where the Tourer really gets into its stride. The original hatchback version hardly feels cramped; in fact, it’s one of the market leaders in this segment. The Tourer has been conceived in a similar vein, retaining all the cleverly positioned cubbyholes and storage compartments that made the hatchback an appealing prospect for family buyers. But of course, it’s an estate car, which means there’s an even bigger boot space to fill with luggage/dogs/both.
The load space amounts to a very accommodating 602-litres, and clever 60/40 split-folding rear seats allow for even more room for those particularly unwieldy items alongside one or two passengers in the back. Or if you fold the rear seats back completely, you’ll get a massive 1650 litres of load space – enough to transport a flat-pack wardrobe or several big dogs.
As ever with new Hyundais, the Tourer comes equipped with a wealth of clever tech as standard (unlike many of its competitors, for which a lengthy consultation of the options list will be required). Autonomous emergency braking keeps you safer by anticipating a hazard ahead of the car and if the driver hasn’t spotted it, sharply applying the brakes to avoid or minimise the impact of a collision.
Tricky parking manoeuvres are made easier with a rear parking assist function which comes as standard, with a rear-view camera which activates when reverse gear is selected allowing for much greater visibility behind the car. Cruise control takes the stress out of motorway driving with an electronic speed limiter, while a Lane Departure Warning System alerts the driver with visual and audible prompts when leaving a traffic lane without indicating.
The Tourer even knows when you need a coffee; the Driver Attention Alert (DAA) can detect a driver’s tiredness and prompts you to take a break.
The “floating” five-inch touchscreen infotainment system connects via Bluetooth, USB and AUX so that you can stay in touch with friends and family on the go.
This is a high note for the Tourer. Buyers can opt for either a petrol or diesel version; the petrol is a 1.0-litre unit developing 120bhp (not bad at all for an engine of this size), while the diesel is a 1.6 developing 110bhp. Both are extremely economical.
For a very reasonable from €25,270 for the petrol version or from €27,270 for the diesel version, the newest i30 tourer comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty and on top of that, five years servicing and five years of free health checks. And five years’ AA roadside assistance. All things considered – that’s an extremely attractive proposition.