What is it?
This is a story about space. Once Hyundai had launched its stylish second-generation i30 hatchback (which it did last March) it was guaranteed that a roomy estate version would rapidly follow.
Hyundai is taking quite some trouble to stress the estate’s space advantages over the already-roomy hatchback: the Tourer is 185mm longer overall (this extra length mostly affecting cabin and load space), offers better headroom front and rear and it has seats-folded luggage volume of 1642 litres. That makes it one of the most spacious C-segment estates going and it beats several D-segment contenders into the bargain. Hyundai UK’s president and CEO, Tony Whitehorn, believes the new model, in showrooms late this month, will account for about 15 per cent of UK i30 deals.
The other major string to the new i30 Tourer’s bow is improved efficiency. The UK is taking three of six engines on offer — a 118bhp, 1.6 litre petrol four and two versions of an enhanced 1.6 four-cylinder turbodiesel, producing either 108 or 126bhp but with identical torque outputs. All improve on the fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of the outgoing model but the star performer is the 108bhp Blue Drive diesel whose integral stop-start system helps it to a combined fuel consumption figure of 64.2mpg, and with CO2 emissions of just 110g/km that bring major tax benefits to company car users.