The Hyundai i30 Tourer is spacious, comfortable and looks classy, but it’s not in any way exciting
The Hyundai i30 Tourer is a more spacious estate version of the i30 hatchback – a stylish small family car that’s reviewed separately. This bigger tourer version offers a practical alternative to the likes of the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer and the Skoda Octavia Estate.
Besides its boxy rear end, the i30 Tourer looks identical to the standard hatchback, both inside and out. Materials in its cabin feel fairly solid and its minimalist design looks pretty slick, too.
All but entry-level S models come with an infotainment display that helps the interior look modern. It’s reasonably easy to use too, thanks to its bright screen and handy shortcut buttons. SE Nav models and above get a larger eight-inch screen with satellite navigation, although it doesn’t have the crystal-clear graphics you get in a VW Golf.
All models come with front-seat-height adjustment as standard and all but S versions come with lumbar support, too – which helps prevent backache on long journeys.
There’s a fair – if not all that generous – amount of headroom and legroom in the back, and enough shoulder room to carry three adults abreast – on short journeys at least. A Skoda Octavia estate is a better bet if you regularly carry four passengers, however.
You’ll be able to carry an impressive 602 litres of luggage with the i30 Tourer’s back seats and load cover in place – that’s only eight litres down on the cavernous Octavia Estate and easily big enough for a stroller or a set of golf clubs. Flip the rear seats down and you’ll open up a 1,650-litre load bay that’s large enough to carry a bike without removing either of its wheels.
There’s almost no boot lip to worry about either, so it’s dead simple to slide heavy items into the boot. The two-way folding split rear seats let you carry long items and a rear passenger at the same time too.
The Hyundai i30 Tourer’s a jack of all trades but a master of none – it’s fairly practical, quite comfortable and looks smart but it doesn’t really excel anywhere…
You can get the i30 Tourer with a choice of two petrol engines and one diesel. Pick the 120hp 1.0-litre petrol if you spend most time around town – it’s almost as nippy as the 1.4-litre model and returns around 40mpg in the real world against Hyundai’s claimed 48.7mpg. The 1.6-litre diesel model – that’ll return around 65mpg – is a better bet if you spend more time on the motorway.
You don’t get much wind or road noise at motorway speeds, but the light steering that’s so helpful manoeuvring around town does tend to feel a bit vague at 70mph. The i30 Tourer isn’t as fun to drive as a Ford Focus either.
It should be safer than the Ford, though. The i30 hatchback achieved an impressive five-star safety rating in the strict Euro NCAP 2017 tests. Expect the Tourer model to provide near identical protection in a collision – making it not only a practical and roomy family car, but a safe one too. Just don’t expect it to put a huge smile on your face.