The i30 Tourer prioritises comfort over driving fun and can deal with most bumps and potholes reasonably well. It does lean a little in tight corners, however
You can get the i30 Tourer with a choice of one diesel and two petrol engines and with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox.
The 1.0-litre petrol engine will be your best bet if you spend most time cruising around town. It’s very nearly as perky as the 1.4-litre petrol and will return around 40mpg in real-world conditions. It’s quieter than the diesel and feels slightly less rattly, too – especially at slow speeds. The 1.4-litre model is more powerful – and a touch smoother – but isn’t quite as efficient.
The i30 Tourer’s pretty relaxing to travel in, but in a forgettable sort of way
If you spend a lot of time on the motorway, pick the 1.6-litre diesel – it doesn’t feel quite as nippy as the petrol models but it’ll return around 65mpg in the real world. It’ll also be more suitable if you regularly carry heavy luggage or lots of passengers – its extra grunt will help it chug happily along where the smaller petrols might struggle.
The six-speed manual gearbox is reasonably slick but the seven-speed dual-clutch automatic will make much lighter work of long journeys or heavy traffic. It’s mostly smooth and responsive but can be a little jerky at slow speeds – making parking a tad tricky. It’s available on 1.4-litre petrol and 1.6-litre diesel models and will set you back between £1,000 and £1,970 depending on the model you pick.
The i30 Tourer’s light steering and pedals make it easy to drive around town. It’s a little larger than the hatchback model, so it’s not quite as manoeuverable, but rear visibility is actually slightly better thanks to the Tourer’s larger rear windows.
It’s longer and slightly trickier to park than the hatchback, but it’s no more difficult to thread into a tight space than an Astra Sports Tourer or Octavia Estate. SE models and above come with rear parking sensors as standard to help make parking as painless as possible.
You don’t need to worry about wind and tyre noise, either – very little finds its way into the i30 Tourer’s cabin, even on the motorway. The i30’s suspension does a good job of keeping the car steady over unexpected bumps at a variety of speeds.
It leans slightly in tight corners, so your passengers might feel slightly car sick after an hour or so of winding country roads, and it isn’t nearly as much fun to drive as a Ford Focus Estate. That said, there are no nasty surprises to be found in the way the i30 drives.
The i30 hatchback scored an impressive five-star safety rating in the strict 2017 Euro NCAP tests. Expect the Tourer versions to provide almost identical levels of protection. For a little extra peace of mind, pick an SE model or above. They come with Lane Keeping Assist – to prevent you from wandering out of lane on motorways – and an adaptive cruise control feature that’ll match your speed to that of other cars.