All-new Hyundai hatch: Roomier third generation i30 Tourer
Hyundai's i30 Tourer - an estate version of the i30 hatchback - just got even tastier.
A raft of new features has been added to a car that was already versatile and practical.
To spacious, frugal and comfortable, you can now add technically advanced as well.
In quick order, too. The last generation car only began to appear on our streets towards the end of 2012.
Now the third generation is on dealer forecourts, and it has raised the bar yet again.
Not bad going when you recall that the i30 itself has only been around since 2007, but is now well ensconced as a serious competitor in the compact hatchback segment.
If anything, the Tourer is even better placed to do so thanks to additional room, mostly found in an expanded boot.
The i30 shares a platform with the sister car the Kia Cee'd, and is available as a three-door hatchback, five-door hatchback, five-door Tourer and a four-door 'fastback' model.
The third-generation car was unveiled at the 2016 Paris Motor Show and featured a new design language mostly in the shape of a cascading grille.
It's the Tourer, however, that stands out for me. It's nicely balanced for an estate car, which can sometimes look awkward, like a boot has been jammed on to the rear end of a hatch or saloon.
Not with the i30 Tourer, though. It looks properly proportionate. The new generation car is 245mm longer than the hatchback.
However, it shares the same wheelbase, so all the extra length goes into the boot.
Visually, it gets that new front grille, a sloping roofline and the newest LED headlamps and daytime running lights. All of which adds up to a very nice package.
It gets Hyundai's latest front grille and a tapering roofline, while full LED headlights and LED daytime running lights add some flair to the design.
The front overhang is short, but the rear is longer, opening up a 602-litre boot which is expandable to 1,650 litres with the seats folded flat.
Hyundai has so far confirmed three turbocharged engines for the UK market - two petrol powerplants and one diesel.
The entry-level petrol engine is a 1.0 T-GDi three-cylinder unit with a 1.4-litre four cylinder as an alternative. The diesel is a 1.6 CRDi.
There is a greatly-improved level of standard safety equipment, with lane departure warning system, forward collision warning system, lane keep assist, autonomous emergency braking and hill start assist control featuring on all the models.
Standard technology and connectivity equipment also feature with all new generation Tourers benefiting from DAB and Bluetooth regardless of trim level.
The car is keenly costed. Prices start from £17,495 for the i30 Tourer S 1.0 T-GDi S 6-speed manual, with 120PS which offers trim including 15" alloy wheels and safety barrier net.
From £19,355, the SE model has a similar petrol engine or the optional diesel and adds exterior roof rails and a chrome belt line.
There are also more extras including 16" alloy wheels, front fog lamps, DAB radio with 5" LCD touchscreen, rear parking assist system, rear view camera and leather steering wheel.
Next stop as we move up the range is the SE NAV at £20,305 with more kit including integrated satellite navigation with 8" LCD touchscreen, Bluetooth with voice recognition and wireless phone charging. You can choose your own engine/transmission mix.
The Tourer Premium starts at £22,855 and for that lots more is chucked in including 7-speed DCT transmission choices and more kit than you can shake a gearstick at.
The range-topping Premium SE kicks off at £24,155 and includes a panoramic sunroof.
All Tourers, indeed all new generation i30s, come with Hyundai's five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five-year roadside assistance package, five-year annual health check, and 12-year anti-corrosion warranty.