HYUNDAI

HYUNDAI I30 TOURER 1.0T GDi SE Connect 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph11.4s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2119 g/km

If you require a practical and well built car that's manageably sized and won't break the bank, Hyundai have something that is well worth a look. This improved version of the third generation i30 Tourer may not be the most charismatic choice in the sector but it could be the most sensible. It scores strongly for build quality and no-nonsense utility.

TOUR GUIDE

Hyundai's improved i30 Tourer estate might be all the vehicle you'll ever need. Jonathan Crouch reports

Ten Second Review

If you require a practical and well built car that's manageably sized and won't break the bank, Hyundai have something that is well worth a look. This improved version of the third generation i30 Tourer may not be the most charismatic choice in the sector but it could be the most sensible. It scores strongly for build quality and no-nonsense utility.

Background

The i30 is, according to Hyundai, 'more than just a model' but 'a whole family of cars', consisting of three body types with unique characters united by 'coherent, timeless design'. Make of that what you will. Here, we're looking at an improved version of the Tourer estate version, which is a great choice if you want to impress somebody with quite how far Korean cars have come. Thanks to a 620-litre boot, you certainly won't need to pack light.

Driving Experience

As you'd expect, the Tourer model drives just like its hatch counterpart. The engines on offer are the same as those on offer in that hatch variant - which means that they've been much improved as part of the recent round of updates to this third generation design. The volume 1.0-litre T-GDI 120PS petrol unit can now be ordered with 7-speed auto transmission for the first time. But the key news is that this volume 1.0-litre petrol unit now comes with 48-volt Mild Hybrid technology for better fuel efficiency and for the first time with a 6-speed iMT Intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT). iMT decouples the engine from the transmission after the driver releases the accelerator. This allows the car to enter into two possible levels of coasting depending on the conditions. With the first level, the engine is idling. With the second level, the engine is additionally temporarily turned off to save even more fuel. For those who prefer to drive automatic, the 48-volt Mild Hybrid option is also available with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. The 136PS version of the 1.6-litre diesel also gets the 48-volt mild hybrid set-up - and the same two-way transmission choice. Across the i30 range, Hyundai has improved its SmartSense advanced safety package with 'Lane Following Assist, ' 'Rear Collision-avoidance Assist' and 'Leading vehicle Departure Alert'.

Design and Build

With most small estate cars, the designers are given the unenviable brief of working with the existing 'hard points' of the hatchback model, merely grafting a conservatory onto the back and hoping that it looks halfway cohesive. The i30 Tourer isn't like that, delivering a very neat piece of styling, with a sharply rising beltline giving it a poised, aggressive look. There's plenty of luggage space too, offering 602-litres with the rear seats in position. Fold down the 60:40-split rear seats and this expands to a hefty 1,650-litres. As for the changes made to this revised model, well the front is now characterised by a wider-looking, more modern stance. The wider grille features an accentuated 3D pattern that emphasises what Hyundai hopes is a more agile look. It's flanked by restyled, slimmer headlamps with optional multifaceted reflector MFR LED technology and smarter V-shaped signature LED daytime running lights. As before, 53% of the underlying framework is fashioned from Advanced High Strength Steel. Inside, there are fewer changes, though there's a new 7-inch digital instrument cluster screen and a fresh 10.25-inch navigation touchscreen for top models. Across the range, the air vents have been restyled and there's also an extra interior garnish colour ('Pewter Grey') if you don't like the usual black. The seats can be covered in cloth - or in a combination of cloth and leather. Otherwise, things are much as before. The cabin architecture doesn't quite have the quality feel of a Volkswagen Group product but it's not too far off and the interior's certainly practical enough. When customers choose power seats, these can be adjusted in 10-ways including lumber support. Two adults can fit comfortably on the back seat. And there's an optional panoramic glass roof to fit with the current segment trend.

Market and Model

Hyundai quickly realised that it couldn't achieve its global ambitions by maintaining a pile 'em high, sell 'em cheap philosophy and has instead adopted a strategy with rather more potential for building the brand. The aggressive pricing remains, but now quality has improved drastically and Hyundai is trying to differentiate itself in terms of equipment levels. Prices start at around £21,500 and there are 'SE Connect' and 'Premium' equipment levels. As for specification levels across the range, well Hyundai isn't holding back. There's dual-zone climate control to ensure a comfortable environment for all occupants during long journeys. Plus niceties like a panoramic sunroof and a heated steering wheel are optional, as is a Navigation system you operate via an 8-inch touchscreen on the dash. Safety has been a particular feature of the development of this car. The key news is that all variants get Autonomous Emergency Braking, a system that scans the road ahead as you drive, the set-up looking for potential collision hazards. If one is detected, you'll be warned. If you don't respond - or aren't able to - the brakes will automatically be applied to decrease the severity of any resulting accident. Other key i30 safety features include a 'Driver Attention Alert' system, 'Smart Cruise Control', a 'Blind Spot Detector, 'Rear-Cross Traffic Alert', a 'Lane Keeping Assist System', a 'Speed Limit Information Function' and 'High Beam Assist'. Pluds you can also now have 'Lane Following Assist, ' 'Rear Collision-avoidance Assist' and 'Leading vehicle Departure Alert'.

Cost of Ownership

The introduction of new engine technology has kept Hyundai right on the pace of the class best when it comes to WLTP efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. These can be as low as 120g/km if you opt for the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, which also manages 61.4mpg on the combined cycle in base-spec form. In conventional form, the base 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol unit puts out 119g/km of CO2 and manages 54.3mpg in base-spec form. Fuel saving technologies include Integrated Stop & Go (ISG), low rolling-resistance tyres, an alternator management system (AMS) and a drag-reducing 'active air flap' in the front grille, similar to the technology offered on the Ford Focus. All of this is aided by a slippery drag coefficient. Satisfied owners will tell you that the i30 proposition is about a whole lot more than just a five year warranty with a car thrown in for good measure, but there's no doubt that the comprehensive after-sales package does remain a major attraction for city segment customers. It's a really good unlimited mileage deal that also includes annual vehicle health checks and roadside assistance to add peace of mind.

Summary

We judge Hyundai by higher standards these days and, by and large, this improved third generation i30 Tourer estate largely meets them. It's practical as it needs to be and the engine updates, safety enhancements and interior improvements bring it back into strong contention with key segment rivals like the Ford Focus Estate and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. Where the car still falls a little flat is in terms of personality and charismatic interior design. Remember though, that these judgements are against the very best in the class and when price and equipment levels are taken into account, the i30 Tourer states its case quite eloquently. Hyundai remains a work in progress but at this rate, the sky's the limit for the Korean giant.

  • 1 speed non intermittent rear windscreen wiper
  • Tinted glass with windscreen shade band
  • Adjustable intermittent front windscreen wipers with aero wiper blade
  • Electric windows - front and rear with anti-trap mechanism and one touch control (driver window)

  • Manual parking brake
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Electronic stability control
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)

  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition
  • Android Auto
  • Apple car play

  • Parking system with rear camera and guidance system
  • Lane departure warning system with lane keep assist - LKAS
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Power assisted steering
  • Driver attention alert system

  • Dusk sensor

  • Trip computer
  • Windscreen washer fluid sensor and warning indicator
  • 8" Touchscreen centre console display audio with smart device integration and DAB
  • Driver's instrument cluster with 3.5" LCD display
  • e-Call (Emergency button system)

  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors with integrated indicators

  • 2 front and 2 rear speakers with 2 tweeters
  • Steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls
  • USB ports in centre console

  • Shark fin antenna
  • Black radiator grille with chrome inserts
  • Black finish window surrounds
  • Standard design body coloured bumpers
  • Hidden rear diffuser exhaust
  • Body coloured door handles
  • Chrome roof rails
  • Rear spoiler with integrated LED brake light

  • Halogen headlights
  • Front/rear fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights situated in lower bumper
  • Bulb type rear lights
  • Static Cornering lights
  • Automatic headlight with follow me home function
  • Smart high beam headlights

  • Manual air conditioning

  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Centre console storage
  • Front cupholders
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Rear armrest with cupholder
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Glove compartment
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • 12V power outlets in front console and luggage compartment
  • Grey roof liner
  • Luggage cargo net
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel and gear knob
  • Luggage board

  • Ignition socket illuminated
  • Interior front map reading light
  • Front, rear and luggage compartment interior lights

  • Airbags - front, front side and curtain airbags
  • Front seatbelt reminder
  • Curtain airbag roll over sensor
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS)
  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch

  • Rear head restraints
  • Active head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Driver seat electric lumbar adjustment
  • Driver's seat manual height adjustment
  • Driver's seat manual adjustments
  • Front passenger's seat manual adjustment
  • Front passenger's seat manual height adjustment
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats
  • Front head restraints with vertical and horizontal adjustment

  • Speed sensitive automatic door locking
  • Remote control central locking
  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Deadlocks

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Michelin Tyre brand

  • 16" alloy wheels

  • Tyre repair kit

  • CO2 (g/km): 102
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 119

  • Cylinders: 3
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 12
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 71
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84
  • CC: 998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: False
  • EC Urban (mpg): 53.3
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 72.4
  • EC Combined (mpg): 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 42.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 56.5
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 61.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 49.6
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 54.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 6.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5.2

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 9E
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 120
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: SE Connect
  • Coin Description: T GDI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 10
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 17.5
  • Engine Power - KW: 88
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 127
  • Engine Torque - NM: 172
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 120
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 11.4
  • Top Speed: 122

  • Emissions Test Cycle: WLTP

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: False
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 205/55 R16
  • Tyre Size Spare: TYRE REPAIR KIT
  • Wheel Type: 16" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 205/55 R16

  • Width (including mirrors): 2039
  • Height: 1455
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4585
  • Width: 1795
  • Wheelbase: 2650

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1241
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1840
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 602
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1200
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 600
  • Max. Loading Weight: 599
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1650
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Metallic paint: £585
  • Pearlescent paint: £585
  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £585

  • Metallic - Silky bronze: £585
  • Metallic - Shimmering Silver: £585
  • Metallic - Amazon Grey: £585

  • Pearl - Sunset red: £585
  • Pearl - Dark Knight: £585
  • Pearl - Phantom black: £585

  • Solid - Engine red: £0

  • Special solid - Shadow grey: £585
  • Special solid - Polar white: £585

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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