There’s a new kid on the block in the battle for estate car buyer’s cash and it’s got a lot to commend it.
The Hyundai i30 Tourer follows on from the launch of its hatchback sibling but is significantly longer and all the extra inches go into the boot area to ensure there’s plenty of carrying capacity.
With 602 litres of space beneath the tailgate compared with 395 litres in the hatchback the Tourer will have a lot more appeal for those businessmen and women who need to carry goods around with them as well anyone with children.
Lower the rear seatbacks and the Tourer gives you a very generous 1,650-litre load space to cope with the unexpected.
The Tourer is a good looking car with plenty of curves and styling cues to boost its kerb appeal and with this model beauty is more than just skin deep thanks to a well designed interior and some good safety features.
There’s decent legroom for both front and rear seat travellers and – unlike with some similar sized cars – the rear doors have generous openings to make getting in and out easy.
The dashboard is more functional than flash and there is a lot of black plastic with little contrasting relief. In the centre of the dash there’s an easy to use touchscreen for many of the car’s functions as well as the satellite navigation system.
The same screen makes reversing easy thanks to a super sharp rear view colour camera and a moving gate system set out over the image. And in a belt and braces approach there are also front and rear parking sensors.
With a 1.6-litre, 110bhp turbocharged diesel engine mated to a six-speed manual gearbox the performance of the model tested here could best be described as sensible rather than swift.
With a 0-62 miles-per-hour time of more than 11 seconds it was never going to win any race from the traffic lights but then it was never designed to. Hyundai has just launched the i30 N hot hatch for those looking for that sort of performance.
The high gearing of this model means you have to use the gearbox more than on most diesels to get the best out of it but the upside is it’s a very relaxed car on long high speed drives and over more than 400 miles I averaged an impressive 54 miles per gallon.
Rear seat passengers with me for most of those miles were very complimentary about the comfort of the seats and a sensible suspension set up managed to iron out most the bumps on Welsh country roads while still offering decent road holding.
Smart headlights offering automatic dipped/main beam function and automatic cornering lights made night journeys much more pleasurable while the blind spot detection system, automatic hill hold and lane departure warning system all helped iron out the miles.
My Premium model also had keyless locking/unlocking and starting while safety features included rear cross traffic alert – to warn you of moving vehicles when backing out of a parking spot – automatic emergency braking and driver attention alert.
The Premium model is a sensibly priced, well equipped estate that’s a little lacking in zip but overall will tick a lot of boxes for a lot of people.
Model: car Hyundai i30 Tourer Premium
Mechanical: 110bhp, 1,582cc, 4cyl diesel engine driving front wheels via 6-speed manual gearbox.
Max speed: 117 mph
0-60mph: 11.3 secs
Combined mpg: 74.3
CO2 emissions: 99 g/km
Warranty: 5 years/unlimited mileage