Looks quite tasty, doesn’t it? Yes, a new Hyundai doesn’t usually get the Top Gear powerrr juice oozing, but the new i30 is actually a very good little car.
Well, we only drove a prototype of the hatch, but if that’s anything to go by, this new Hyundai i30 wagon – revealed today ahead of its Geneva motor show debut – promises Good Things.
It’s the second in the ‘new generation’ i30 family, sharing engines and running gear with the hatch. Naturally, being a load-lugger, there’s much more space at the back. Hyundai tells us this estate is 185mm longer than the hatch – 10mm longer than the old estate – and offers up 528 litres of boot space, which rises to 1642 litres with the seats folded flat.
Wait, wake up! This kind of thing is important. Think of the extra cheese you could transport! Consider this, its got loads more boot space than the Ford Focus estate and Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer. And Hyundai developed this model alongside the hatch, tailoring it specifically for European customers. So it should be as nice to drive as the hatch.
It shares the three petrol and three diesel engines with the hatch, so you’re looking at power outputs ranging from 93bhp to 133bhp.
So there you are, a Hyundai i30 with a Big Box of Space tacked on the back. Like it?