Hyundai i30 Tourer adds extra cargo space to i30’s grace

The Hyundai i30 wagon will go on sale at the end of Feburary 2013 with the choice of two trim levels and two engines — a diesel and a petrol.


Unlike the i30 hatchback sold in Australia, the i30 wagon is built in Europe — the Czech Republic to be precise — instead of Korea. As such, the petrol engine option differs slightly, with the wagon available with a 99kW/163Nm 1.6-litre direct injection petrol engine instead of the hatch’s 110kW/178Nm 1.8-litre mill. The turbo-diesel option remains the same, a 94kW/260Nm 1.6-litre turbo-diesel engine.

With the rear seats up, the i30 Tourer is able to swallow 528 litres worth of stuff, up 150L over the hatch and 113L more than the previous generation wagon. The rear seats, on both wagon models, fold flat and once in that position the car can handle 1,642L worth of gear.

The i30 Tourer starts at A$22,990 for the entry-spec Active which comes with seven airbags, reverse parking sensors, stability and traction control, LED daytime running lights, 16-inch alloy wheels (and a full size alloy spare), cruise control and speed limiter, awful driver programmable variable rate steering, roof rails, cargo blind and safety net, and flat folding rear seats. The audio system features a 5-inch touchscreen colour display with 6 speakers, steering wheel audio controls, USB port, auxiliary jack, Bluetooth for both audio streaming and hands-free, CD slot, and an AM/FM radio.

The standard drivetrain is the 1.6-litre direct injection petrol mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. The turbo-diesel at A$3,000 to the price, while the 6-speed automatic is a A$2,000 option regardless of the engine chosen.

Those who want more fruit to go with their luggage space will need to shell out for the A$31,190 Elite, which comes with only one drivetrain, the 1.6-litre turbo-diesel paired with the 6-speed auto. For your extra pennies, the Elite comes with a reversing camera, electric folding wing mirrors, dual-zone climate control air-con, automatic headlights, proximity entry, rain-sensing wipers, and push button start. The audio system is controlled via a larger high-res 7-inch touchscreen display that comes with sat nav and traffic messaging as standard.

Dimensions

Length: 4,485mm (+185mm over the i30 hatch)
Height: 1,500mm (including roof rails)
Width: 1,780mm
Wheelbase: 2,650mm

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Derek Fung

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