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Car review: Hyundai i30 Tourer

The Hyundai i30 Tourer is spacious and has a range of clean and fuel-efficient engines - shame it's no oil painting, writes reviewer Tim Barnes-Clay. 

Hyundai i30 Tourer exterior

The Hyundai i30 Tourer is practical but it's no oil painting. 

Harsh of me? Probably. But then beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

I mean, it doesn't look like a bulldog chewing a wasp, but it has a bland, characterless presence - especially from behind. 

The face of the South-Korean produced model is only saved by the smart LED daytime driving lamps.

A car for families & fleet buyers

But who is it aimed at? 

Well, the The i30 Tourer is able to meet the demands of both retail motorists with families and fleet customers as it offers versatility along with a range of clean and fuel-efficient engines. 

Running costs are also low, not only compared with the older pre-2012 i30 Estate, but with major competitors too. 

There is a choice of two engines in the range: motorists can choose either the 120PS petrol unit, or the 1.6 CRDi diesel in the form of a 110PS or a higher-powered 128PS variant. 

Both engines are coupled to a six-speed manual or automatic transmission. The car on test here is the flagship "Style Nav" 1.6 CRDi 128PS version, with a manual gearbox.

Hyundai i30 Tourer: Cheap to tax & insure

On the steering wheel there's a simple button you can push that changes the steering feel from normal to sporty. 

I kept it in "sport" mode because in an otherwise bland, albeit practical and efficient vehicle, it offers a welcome spark of dynamism to the drive.

As well as good fuel economy and emissions plus cheap car tax and benefit-in-kind.

What's more, the Hyundai i30 Tourer falls into some of the lowest car insurance groups for a car of its class. 

There are 50 car insurance groups, and the lower the group, the cheaper the premiums are likely to be.

Comfortable, refined & efficient

Like its slightly older hatchback sibling, the latest generation Hyundai i30 Tourer - launched two years ago - offers excellent levels of comfort, refinement and efficiency.

Slip behind the wheel, and there are no major complaints apart from the lack of a lumbar support adjustment. 

That said, the seats are moulded nicely and it's easy to achieve a good driving position. 

What's more, space is among the best in the class, with the Tourer boasting a larger luggage capacity than the majority of its key rivals.

Hyundai i30 Tourer cabin interior

Generous list of standard features

Like the hatchback, the Hyundai i30 Tourer comes with a generous list of standard features. 

The catalogue of kit includes Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition, multi-function steering wheel and air conditioning.

It also features body-coloured door handles and mirrors, along with those aforementioned LED daytime running lights. 

The range-topping Style Nav model adds touchscreen navigation plus a rear view parking camera. 

It also has alloy wheels and luxury touches such as cruise control with speed limiter, parking sensors, electric rear windows, climate control and a leather steering wheel and gear knob.

Cheap-looking cabin plastics

The binnacle houses clear and simple dials and the car's fuel gauge takes forever to shift from full. 

It's just a shame some cheap-looking cabin plastics are in keeping with the car's unexceptional exterior.

The touchscreen navigation system isn't that intuitive which is frustrating but, like all things, once you get the hang of how the gadgetry works, it's fine.

Hyundai i30 Tourer: Pros & cons

  • Efficient √
  • Roomy √
  • Practical √
  • Frustrating satnav X
  • Bland looks X

Hyundai i30 Tourer: Fast facts

  • Max speed: 120 mph
  • 0-62 mph: 11.2 secs
  • Combined mpg: 64.2
  • Engine: 1582 cc 4 cylinder 16 valve turbo diesel
  • Max. power (bhp): 126 at 4000 rpm
  • Max. torque (lb/ft): 192 at 1900 rpm
  • CO2: 115 g/km
  • Price: £22,115 on the road

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Tim Barnes-Clay

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Tim is an experienced motoring writer with a background in radio and TV journalism. He puts his pedal to the metal each week with his must-read car reviews.

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