The Hyundai i30 Tourer has been revealed ahead of its debut at the 2017 Geneva Motor Show. The wagon version of the i30 joins the third-gen five-door hatch rival to the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Opel Astra, which was unveiled in September 2016.

“The new i30 Tourer speaks the language of the i30 family in terms of design, and it carries the new Hyundai family identity – the Cascading Grille. The tapering roofline and the dynamic proportions give the Tourer an almost coupe-like silhouette. The sleek and dynamic profile is further emphasised by a rich chrome frame surrounding the side windows,” explains Thomas Bürkle, chief designer at Hyundai Design Centre Europe.

The i30 Tourer, at 4,585 mm, is 245 mm longer than the hatch. That’s the only differing dimension – the 1,795 mm width and wheelbase of 2,650 mm are the unchanged. There’s 602 litres of space in the boot and 1,650 litres with the rear seats folded, the latter is 309 litres more than the hatch and beats the Golf and Focus wagons. There’s also additional storage space under the boot floor with several compartments.

Under the hood, European customers can choose from two petrol engines and one 1.6 litre turbodiesel with 110 PS. The Tourer is available with Hyundai’s new turbo petrol engines – the 1.4 T-GDI delivers 140 PS/242 Nm and the three-cylinder 1.0 T-GDI puts out 120 PS and 170 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch auto are the gearbox options.

The i30 is made in Europe (at Nošovice, Czech Republic) for Europeans (800,000 i30s sold in the continent since 2008), which is why Hyundai talks up driving dynamics, set up by Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Centre in Germany at the Nürburgring. The body uses 53% Advanced High Strength Steel for rigidity and the steering is 10% more direct. Good ride and handling characteristics is the claimed result.

No holes in its safety arsenal, with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist System standard. There’s also Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detector and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert functions.

An eight-inch touchscreen head unit with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and LIVE Services is onboard, together with a Qi wireless charging system.


GALLERY: Third-gen Hyundai i30 hatchback