Review: Hyundai i30 Tourer (2012 – 2017)

Rating:

Flat, low, practical load area. Easy and relaxing to drive. Well-equipped in most trim levels.

Single choice of petrol engine is poor. Not as good to drive as a Focus.

Recently Added To This Review

8 May 2016

Manual transmission failure reported on 2014/64 reg Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDI Tourer soon after 20,000 mile service. Dealer said one of the synchro rings had failed and needed replacing, then bearings needed... Read more

2 January 2016

From 2015 model year i30 was fitted with larger brake callipers that preclude the fitting of 15-inch wheels and 205/65 R15 tyres. Read more

16 March 2012

Hyundai suggest that the i30 may get a new turbocharged 1.2 T-GDI Kappa engine. This unit is not yet confirmed for application in a production vehicle, but would be well suited to a B / C segment car.... Read more

Hyundai i30 Tourer (2012 – 2017): At A Glance

Affordable to run, well-made and practical, the Hyundai i30 Tourer is a sensible alternative to the default choice of Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus when it comes to smaller estate. Running costs are low and thanks to a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, owning one should be a painless experience.

The maximum load capacity is 528 litres with the seats up and 1642 litres with them folded. That means the i30 Tourer has a larger load area than the Ford Focus Estate, but lags behind the Peugeot 308 SW and Volkswagen Golf Estate with the seats in place – both models have more than 600 litres of capacity.

That said, there isn’t much to separate them in real world use. The i30 has a nice low load deck, so getting items in and out is very easy and the boot floor is largely flat. It’s dog-friendly too – the load height is low enough for most dogs to jump in the boot without any help.  There’s plenty of storage for small items in the cabin too.

Build quality is very impressive, with sturdy plastics that don’t creak or rattle. Up front there’s plenty of adjustment for the driver, so getting comfortable is easy, while the back row is big enough for adults. Even the middle seat is useable, since there is no bulky transmission tunnel to eat into leg room.

The engine range features a 1.6-litre 120PS petrol engine and a 1.6-litre diesel with either 110PS or 136PS, paired to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic transmission. The i30 Tourer is much better with a diesel engine, thanks to superior performance and economy - the most frugal variants are officially capable of 72.4mpg, with emissions of 102g/km.

Whether with 110PS or 136PS, the 1.6-litre CRDI is smooth and quiet, providing a good amount of low down torque. Refinement is very good and the controls are light, making the i30 easy to drive on all kinds of roads. It’s especially good as a motorway cruiser and makes long journeys very relaxed.

As a family car it’s extremely hard to fault the i30 Tourer. It’s practical, comfortable, well-made, affordable and easy to drive. A Ford Focus is more fun on a country road and a Volkswagen Golf feels plusher, but as a user-friendly, affordable estate the i30 Tourer is great. Factor in the competitive warranty and it’s easy to recommend.

What does a Hyundai i30 Tourer (2012 – 2017) cost?

List Price from £17,355
Buy new from £14,116
Contract hire from £171.59 per month
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Hyundai i30 Tourer (2012 – 2017): What's It Like Inside?

Dimensions
Length 4485 mm
Width 1780 mm
Height 1495–1500 mm
Wheelbase 2650 mm

Full specifications

The i30 Tourer might be behind the Peugeot 308 SW and Volkswagen Golf Estate when it comes to outright capacity with the seats up, but in the real world there’s nothing in it. In fact, the i30 Tourer is one of the most practical family estates around, with a wide tailgate and a low load deck.

That makes loading heavy items easier, plus it’s easier for dogs to get in and out unaided. With the rear seats in place the boot has a maximum capacity of 528 litres to the load cover. Folding them down frees up 1642 litres of capacity to the roof, so there’s plenty of room for trips away or visits to the garden centre or furniture shop.

Up front, the Hyundai i30 Tourer is very comfortable. There’s plenty of adjustment in the seats, while all of the controls are logically placed and intuitive to operate. Back row passengers are well served too, with ample leg and headroom even for adults. Even the middle seat is useable thanks to a flat floor.

Build quality is very good. The plastics are plush yet sturdy, while the dials and switches feel like they’ll stand the test of time. There’s not much flair to the execution, though – and some of the styling, like silver-painted plastic details, looks low-rent compared to the cabin in the excellent Volkswagen Golf.  

Basic S models come with modern essentials including air conditioning and Bluetooth connectivity with voice commands, but if you want alloy wheels and cruise control you’ll need a mid-range SE. SE Nav adds navigation, while top Premium models have auto lights, auto wipers, dual-zone climate control and keyless entry/start.

Standard Equipment

S comes with 15-inch steel wheels, four speakers, air-conditioning, Bluetooth, cloth upholstery, electric front windows, front fog lights, USB and Aux inputs.

SE adds 16-inch alloy wheels, front arm rest, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control, electric driver’s lumbar support, rear electric windows, Flex Steer, leather wrapped steering wheel and gear lever, rear parking sensors.

SE Nav adds power folding door mirrors and a touchscreen navigation system.

Premium adds 17-inch alloy wheels, automatic lights and wipers, dual-zone climate control, electric driver’s seat adjustment, electric parking brake, front wiper de-icer, headlight washers, HID headlights, heated front seats, heated steering wheel, keyless entry and start, leather seat trim, rear luggage net.

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What's the Hyundai i30 Tourer (2012 – 2017) like to drive?

The Hyundai i30 Tourer has a straightforward engine range. There is one petrol choice – a lacklustre 1.6-litre with peak power of 120PS – and two diesels. Both are 1.6-litre, with either 110PS or 136PS, paired to a smooth and accurate six-speed manual as standard or, optionally, to an even smoother seven-speed auto.

For the majority of buyers a diesel will be the best choice, but even the most powerful 136PS variant is far from potent. That said, for motorway cruising or overtaking the i30 is fine. We'd avoid the petrol altogether, though - it's old-fashioned and lacks punch.

With a diesel the i30 Tourer very good indeed. The cabin is quiet, the controls are light and the suspension provides good ride comfort even when the road surface gets lumpy. Most versions have cruise control and a speed limiter, so average speed cameras and long trips are straightforward and easy.

The i30 Tourer is good around town too - the light clutch, steering and gear change make stop-start traffic effortless. Unfortunately, on a country road the steering is a bit too light, giving little feedback even when the Flex Steer settings are changed to weight it up. Despite that fact, the i30 is predictable, stable and capable through bends – it’s just not much fun.

The petrol engine doesn’t provide very competitive running costs, with official economy of 42.8mpg and emissions of 150g/km. The diesel options are better – the 110PS manual has official economy of 72.4mpg and emissions of 102g/km, while the 136PS variant has the same emissions and is officially just 0.1mpg less frugal.

Engine MPG 0-62 CO2
1.6 42–43 mpg 11.2–12.3 s 150–158 g/km
1.6 Automatic 41–42 mpg 12.3 s 158–162 g/km
1.6 CRDi 110 64–72 mpg 11.5–11.8 s 102–115 g/km
1.6 CRDi 110 Automatic 50 mpg 12.7 s 149 g/km
1.6 CRDi 110 DCT 67 mpg 12.2 s 109 g/km
1.6 CRDi 128 63–64 mpg 11.2 s 115–117 g/km
1.6 CRDi 128 Automatic 50 mpg 12.1 s 149 g/km
1.6 CRDi 136 72 mpg 10.2–10.5 s 102 g/km
1.6 CRDi 136 DCT 67 mpg 10.9 s 109 g/km

Real MPG average for a Hyundai i30 Tourer (2012 – 2017)

Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance

79%

Real MPG

38–62 mpg

MPGs submitted

43

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New petrol car with tow bar nose wight 90kg or more - recommendations please?

I currently drive a diesel Hyundai i30 Tourer, but due to a growing family and changing interests I am looking to change it. One of my main requirements for the replacement vehicle is that it needs to have a tow bar nose weight of 90kg or more, but not much longer than the I30 Tourer due to parking restrictions. I was considering the Hyundai Tucson 1.7 CRDI SE Nav but with the current ground swell against diesel cars I am undecided. My budget is £20k to £30k could you recommend a petrol vehicle that would meet these requirements?
Sorry, we don't carry that information in a readily accessible databank. But for £20k to £30k the answer might be the new Hyundai Tucson / KIA Sportage 1.6 T-GDI GT manual: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/kia/kia-sportage-2016-range-road-test/ Or, very much cheaper, the £15,000 Dacia Duster 1.2 TCe 125 4WD that has a six-speed 'box and is correctly geared for towing: http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/road-tests/dacia/dacia-duster-laureate-tce-125-2016-road-test/
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