Hyundai i30 Tourer (2012 – 2017) Review

Hyundai i30 Tourer (2012 – 2017) At A Glance

Honest John Overall Rating
A highly appealing small estate car, the Hyundai i30 Tourer offers more carrying capacity than you’d think from its exterior dimensions.

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

-Petrol engine isn’t great. Not as enjoyable to drive as a Ford Focus.

Insurance Groups are between 9–13
On average it achieves 79% of the official MPG figure

By the time the Hyundai i30 Tourer arrived in 2012, the South Korean company had nailed down its recipe for mainstream models. A generous new warranty, good equipment levels, economic engines and solid build were all guaranteed. The estate also has plenty of space to take on rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf and big-selling Ford Focus. Read on for our full Hyundai i30 Tourer review.

Affordable to run, well made and practical, the Hyundai i30 Tourer is a sensible alternative to the default choices of Volkswagen Golf or Ford Focus when it comes to a smaller estate.

Running costs are low and owning one should be a painless experience as a used car.

The maximum load capacity is 528 litres with the seats up, and 1642 litres with them folded.

That means the Hyundai 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 Hyundai i30 Tourer has a 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. Plus, there’s plenty of storage for small items in the cabin.

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 usable, since there is no bulky transmission tunnel to eat into legroom.

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 Hyundai 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 healthy amount of low-down torque.

Refinement is very good and the controls are light, making the Hyundai i30 Tourer 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 Hyundai 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 Hyundai i30 Tourer makes a great choice.

Fancy a second opinion? Read heycar’s Hyundai i30 review here.

Ask Honest John

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: 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:
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Need a reliable used estate for under £4500

"I need to buy a used estate car for under £4500. It must be stylish and reliable. As mileage under 6000 a year, I am not too worried about MPG but needs to be an automatic. What should I look at? "
KIA cee'd or Hyundai i30 1.6 auto SW. Quite rare. Very reliable. Or an Outback or Legacy.
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Hyundai i30 autostop

"I bought this car with 13,000 miles on the clock, 9 months after 1st registration. It has now done just over 15,000. It took me a little while to realise that the Autostop was not working and I asked the local Hyundai repairer to look at this when it went in for its 12 month service recently. They told me that the battery was too low at 70% to enable Autostop to work & kept the car overnight to re-charge the battery. I've had the car back 9 days now & the problem seems to have come back. Because it is winter I am not doing many long runs, mainly trips of 5 to 10 miles in an urban setting.The garage have suggested I use a trickle charger but this seems ridiculous. Have you come across this problem anywhere else and have you any other suggestions please? "
Simply you are not driving the car far enough and putting enough charge into the battery for this system to work. So you either need a trickle charger (and maybe a new battery), or you need to drive it further before expecting the stop/start to work.
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Which estate car would you recommend instead of a Vauxhall Insignia?

"We are considering buying a new Vauxhall Insignia Sports Tourer estate but the only diesel is currently 2.0 litres. Due to price differences between petrol and diesel, would it be better to look at another make and if so what would be your recommendation?"
An Astra Sports Tourer actually makes more sense because it is far more practically designed with a better-shaped load area, and you can get it with the excellent 1.4T 140PS engine. If going diesel, then the best engines are currently the 1.6DCI 130 in the Renault Megane Sport Tourer, or the 1.6 diesels in the Hyundai i30 Tourer and forthcoming new KIA cee'd SW. If you want a bigger car, the Mondeo 2.0TDCI is best.
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