Hyundai reveals i30 estate

Hyundai have revealed their new i30 estate today, just days before it goes on show at the Geneva Motor Show. The estate joins the well received i30 hatchback to broaden the appeal of Hyundai’s mid size range.

The estate, or wagon as Hyundai insist on calling it, chares the same chassis, engines and running gear with the hatchback, but increases the body length by 18.5 cm to provide a significantly larger boot. Capacity in the back is increased from 378 litres to a best-in-class 528 litres, with that more than tripling once the rear seats have been folded down.

Designed at Hyundai’s R&D Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, the i30 is specifically engineered for European customers, with the estate being developed alongside the hatchback to allow the stylists to fashion a coherent design that bears a strong family resemblance inspired by Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ style.

As with the five-door variant, the front is distinguished by Hyundai’s hexagon grill, but differs significantly from behind the front doors. The roofline extends rearwards over the rear passenger area and boot, sloping down to add a bit of style to the estate. The rear windscreen wraps around the pillars, increasing light inside, and aiding driving visibility.

The i30 estate will be available with the same three petrol engines and three diesel engines as the five-door, producing between 88 and 133 bhp. Hyundai’s impressive Five Year Triple Care package, comprising a five-year unlimited warranty, five years’ roadside assistance, and five years of vehicle health checks, will come with the car.

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