$22,990 – $31,390
Good: Impressive features & great value; Diesel’s got excellent fuel economy; A quality small family wagon.
Not so Good: Spongy brakes; Overly light steering feel; Less attractive than the sleek i30 hatchback.
Design and Engineering
Good : Initially Hyundai designed the new i30 wagon exclusively for European markets, but the economy changed and so did Hyundai’s decision to bring the i30 Wagon to Australia.
Arriving Down Under in February 2013, the German-designed, Czech-built i30 Wagon comes in the choice of two variants – Active and Elite.
Both models get a fancy grille design, daytime running lamps, 16-inch alloy wheels (with a full size spare), rear spoiler with LED brake light and a set of roof rails as standard.
The Elite model gets LED side mirror indicators, illuminated exterior door handles, side mirror puddle lamps and a satin chrome ‘look’ beltline molding.
From the front the i30 Wagon looks the biz, featuring a fancy chrome grille, sleek eagle like headlights, fog lights and a couple of strong character lines that run vertically down the bonnet.
Not so good : A small family wagon just isn’t as fashionable as a compact SUV to the majority of Australians. The i30 Wagon doesn’t quite pull off the design as well as the hatch due to the bloated rear-end.
Interior and Styling
Good : This is where Hyundai have really been kicking butt, the i30 Wagon features a modern-looking dash design with soft touch quality plastics.
The front seats are supportive and offer up plenty of side bolstering while the steering wheel adjusts for both tilt (up & down) and reach (back & forward) allowing drivers to find the perfect driving position.
There’s a whole host of storage compartments and four cup holders on offer.
The i30 Wagon’s stretched wheelbase generates extra rear space, which means more legroom in the back. Likewise, the body is almost 200mm longer so rear cargo space, with the second row seats up there is 528 litres of cargo space of offer, up 150-litres over the hatch. With the second row seats folded (almost) completely flat there is 1642 litres on offer, carrying a surfboard or a couple of mountain bikes inside isn’t an issue.
The Active gets a 5-inch colour touch screen with Bluetooth connectivity, AUX and USB inputs while the Elite gets a 7-inch with satellite navigation with Bluetooth connectivity, AUX and USB inputs.
Not so good : It’s a small family wagon so don’t think three large adults will be truly comfortable sitting next to each other in the rear over longer journeys, but it does the job for short trips.
Good : There’s two engines available with the i30 Wagon. The punchy 1.6-litre turbo diesel is an excellent choice for those who do a lot of driving, it manages 94kW of power and 260Nm of torque when matched to a 6-speed manual (6-speed auto optional) – not only is the diesel relatively powerful, it’s also very economical out on the open road.
The 1.8-litre petrol also has adequate power, managing 110kW of power and 178Nm of torque when matched to a 6-speed manual (6-speed auto optional). The petrol has smooth power delivery and feels quite good throughout the rev range.
Our pick of the bunch has to be the diesel, it’s a well rounded performer, power and fuel economy, it’s also pretty quiet while sitting idle at the lights.
Not so good : Petrol engine is too noisy and lacks the punchy torque of the diesel. However, at higher revs the turbo diesel can also become a bit noisy.
Ride and Handling
Good : The competent, comfortable ride & handling is better than a number of it’s competitors. The extended wheelbase (over the hatch) see’s a noticeable ride improvement – in fact, very few compact SUV’s ride this well. Hyundai says that they have fine tuned the i30 Wagons ride and handling for Australian driving conditions and it shows.
Not so good : When pushed too hard, the i30 Wagon becomes unsettled, it’s no sports car with the front wheels pushing wide (understeering) in a corner, although it’s no surprise considering the excellent low pricing and wagon bodystyle.
Buying and Owning
Good : Excellent value for money, the best part about Hyundai is that they pack a lot of gear into their cars. Just some of the standard features include 16-inch alloy wheels, rear spoiler, roof rails, keyless entry and hill-start assist – just to name a few.
Safety features include Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist System (BAS).
There’s also seven airbags including driver and front passenger, driver’s knee, driver & front passenger side (thorax) and full length side curtains, this ensures a 5 Star ANCAP rating.
There’s also peace of mind in knowing that Hyundai back the i30 Wagon with a 5 year unlimited kms warranty, 3 years’ capped price servicing and 12 months roadside assist.
Not so good : The the i30 Wagon weighs more than the hatch and the popular petrol & auto transmission combo provides only average real world fuel economy.