Hyundai i30 Wagon Revealed

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The wagon variant features a more tapered roof line than the Hyundai's current small wagon sold in Australia, known as the i30 Tourer.

Due to make its first public appearance at the Geneva Motor Show this month, the new i30 Tourer inherits the same new looks as its hatch sibling but with significantly more boot space.

The i30 Tourer's sleek design does not compromise boot space: with 602 litres of space (VDA 211) and 1,650 litres (VDA 214) with the seats folded, it has one of the biggest boots in the segment.

Inside, the Korean manufacturer offers the i30 Tourer with an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system which features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the vehicle is also equipped with wireless phone charging capabilities.

The 2017 i30 Wagon will be offered with four engine options.

High praise here, too: the i30 Wagon gets the same standard and commendable roster of safety kit as the hatchback.

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Styling then however, apart from the obvious estate back-end, is the same at the front but its does benefit from full-LED headlamps and the vertical LED daytime running lights. Driver Attention Alert, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detector, and Lane Keeping Assist System are also a part of the safety package. "With the new i30 Wagon we are now introducing the next body type, offering elegance and versatility for everyone". Things are still respectable - although not quite ass impressive - with the rear seats folded, where the i30 Wagon's 1,650-litre capacity trails the Octavia Estate's by nearly 100 litres - and it's here where the tapering roofline is likely to be felt.

The i30 Wagon offers customers a spacious and elegant interior with a horizontal layout and free floating screen for the infotainment system. A wireless charging system for smartphones with the Qi standard is available as well.

Power will come from a range of compact turbo engines, starting with a three-cylinder petrol making 118 hp (88 kW) and stretching to a 138 hp (103 kW) four-cylinder petrol.

The engineers of Hyundai Motor Europe's Technical Centre in Germany enhanced the driving dynamics of the New Generation i30 in a rigorous testing programme throughout Europe and on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife.

Hyundai has also confirmed that it is working on a i30 N hot hatch that is tipped to boast 200kW and be equipped with a limited slip differential.

Autonomous emergency braking (AEB): it won't be long before this becomes mandatory on all new cars, as experts reckon it reduces rear-end collisions by 38%.

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