What Is It?
The Hyundai i30 Tourer is a compact Hyundai wagon revealed at the Geneva Auto Show. And while it’s likely that the i30 Tourer won’t make its way to the U.S. market, there’s a chance it could come here as the Hyundai Elantra wagon. That’s because the i30, sold in overseas markets as a 5-door hatchback and in the U.S. as the Hyundai Elantra GT, is based on the U.S. market Hyundai Elantra — and that means the i30 Tourer is essentially a station wagon version of the Hyundai Elantra.
As a result, the i30 Tourer’s exterior styling is familiar for anyone used to the recently redesigned Elantra. The i30 uses the same front end as the Elantra sedan, though the rear end is given the wagon treatment for more cargo space. And while the i30 Tourer uses a different interior from the Elantra — highlighted by the infotainment system that’s tacked on to the dashboard, rather than integrated — overall sizing is roughly the same.
Under the i30 Tourer’s hood, Hyundai is offering three powertrains: a 118-horsepower turbocharged 3-cylinder, a 138-hp turbocharged 4-cylinder and a 109-hp turbodiesel 4-cylinder for improved gas mileage. Manual or automatic transmissions are offered, while technology includes a lot of the latest features, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Although it’s unlikely that the i30 Tourer will be sold in U.S., we suspect prices would start in the low-$20,000 range if it did make it here.
When Can You Get It?
Possibly never, as Hyundai hasn’t offered a wagon version of the Elantra since the 2012 model year; but wagon fans can hold out hope.
Add It to Your Shopping List Because…
The Hyundai i30 Tourer would be an excellent choice for shoppers who want family car interior room with economy car sizing. While it remains to be seen whether Hyundai will sell the model in the U.S., we hope it makes its way over here — as it seems like a great combination of practicality, fuel efficiency and manageable sizing.
Other Cars to Consider
2017 Honda Civic Hatchback — The recently released Civic Hatchback doesn’t offer the wagon-like practicality that the i30 Tourer would — but it boasts sporty styling and highly efficient powertrain options.
2017 Mazda3 — The Mazda3 hatchback doesn’t quite have the station wagon practicality of the i30 Tourer — but it’s likely more fun to drive, and it certainly boasts more available horsepower. We’re also impressed with the Mazda3’s high level of equipment.
2017 Volkswagen Golf SportWagen — While the Golf SportWagen is a little bigger than the i30 Tourer (and likely more expensive than the small Hyundai would be if it came stateside), VW’s small wagon boasts impressive equipment and excellent build quality.
Used Audi allroad — The Audi allroad, which went on sale for the 2013 model year, boasts a luxurious interior, standard all-wheel drive, and a sporty — yet efficient — turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Its only problem is high pricing — so a used model is probably worth a look.