The Hyundai i30 Tourer was revealed by the company in March 2017, at the Geneva Motor Show. The newest Elantra to enter the market, it is being expected that the car will be a great hit, and if the responses of the audience at the show are anything to go by, we know that the car will be stiff competition for the other SUVs in the market. The car will be released on the market for sale sometime in the first quarter of 2018, and excitement is already in the air. The car isn’t road tested yet, but there was enough information as to understand what the car will look like and what the specifications will be. Here’s what we understood about the Tourer at the auto show.
As far as appearance is concerned, there doesn’t seem to be too many changes; the car looks pretty much the same as the standard i30 model. Materials used on the inside and outside of the car are pretty much above average, and the infotainment system from the hatchback has been retained in all versions of the model. The dashboard is clean and classy, much like the hatchback version. The exterior of the car is a bit of a pleasant surprise; Hyundai seems to have attempted a sporty look with this one. With the roof spoiler and the sloping roof, the car looks impressive and attractive at first glance. In fact, this might be Hyundai’s way of testing whether the market is ready for the release of the rumored sports version of the i30. The red and black color theme of the interior, along with the steering wheel and seats mirroring sports cars add to the sporty feel of the Tourer.
As far as could be gleaned from the display at the auto show, the Hyundai i30 Tourer will come with a variety of options in engines. There is a catch though; not all the options will be available at the same time. Apparently, at the time of the launch, customers will only have the option of availing the single diesel engine. While the other options will be available after some time, it can be assumed that the diesel engine available at launch will be able to meet peoples’ demand, considering it will be a 1.6-liter engine with a torque upwards of 280 Nm, and horsepower of 109. The other options to be available soon are also likely to be pretty impressive, what with the 1.0 liter 3 cylinder turbocharged engine, and the 1.4-liter turbo four. Horsepowers on both these engines are likely to be higher than 120, and both options will probably come with a dual-clutch gearbox or a 6-speed manual.
The i30 Tourer has not made many changes in terms of design, but there have certainly been some improvements in terms of features. These changes are expected and not much of a surprise since such upgrades are regular in new versions. For instance, the i30 will include a wide array of electronic driver aids, such as Pedestrian Warning System, Automatic Emergency Braking, Lane Keep Assist, and Driver Alertness Warning. Besides, the LED lights, the anchoring and tethering points, and the 12V socket are all important and useful additions to the Hyundai i30 Tourer. Apart from these, some of the other models will also come with High Beam Assist, Bind Spot Detector, Speed Limit Information Function, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, and Rear-Cross Traffic Alert. The dashboard has a new feature: the eight-inch touchscreen in charge of the navigation, which is also compatible with Android Auto, Apple Car Play, and LIVE.
Better than the hatchback?
The answer to that question really depends on the user. For those of us who look first and foremost for practicality in a car, the Tourer will probably appeal more than the hatchback. Take a look at the boot, for instance. The Tourer comes with a significantly more spacious boot at a storage capacity of 602 liters initially; that increases to 1650 liters once the seats have been folded back. Besides, there is also a lot of storage area in the form of multiple compartments under the boot floor. That, along with the high horsepower and potentially high level of performance of the engines may actually make people [prefer the Tourer to the hatchback.
On the other hand, the i30 Tourer is likely to be in the high-end range of the price spectrum. This means that some users at least will lean away from the Tourer, even if by a small percentage. Now we cannot be for sure how the Tourer will perform on the road, but if the specifications are anything to go by, it can be hoped that the car will be well worth the price.