There's an £1,100 model-for-model premium to pay if you want this Tourer estate version of the i30, rather than the standard five-door hatch. Pricing starts from around £17,000 - that's a slightly higher level that the hatch because with the Tourer, you don't get the option of the entry-level 1.4-litre petrol engine.
All four of the i30 Tourer's trim levels - S, SE, SE Nav and Premium - are very well finished. Even the entry-level model gets Bluetooth connectivity and voice recognition, multi-function steering wheel and air conditioning. Body-coloured door handles and mirrors are standard on the entry level trim, along with LED daytime running lights. This means that no i30 is going to leave the showroom looking like it's just been winched up from the bargain basement, a factor that can only enhance the car's public perception. Electric windows are fitted all round, there's air-conditioning and remote central locking is also standard, along with an MP3-compatible CD stereo.
Safety hasn't been overlooked and the i30 features ESP (Electronic Stability Program), ABS (anti-lock braking system), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management) and an Emergency Stop Signal that flashes the brake lights if you have to suddenly throw on the anchors. In terms of passive safety, the i30 is fitted with six airbags as standard - front, side and curtain - while a driver's knee airbag is optional. Hyundai expects the Tourer to account for 15 per cent of the i30's overall sales. The SE 1.6 CRDi 110PS Blue Drive model is forecast to be the most popular variant, with 45 per cent of total i30 Tourer sales expected.