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Affordable and gadget-packed Hyundai

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: March 11, 2013

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Hyundai i30 TourerSTYLE NAV 1.6 CRDi 128PS

Priced £23,590 on the road

YOU don’t get much for your money anymore — unless you buy a Hyundai i30 Tourer - writes Stephen Sinfield.

Budgets are considerably tight nowadays and so car buyers are having to settle for vehicles which suit their budgets rather than cars which suit their requirements.

Manufacturers continue to roll-out feature-packed cars, but to benefit from the latest gadgets, safety advancements and luxuries, you often have to splash out some serious cash.

The i30 Tourer breaks this mould — for less than £21,400 you can not only own an estate-sized car with a 1.6 litre engine, you can also enjoy the comforts of a built-in satellite navigation system, colour reversing cameras, dual zone climate-controlled air conditioning, heated leather seats, keyless entry and touch-screen audio system with six-speakers.

Warranties are not usually something I write about in a review, but when you’re buying something packed with so many gadgets and gizmos you need to be sure that they are going to continue to work once you drive off the forecourt.

All Hyundai’s come with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty complete with roadside assistance and annual vehicle health checks — so no worries on that front then.

Powering my i30 Tourer was a 16-valve diesel engine delivering 0-62mph in 11.2 seconds and a top speed of 120mph.

Fuel economy was excellent at 64.2mpg and this can be bolstered in standstill city traffic with the intelligent stop and go engine management system.

Emissions are also low at just 115g/km meaning that road tax is just as affordable as the vehicle itself.

The i30 is available in a few different guises — as a super-trim three-door model or as in my case, an impressively spacious estate.

The Tourer is designed to transport large numbers of people and large amounts of luggage in comfort.

Luggage capacity for the Tourer with all seats in place is 528 litres — larger than most similar-sized vehicles — and with the seats reclined this rises to 1,642 litres.

There’s even under floor storage options for valuables and extra capacity.

Your burning question is probably how does it handle and how well does it perform?

The week I had to review the Tourer was the week when Frosty the Snowman certainly came to town as the country endured it’s first major snow flurry of the year.

Schools closed, office-workers used the ‘working from home’ excuse and airports grounded flights.

In store for me was a 20+ mile drive to the Derbyshire Dales each day to work and the Hyundai handled superbly.

The i30’s electronic hill start assist, electronic stability programme (ESP) and Flexi-Steer (comfort, normal and sport) all had their time to shine throughout the week as the climatic air conditioning, heated seats and six-speaker stereo system kept the journey stress-free.

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