VW has just launched the new Golf Variant. The new Hyundai i30 station wagon is already at the start a moment longer. It is also available as a mild hybrid and in a chic sports dress. And that is not an empty attitude even with 159 hp, as the practical test by ntv.de showed.
Station wagons in the vehicle portfolio are above all a friendly addition from the manufacturer to the German customer base. The Hyundai i30 is no exception, which is of course also available in the new edition in this version. Even if Tucson and Co. have long since dug out the enemy of the VW Golf Variant. The masters of payload not only have the advantage that you can stow a lot in comfort, they are also clearly superior to their colleagues in the SUV guild in terms of driving dynamics.
And that is exactly where the i30 Kombi wants to score. The test car optically underlines this attitude by pulling up as an N-Line, i.e. in a very sporty costume. In addition to LED lights at the front and rear, this includes an exhaust system with double tailpipes, a sporty radiator grille, tightened aprons at both ends, a sports steering wheel, pedals and seats and, on request, 18-inch aluminum wheels. That makes something, it looks good, but it could also just be accessories.
But it is not, because under the hood is the latest generation of engines in the form of a four-cylinder gasoline engine with turbocharging and direct injection. It releases 159 horses into the paddock and generates a maximum torque of 253 Newton meters, which is already delivered to the front wheels from 1500 crankshaft revolutions. But there is also a 48-volt starter generator, which supports the combustion engine with 16 hp every time it accelerates. The energy for this comes from a lithium-ion storage battery, which is located under the luggage compartment floor and has a capacity of 0.44 kWh. It is charged by recuperation when braking or coasting and controlled by the electronics of the dual clutch transmission (DCT). From a technical point of view, the test car is therefore a mild hybrid.
And as far as the performance data is concerned, there shouldn’t really be anything to complain about. The i30 station wagon accelerated to country road speed in a brisk 8.8 seconds and there is no stopping it up to a speed of 210. It’s fast, fun, and amazingly well. However, there are a few small restrictions, because the interaction of turbocharger, DCT and Boost does not go smoothly right from the start. The accelerator pedal seems a little too soft at first, so the foot presses over the response point faster than desired. At first nothing happens, then suddenly the car cracks open, as if it were about to start the next DTM race. This reaction is particularly unpleasant when parking or leaving a parking space when the i30 makes a bold leap in the direction of another vehicle.
Even those who accelerate too hard at the traffic lights or when overtaking on the country road will always feel a strange counter-pull, as if a rubber band were attached to the front and back of the car. Only when the pedal is gently moved towards the floor panel, when the force can develop linearly, do the components work together splendidly. The DCT switches smoothly and the 1.5 tonnes live weight of the i30 station wagon is moving forward. You can give it wings by setting the drive mode switch in the center console to Sport. That would also be the moment to determine the pace using the paddle shifters, which are by far the best in this class.
It doesn’t bother at all that Hyundai did without an extra firm or even adaptive chassis for the sporty cornering in the N-Line, because the 4.58 meter long Korean can be guided quite dynamically through the bends thanks to a very direct steering. He hardly tends to understeer and pulls his path precisely. At such moments, you actually imagine that you can feel that the test drives of the i30 models took place largely on the Nürburgring. And those who lean into bends so spontaneously will also learn to appreciate the sports seats included in the N-Line equipment, which not only offer excellent lateral support, but also ensure that the seat does not get tired over long distances.
You won’t get tired of praising the noise insulation and the good workmanship of the Korean built in Nosovice, Czech Republic. On the other hand, the jubilation about consumption is not quite as big. The test average was 7.7 liters, which is a bit high in view of the manufacturer’s information of combined 5.4 liters over 100 kilometers. Sure, the consumption can be reduced with a brisk driving style with the preset eco mode at every start, but to do that, you have to be a bit of a joke. Especially since the constant eco-regulation is annoying. Even if you were previously in Normal, this setting is not binding for the electronics.
Let’s take another look at the space available in the i30 station wagon. After all, this vehicle variant is an interesting alternative, especially for families. There is no mistaking the trunk: 602 to 1650 liters are available here. But as lush as it is in the luggage compartment, the second row is just as tight. Even if the driver exceeds the height of 1.80 meters, the knees of passengers in the rear could get tight. Children are unlikely to have any problems, but adults will if their fidgety legs keep kicking their parents’ seat.
But let’s take a look at the price of the i30 station wagon. Those who do without the luxury of the N-Line already described and can then also modest with 110 hp can start from 19,486 euros. Those who like it sporty and chic and with the features of a navigation system, 10.25-inch color touchscreen, traffic sign recognition, digital cockpit, automatically dimming interior mirror, rain sensor and lane following assistant will pay more.
It becomes even more expensive when the little helpers in the form of adaptive distance control systems, emergency brake assistants, electric parking brakes, knee airbags for the driver and lateral and blind spot warnings are ordered. That all adds up to the price that you would have to pay for the test car: 34,498 euros. That may seem lavish, but is still almost 2000 euros less than a similarly equipped VW Golf Variant.
|DATA SHEET||Hyundai i30 Kombi 1.5 T-GDI 48V-Hybrid|
|Dimensions (length / width / height)||4.58 / 1.79 / 1.47 m|
|Empty weight (DIN)||1549 kg|
|Loading volume||602/1650 liters|
|engine||Four-cylinder petrol engine with 1482 cc displacement|
|transmission||7-speed dual clutch transmission|
|System performance||117 kW / 159 PS at 5500 rpm|
|drive||Front wheel drive|
|Top speed||210 km / h|
|Tank volume||50 liters|
|Max. Torque||253 Nm / at 1500 – 3500 rpm|
|Acceleration 0-100 km / h||8.8 seconds|
|Standard consumption (extra-urban / urban / combined)||5.0 / 6.5 / 5.4|
|Test consumption||7.7 l|
|CO2 emission||124 g / km|
|Base price||30,013.00 euros|
|Price of the test car||34,497.81 euros|
Conclusion: The new edition of the Hyundai i30 Kombi is a really successful vehicle in terms of driving technology. In addition, the Korean shines with high processing quality and excellent noise insulation. The four-cylinder with 48-volt technology is a powerful, if not quite as economical engine. On the other hand, it is really fun, guided with a gentle foot in combination with a crisp chassis. And as high as the price of 35,500 euros may seem at first glance, together with the mandatory five-year guarantee you get a lot of car for the money.