Hyundai unveils i30 estate in advance of Geneva show


David Wilkins
Friday 24 February 2012 10:21 GMT
Hyundai's estate version of its new second-generation i30
Hyundai's estate version of its new second-generation i30

Hyundai has unveiled the first pictures of the estate version of its new second-generation i30, which will be seen in public for the first time at next month’s Geneva Motor Show.

Engine choices and running gear are carried over from the five-door hatchback, but in the interests of maximising load-space, the estate’s body is about six inches longer. The new car is also slightly longer than the first-generation i30 estate. With all seating in place, there are 528 litres of load-space compared with 378 for the hatchback. With the rear seats folded down, the amount of carrying space increases to 1642 litres.

The i30 estate was developed at Hyundai’s European R&D centre at Rüsselsheim near Frankfurt (also the home to General Motors’ German offshoot, Opel ) with European conditions in mind.

UK prices and specifications will be released later on but first-generation i30 estates typically carried a price premium of £1,000 over hatchbacks of equivalent specification. All models will benefit from Hyundai’s Five Year Triple Care Warranty, generally considered to be one of the most generous in the industry.

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