The renewal of Hyundai’s medium car line-up continues a pace, with the second model in the range, a cargo carrying Tourer, arriving in showrooms now. It’s all part of a threepiece masterplan that includes the hatchback, estate and a new silhouette for the Korean car maker, a fivedoor Fastback that arrives next year. There’s also a snarling 271bhp Focus RS-rivalling i30 N, but that slurps from petrol pumps.

Sitting exactly 10 centimetres longer than before, and marginally narrower, the latest i30 Tourer boasts a boot that is larger by 74 litres with the rear seats up, and gains 8 litres with the chairs tumbled down. All manual variants are powered by a 108bhp version of the 1.6-litre CRDi engine, while automatic editions gain a more powerful 134bhp unit. This move means that the new i30 is more fuel efficient, with lower CO2 emissions, though predictably has a lower top speed and a slower acceleration figure to 62mph. The new car is lighter than its predecessor by a hefty 159kg, though still retains a maximum braked towing figure of 1,500kg. The design refinements have resulted in insurance costs dropping, thanks to a reduction of one group compared to the outgoing car. Turn the key and there’s some recognisable diesel clatter, but that becomes subdued when on the move. Even if you’re driving in a spirited manner, it’s never raucous, and at a motorway gallop the sounds are nicely hushed. And the quiet demeanour is true of wind and road noise, too, though on certain surfaces a booming sound can be heard from the empty space at the back. The lower powered engine is certainly no ball of fire, though performance feels alright riding the wave of torque in third gear. The transmission is slick and easy to flick in and out of gear, and is married to a light clutch. There’s very little in the way of lean when cornering, but we wish there was more feel to the steering. The tyres are grippy, but it ultimately lacks the fun factor that you’ll get in a Ford Focus. It’s easy to place around town, and thanks to the standard fitment of rear parking sensors on all diesel i30s, you can avoid parking scrapes. Ride comfort is generally composed, though it can get caught out by larger bumps. The Tourer is at its element on the motorway, where it munches the miles with ease, suiting its quiet, refined nature.

Sitting on the same length wheelbase as before, cabin space appears to be pretty similar, with lots of headroom front and back, and generous proportions for rear occupants to spread out. Boot capacity is impressive, too, with extra storage under the boot floor in a series of compartments. The loading sill is low, too, making it a versatile and handy load lugger, especially as the chairs fold down completely flat. Equipment levels are generous, with all versions except the cheapest diesel SE featuring a navigation system with a floating touchscreen. It’s neatly positioned and easy to operate with big buttons. Cabin quality at first glance is good, though there are some harder, cheaper plastics and some of the buttons feel lightweight compared to the items you’ll find in a VW Golf, for example. The dashboard top is soft, though a middle band is fabricated from hard plastics, which jars with the overall impression of quality. The white on black dials are easy to fathom, and the driving position is multi-adjustable to accommodate drivers of all shapes and sizes. Oddment storage is catered for by decent door pockets, a good sized cubby in the armrest, a wellproportioned glovebox and a lidded cubby hole in front of the gear lever for smaller items.

With an industry beating five-year warranty as standard, buyers have extra peace of mind. It’s a shame that the more powerful 134bhp edition of the 1.6-litre CRDi engine is only available to automatic customers, as this would address some of the complaints about the car’s lethargy. As a smart-looking load lugger, the i30 fits the brief as one of the roomiest cars in its class.

On sale | Now In showrooms | Now
Prices | £20,315 to £25,785
Bodystyles | 5-door estate
Engines | 1.6 (108bhp), 1.6 (134bhp)
Trim levels | SE, SE Nav, Premium, Premium SE
Also consider | Kia cee’d Sportswagon,
Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer Model tested | Premium 1.6 CRDi
Price | £23,065
Made in | Nošovice, Czech Republic
Bodystyle | 5-door estate, 5-seats
Layout | Front-wheel-drive
Engine | 1582cc, 4-cylinder, 16-valve, turbo diesel
Stop-start | Yes
Selective catalyst reduction | No
Transmission | 6-speed manual
Maximum power | 108bhp @ 4,000rpm
Maximum torque | 207lb ft @ 1,500- 2,500rpm
Top speed | 117mph 0-62mph | 11.3secs
CO2 emissions | 99g/km
Economy (urban/extra urban/combined) | 67.3/78.5/74.3mpg
Fuel tank size | 50 litres
Range | 740 miles Insurance group | 12
Company car BIK rate | 21%
Size (length/width without mirrors) | 4,585/1,795mm
Boot space (min/max) | 602/1,650 litres
Kerb/maximum towing weight | 1,310/1,500kg