Back in the day, estates were designed to be able to carry extra loads in their stretched backs and this made them very practical. However, these days carmakers are intent on slapping sloping rooflines on them. This reduces their load carrying ability and for what? To look sporty. It doesn’t really make sense. If people want a sportscar they’ll buy one. But Hyundai has revealed a teaser image of the new i30 estate which, yep, has a sloping roofline in a bid to make it you know what - but they’ve made it even roomier than the previous model.
The third generation model promises to be the most practical of them all and will make its debut at the Geneva motor show next month. Showgoers will be keen to check out the new profile; its elongated roofline and redesigned rear have increased the boot’s capacity compared to the outgoing model. It can accommodate 545 litres of stuff – that’s 17 litres more than the predecessor. We can’t tell much else about the new i30 Estate from the teaser image apart for the tapering roof but we don’t have to wait too long before all is revealed on March 7.
The drivetrain will be carried over from the five-door hatchback so that means it’ll pack a turbocharged 1.4-litre making around 138 horsepower and 242Nm of torque mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic gearbox. There’ll be another turbo, a 1.0-litre three-pot making 120 horses and there’ll also be a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre with 100 horsepower.
“The new member of the i30 family maintains the timeless design of its five-door sibling, adding elegance and versatility in its bodystyle,” Hyundai said in a statement.