The South Korean automaker has decided to make crossovers feel jealous off the third-generation i30 Wagon because the model is apparently rooting for the most practical title in the segment.
The new generation compact station wagon has European flavor because it was penned in Germany and will be manufactured in the Czech Republic – and its biggest asset will for sure be its massive behind, as in a boot that can engorge up to 602 liters of luggage. Go for the absolute hauling capacity and with the rear seats folded it will be capable of eating up 1,650 liters of things. To put it into perspective, the predecessor was good for 528 and 1,642 liters, respectively. By the way, its sibling – Kia’s cee’d SW – will most likely come in 2018 with the exact same credentials.
Aside from the modified rear, the i30 hatchback is present all over. It has the same 2,650-mm wheelbase and width of 1,795 mm. Additionally, the same powertrains are also available. You can have a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-liter gasoline unit good for 120 hp (89 kW), a bigger four-cylinder 1.4-liter with 140 hp (138 kW) and diesel fans will have reasons to rejoice: the 1.6-liter CRDi is here with its 95, 110, and 136 hp versions. Engine choice accordingly, the i30 Wagon can be had with a six-speed manual gearbox or a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic.
Just like the hatch, the wagon also has a wide family of safety and equipment systems, including Advanced Smart Cruise Control and Autonomous Emergency Braking – or optional Lane Keeping Assist System, Blind Spot, Rear-Cross Traffic Alert, and High Beam Assist, among others. Optional perks also include things such as full-LED headlights, wireless charging, rearview camera, and an eight-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay integration.