Review

Hyundai i30CW wagon

A zippy car, great weekender, and efficient to boot

Hyundai turbo diesel i30CW wagon

The 1.6 CRDi turbo diesel i30CW

Credit: Paul Giggle

Product details

Product name: Hyundai i30CW

Reviewer: Carolyn Barry

Price: ~$20,000-25,000

G Rating:

4

The i30CWcar with loads of space and a sporty style. It's sold with petrol and turbo diesel engines, but it's hard to know why you'd go for the petrol. Aside from being more eco-friendly, the diesel has more pick-up than the petrol engine. Its torque is impressive up hills, as I got to test out.

The diesel engine is also very quiet. You only really hear the gentle rumble of the engine when stopped at the lights.

The 'CW' stands for crossover wagon, Hyundai's way of saying that the wagon's reputation as a family vehicle has turned.

Hyundai are taking a stab at capturing some of the SUV market, as people start to realise how expensive and ridiculously overkill they are - unless you've got an offroad use for them. There's plenty of room for gear for camping and roof racks for bikes, skis etc are no problem.

It's a comfy drive and the car has a full range of features, including one of my favourites, an ipod connector. I also tested the sportswagon (petrol) model, which is the luxury version, if you like. It has a few extras, including rain-sensing wipers. Just brilliant. Hopefully these will be a main feature in all cars - it's amazing how they work - the wipers sense when just enough rain hits the windscreen and starts wiping with the necessary speed.

The car also has a 5-star ANCAP ( Australian New Car Assessment Program) rating.

Now for the green stats:
2.0 petrol
7.3 litres/100 km (manual), 7.7 litres/100 km (auto)
CO2 emissions 174 g/km (manual), 183 g/km (auto)

1.6 CRDi turbo diesel
4.9 litres/100 km (manual), 6.0 litres/100 km (auto)
CO2 emissions 128 g/km (manual), 159 g/km (auto)

For comparison (according to the Green Vehicle Guide the Prius uses 4.4 litres/100 km and 106 g/km of CO2, which should put the i30CW turbo diesel right up there in the top 5 or so performers.

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