At 602 litres, the i30 Wagon’s boot capacity is almost up there with the best-in-class Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf, making it a far more practical proposition than its other serious rivals, the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
You’ll have to pay for a plush trim level or spec optional extras if you want your Octavia Estate or Astra Sports Tourer to come with the same amount of protective technology as the new i30 Wagon, though: Hyundai fits all models with autonomous emergency braking, lane-keeping assistance and tiredness detection as standard.
The new wagon’s overall length grows from 4485 to 4585mm, while its wheelbase remains the same 2650mm of its predecessor and of the new hatch model (the new hatch is 4340mm long overall).
Engine options in the i30 Wagon will include three petrol units and one diesel, among them the turbocharged 88kW 1.0-litre petrol and 103kW 1.4-litre petrol engines.
Sales for the i30 five-door hatch kick-off in March. The Wagon will likely follow later in the year, with prices expected to start close to £2000 higher than the hatch, which will sell from £16,995.