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Hyundai’s C-segment estate

Korean car giant Hyundai has revealed its i30 estate which will go sale in the UK at the start of next year.

Like its 5-door hatchback sibling, the i30 estate was styled at Hyundai’s European Design Centre in Russelsheim, Frankfurt and is the next stage in the company’s plan to ‘fully establish itself as a European manufacturer’.

Tony Whitehorn, Hyundai UK managing director, said: “The C-segment is the critical segment to be competitive in. It caters for all needs; families, singles, couples, and company car drivers, with a full mix of hatchback, sports, coupe, cabriolet, mini-mpv and even cross-over models. Hyundai realises that to compete, we must be in a position to offer a mix of such models to cater for a variety of customer needs.”

The i30 estate will feature a USB port for connecting portable music players, a built-in roof rack and repeater lamps built into the side view mirror housings.

Compared to the hatchback, the estate is longer by 230mm, taller by 50mm and has a longer wheelbase (up 90mm).

From launch, the i30 estate will be available with 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

The new estate will be shown for the first time at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The i30 five-door hatch will arrive in UK showrooms this summer.

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