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Hyundai i30 2009 Review

With the same smart Euro styling as the i30 hatch, the CW is just a little longer to allow for more room in back, but not too big that it becomes unwieldy and impractical on city streets.


Like the standard i30 the CW Sportswagon enters the market with a choice of two engines – a 2.0litre petrol and a 1.6litre diesel. Our test car was the former and it puts out 105kW at 6000rpm and 186Nm at 4600rpm. The automatic CW has combined fuel figures of 7.7l/100km and emits 183g/km of CO2.

A four speed automatic transmission with Hyundai intelligent vehicle electronic control (HiVec) with override lockout and lockup torque converter gets power to the wheels.


Retaining the same Euro styling as the i30 hatch, the CW looks almost identical but for the slightly larger rear side windows and longer rear overhangs – allowing for the wagon.

As you’d expect the CW Sportswagon is a little longer and higher than the standard i30 at 4475mm and 1520mm respectively, but is no wider.

A 50mm larger wheelbase also contributes to the roomier interior.


Head, leg and shoulder room are marginally larger in the CW – and most of that can be seen in the back. But the difference really is negligible with a combined 52mm increase across all those areas.

Hip room has decreased by 16mm. But the significant increase, of course, is the space in the back – this is the wagon version after all. With the back seats up, the cargo area has increased to 415 litres from 340, and with them down it has climbed to 1395 litres, from 1250.

Again, the CW keeps the original i30 interior styling. A fresh, clean light and airy cabin, relatively clutter free, minus the Hyundai-of-old cheap and nasty plastics.


On top of the comprehensive airbag package, the i30 CW Sportswagon comes stacked with all the latest and greatest safety features including ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution, electronic stability control, traction control, and a reverse sensing warning system.


The Hyundai i30 CW range starts at $20,890 for the manual SX and tops out at $28,990 for the automatic Sportswagon.


Wigley says

Hyundai claims the new CW is a combination of style and ‘fun’ctionality. Clever. But really it’s just a little longer than the standard i30 and doesn’t look too much different at all. Which in a lot of respects – aside from originality — is a good thing.

We all should know by now how much better Hyundai is travelling as far as brand reputation goes, and the i30 is responsible for a huge chunk of that positive feedback. So, the CW – crossover wagon – maintains the same standards and again is a good looking unit with that Euro flare.

Arguably the best feature is its size. It’s not as big as a standard SUV, which makes it perfect for a small city dwelling family, but the extra length allows for a decent cargo area even with all the seats up.

On the road the CW is a comfortable, firm drive. The quality of the interior now means that not only does it look well made and neatly designed, but nothing rattles.

The seats are supportive but maybe a pinch on the flat side and there is more than enough head and leg room in the front and back.

My wife likened me to the automatic transmission because it could never decide quite what to do in pressure situations – which, besides being a silly comparison — made merging and overtaking a little worrying at times, but never a panic. We felt a manual would have been a better choice.

Everything about this car felt substantial and solid and its now really becoming quite obvious these days that Hyundai are standing proud in a trembling market.

Verdict: 7.9/10

Halligan says

Hyundai is creeping into Honda territory. And it is not by stealth and it is not a slow offensive.

The i30CW is a great family car, and it feels more like a car than a small to mid-size people mover. Hyundai are the aggressive movers in the market at the moment and have been able to keep well and truly out of the global recession limelight. I can’t help but think they may come through the other end of the economic downturn as one of the winners.

I can’t help but compare the i30 to a Honda as to me it is the closest thing on the market, and I say that as a compliment to Hyundai. With the i30CW, Hyundai have been able to come up with a car that should appeal to hatch, sedan and small people-mover buyers. The overall packaging sits somewhere between all three.

While the Hyundai is still just that little bit short in some of the final finishing touches that Honda excel at, (no pun intended), the Hyundai is now close enough that all traditional Honda buyers short be opening their eyes and considering this over say a Jazz. With the best ANCAP safety rating for any Korean built vehicle, achieved through quality design, Hyundai have announced that they will be a force to be reckoned in the mainstream market.

My only criticism lies with the transmission, we drove an auto and it was lacking in finesse and had an annoying change pattern. But overall — a great step forward for an automaker on the move.

Rating 8.2/10

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