New turbo Hyundai i30 Wagon is a hardworking Korean transporter

The Hyundai i30 Wagon dashboard features gadgets, such as a 9-inch infotainment screen, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control and keyless entry with push-button ignition. The Hyundai i30 Wagon ha
The Hyundai i30 Wagon handles directional changes and sweeping bends well, like a typically well-sorted European estatePHOTO: DAVID TING
The Hyundai i30 Wagon dashboard features gadgets, such as a 9-inch infotainment screen, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control and keyless entry with push-button ignition. The Hyundai i30 Wagon ha
The Hyundai i30 Wagon dashboard features gadgets, such as a 9-inch infotainment screen, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control and keyless entry with push-button ignition.PHOTO: DAVID TING
The Hyundai i30 Wagon dashboard features gadgets, such as a 9-inch infotainment screen, a wireless charging pad for smartphones, automatic dual-zone climate control, cruise control and keyless entry with push-button ignition. The Hyundai i30 Wagon ha
The Hyundai i30 Wagon handles directional changes and sweeping bends well, like a typically well-sorted European estatePHOTO: DAVID TING

The Hyundai i30 Wagon offers greater practicality than the i30 hatchback and is a cost-effective transporter

If the local motor trade was the World Cup tournament, Hyundai's i30 Wagon would be the equivalent of an own goal by the South Korea football team.

This is because for just $5,000 more than the five-door i30 hatchback, the estate variant provides a lot more value and could cannibalise sales from its sister model.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 23, 2018, with the headline 'A better bet'. Print Edition | Subscribe