Based on the can't-make-enough status of the Hyundai Elantra, the public hasn't gotten tired of Hyundai's "fluidic sculpture" design theme. Based on this commercial for the Hyundai i30, we admit that we haven't either. The five-door sold in Europe and based on the Kia Cee'd platform shows us what we can generally expect from the upcoming Elantra Touring replacement.

The last Elantra wagon didn't get big play here three years ago, but neither the Elantra nor Hyundai were in the position they're in now. In Europe, the i30 five-door will get a choice of four engines and three transmissions, but we shouldn't expect to be so spoiled for choice. Follow the jump to see the video.



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      Lester
      • 2 Years Ago
      Looks promising but I still want a sonata sport wagon. It's a largely vacant class of vehicles in the states and what better time for such a vehicle when speculators are getting us warmed up for $5/gallon gas.
        Bill
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Lester
        Yes to sport station wagon THE SONATA SS WAGON the sssw
      caddy-v
      • 2 Years Ago
      I know what I'm about to say will bring some to tears and others blood pressure will skyrocket, but to hell with it, here goes. This car, especialy the front end is downright ugly. Never before have I seen such a car that displays such lack of desingner skills. Either the designer was drunk or high on meth or it was a colaboration of Hyundai execs sitting around the local bar and deliberately decided to make one of the ugliest cars in modern times just to see how many Hyundai sheep would fall all over anything Hyundai craps out of the design studio. This monstrocity actualy makes the AMC Pacer/Gremlin, the Tiburon, the Aztec and the Plymouth Valiant look like beauty queens. If this car were to have a mother it's about the only time I would be ok with abortions.
        Alex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        You done?
          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alex
          Hyundai-WalMart, six of one half dozen of the other: http://freecodesource.com/people-of-walmart/Women-Of-Walmart/5/
          caddy-v
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Alex
          No, when I think of anything Hyundai I can't help but think of those youtube shorts of the women of WalMart. They're made for one another.
        Sal Farrara
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        Why is it the front ends of cars are starting to look like UGLY FISH?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
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        Alex
        • 2 Years Ago
        @caddy-v
        Done?
      • 2 Years Ago
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        Alex
        • 2 Years Ago
        After driving the non-Skyactiv 3, I believe it's the best compact sedan in terms of driving dynamics. Skyactiv gives the 3 the mileage to take on the Focus and Elantra. It does cost more than the Elantra though.
        jaeyoungboyeee
        • 2 Years Ago
        LOL mazda 3 has the biggest hunch on its back. let alone its overall round figure.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 2 Years Ago
        Honestly, you have no way of knowing that. The new i30 hasn't even been reviewed yet in Europe that I can find and certainly not in the US. Plus, no one knows what engine this has. It may well pick up GDI too.
          Gorgenapper
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
          I don't see how this could beat the Mazda 3 in terms of utility, seeing as the Mazda 3 is available as a hatch. And wait until the 3rd gen Mazda 3, it'll gain the rest of the SkyActiv improvements (chassis, 4-2-1 header, outside design, who knows what else) in order to push it to the head of the pack once again.
          PeterScott
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
          Actually, chances are he is correct. Mazda is a class leader on handling, feel, connectedness. Hyundai is no where near the top on handling/feel. This is unlikely to change with a new body style. That being said, I want the next generation Mazda 3 with Full skyactive, and new styling. The current one is only has a partial skyactive engine.
          gnvlscdt23f
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
          Handling and fuel economy aren't everything in a car. The new Skyactive 3 in without question in the top group in the pack, but that doesn't mean in this class, where utility is a major factor, that its fuel economy and handling make it the best choice. Besides, the previous cee'd has gotten decent reviews for handling and I'm thinking the Germans at H-K might have learned a bit in the years since it came out. And again I'd note that this car may well pick up GDI and so far most Hyundais with GDI are making their rated mileage. Again, not your or anyone else can say for sure until it hits the streets.
        • 2 Years Ago
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      mcheddadi
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want a small car, with big power, awd with rwd bias a weight in the 2400lbs and at least 300 hp. I want it mid engined . I want it to rev to 10Krpm and have two trunks. I want it to be a 2+2. s2000/cayman/evo/sti car. anything else is irrelevant to my interests.
      Junyeol Hwang
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am really proud of hyundai as a Korean. After Korean war, there was nothing left. We were the poorest country in whole world.
        Tiberius1701
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Junyeol Hwang
        I agree, but the Northern half still is...
        TopGun
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Junyeol Hwang
        And I'm proud of the United Nations service men and women that served to help liberate your country. Onto the car...ya, not a fan of the front end styling, but there are not many choices out there for those that want a little wagon. Mazda sold tonnes (metric you know!) of Protege5s...and it's hard finding a replacement.
      Mario
      • 2 Years Ago
      DO WANT!! If Hyundai brings this here this will be my choice!!
      Dean
      • 2 Years Ago
      Small cars are looking better, and better. I don't know if the stigma attached to small cars is slowly disappearing or not, but they're definitely not like what they used to be. I'd probably look at this, or one of its competitors if I were in the market for a car in this class.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Dean
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      Jason Krumvieda
      • 2 Years Ago
      These are great looking little cars but from the front they look like that creature from the first hellboy movie. Samiel...Google it and you will see what I mean.
      Renaurd
      • 2 Years Ago
      This car looks like it's giving birth through the mouth.........
      crzydavy
      • 2 Years Ago
      I test drove this and the Ford Focus and the Ford won hands down( I bought it). The Hyundai is good, much better then the Civic or the Toyota Toaster. In the end the Ford Focus won, and if Chevy wasn't charging 2000 dollars for nav at the time it would have been a much closer race.
        gnvlscdt23f
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
        No, you didn't drive this. This is a different car than the Elantra sedan you may have driven. Designed in Germany and not Korea, expect it to be more firmly sprung then the sedan when it comes.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
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          gnvlscdt23f
          • 2 Years Ago
          @gnvlscdt23f
          Idiot, he said "this" and "this" post was about the 5-door that doesn't exist here yet. Notice also how I mentioned the sedan, you moron?
        Dane Grant
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
        Good choice... I just wish the Titanium Package was available with a manual transmission...
          Dan Quasney
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Dane Grant
          hey dane, the focus titanium is getting a manual for 2012 i believe. i'll save you a spot in line just behind me :)
        David
        • 2 Years Ago
        @crzydavy
        Where would you have test-driven this? I don't think it's out yet.
      fordlepka
      • 2 Years Ago
      "The last Elantra wagon didn't get big play here three years ago" I must protest that. From what I remember, the (still current) Elantra Touring actually faired quite well, with the critics loving it's functionality and value in a clean package. I see plenty of them on the roads where I live, especially compared to its competition.
        Scr
        • 2 Years Ago
        @fordlepka
        Only problem is that they were really expensive compared with the sedan. At least a couple thou more around here.
      Classic Bob
      • 2 Years Ago
      Awesome looking metal... much better looking than Ford Focus or Chevy Crude hatchbacks. The new Dart looks just as good as the Elantra, just give us a hatchback pleeeease! Don't undertand why we're so attached to our trunks, they're soo impractical...
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