Our cars: Hyundai i30 - December

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Hyundai i30
Hyundai i30
Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi 110 Blue Drive Active

Week ending December 21
Mileage 7768
Driven this week: 81 miles


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I've been experimenting with the i30's Flex Steer system, which comes as standard on Active models. It changes the weighting of the steering and gives you the option of Comfort, Normal and Sport settings.

Whichever setting you choose, the i30's steering responds quickly enough, but it doesn't provide a lot of feedback through the steering wheel.

In Comfort mode the steering is very light, which is fine around town, but not very reassuring at speed. The Sport setting isn't that different from the Normal one; it just feels rather inconsistently weighted.

So, you've guessed it, the best thing seems to be to leave it in the Normal setting. Which makes it an entirely pointless feature, I think.

By Leo Wilkinson
Leo.Wilkinson@whatcar.com


Week ending December 14
Mileage 7687
Driven this week: 125 miles


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The cold snap this week has highlighted an issue with the i30's heating system. In short, it doesn't heat up the cabin enough.

On short journeys in cold weather this is understandable, but on a couple of occasions this week I found myself still wearing my scarf and gloves to keep warm after more than an hour in the car.

The car's fan was blowing hard, but the air coming out just didn't seem to get hot enough. I don't think there's a fault, but it's something that I'll get checked out at the car's first service.

This is in stark contrast to the system in my previous car - a Honda Civic - that was among the most efficient I've experienced and got the inside of the car toasty in just a few minutes.

By Leo Wilkinson
Leo.Wilkinson@whatcar.com

Week ending December 7
Mileage 7562
Driven this week: 550 miles


On a trip to visit family in Devon last weekend the i30 revealed itself to be much better suited to motorways than hilly country roads.

The journey there - on a mix of motorway and mostly fast A-roads - was painless, because the i30 is a comfortable cruiser and its 1.6-litre diesel engine feels relaxed at speed.

Once I got to the twisty undulating roads of mid-Devon, the i30 felt far less at home. Long gearing means that frequent gearshifts are needed to maintain momentum, which often pushes the engine out of its comfort zone, where it becomes rather noisy.

The soft suspension provides decent comfort on bumpy rural roads, but it means there's quite a bit of lean through corners. The steering is rather vague, too, so the i30 isn't as enjoyable to drive as many of the cars I've driven on the same roads recently.

By Leo Wilkinson
Leo.Wilkinson@whatcar.com

Our cars: Hyundai i30 - November

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