Our cars: Hyundai i30 - June 2012
Week ending June 29
Driven this week 150 miles
Read the full Hyundai i30
The latest addition to our long-term fleet is a new Hyundai i30.
We've gone for the 1.6 CRDi 110 diesel engine, which emits just 97g/km of CO2, and averages 76.3mpg. We've combined this with Active trim, which gives you 15-inch alloys, air-conditioning, and front and rear electric windows.
First impressions are excellent. The i30 is a handsome car, and ours looks better for the optional (£445) metallic aqua blue paint, though, as is common with other modern Hyundais, this was actually one of only five colours currently offered. On top of that the cabin is roomy and good-looking, and the build quality impressive; this car has the Focus and Golf clearly in its sights.
My first journey in it was a 350-mile round trip from Teddington to Manchester, and the i30 dealt with motorway traffic and the complexities of the new Salford Quays development extremely well. It cruises quietly and rides well, and I arrived both there and home feeling impressed with the car, if not with the traffic.
More importantly it returned an average 53.1mpg, which is not 76.3mpg but was not bad considering the multiple hold-ups on the M6 and the M25, and the clogged urban bits at either end. I'm quite sure we'll be achieving more than that in the future.