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.
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.