For The cabin is spacious, classy-looking and well-finished, while the diesel engines are frugal and relatively smooth. The Hyundai i30 rides well, and the standard spec is generous.
Against The steering is lifeless and frustratingly vague around the straight-ahead. The gearshifts can be notchy, too.
There’s a lot to recommend the Hyundai i30. It provides an extremely tempting mix of talents, and all for an affordable price. It’s worthy of serious consideration.
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Hyundai is a brand that usually competes on value, but the i30 is good enough to fight its corner on merit.
We’ve driven the two higher-powered diesels and the regular petrol, and we’re happy to recommend all of them. The diesel units are strong and smooth, and quieten down nicely at cruising speeds. The 1.4 petrol is quite refined, and also pretty efficient. Overall, though, we reckon that the lower-powered version of the 1.6 diesel is the best bet.
We’d avoid the automatics unless you absolutely can’t change gear yourself; they’re a lot less economical and, it can’t match the dual-clutch transmissions offered by VW and Ford for smoothness.
Hyundai’s five-year warranty is well known, but the firm’s care package also includes five years of breakdown cover and five years of free annual ‘check-ups’. The company has also recently opened a multi-million-pound dealer service training centre as it aims to improve its customer care in the UK.
Our favourite version of the i30. A great car, especially at this money.