What do vanilla, chicken supreme and the Hyundai i30 have in common? The answer is that all three are known for being safe, inoffensive but dull choices. At least, that’s what we’ve come to expect since the first generation i30 went on sale back in 2007.
But times are-a-changing and there’s now a third generation of Hyundai’s hatchback ready to challenge the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra hierachy. Changes have been made under the skin to spice up the driving experience and there’s a classy new look, too.
From launch there’s the option of a five-door model, with estate, coupé and hot hatch models following in due course. The range of engines and trims is narrower than that of some rivals, but there’s something to suit most mainstream buyers.
All i30s offer decent value for money and come with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. Couple that to an excellent reliability record and good levels of standard equipment, and the i30 certainly seems to remain the sensible choice. The question is, can it offer more?
Read on to find out in our full review and find out which is our favourite version.