The Hyundai i30 is the Korean brand’s answer to cars such as the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. As with most Hyundai products it plays things safe in the way it drives and looks – value and ease of ownership are the main attraction here.
There’s the option of three- or five-door models, with the three-door getting slightly sportier looks. 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. Ultimately, it isn’t a car for those that value image and speed, but if you’re looking for a family hatchback that’s effortless to drive, practical and easy and affordable to own it’s well worth a look.
Our favourite model is the 1.6 CRDi 110 Blue Drive SE 5dr, which is keenly priced and cheap to run.
The i30 isn’t as much fun as a Ford Focus or as urbane as a VW Golf, and its engines aren’t particularly efficient or punchy, but its all-round appeal and ease of ownership will be enough for many buyers, and Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty is hard to beat.