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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 hierarchy. Changes have been made under the skin in an attempt to spice up the driving experience and there’s a classy new look, too.
There the option of a hatchback (we're covering that here), a fastback and an estate, plus there's also a sporty i30N hot hatch that's remarkably good fun to drive.
All i30s offer decent value for money and come with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. Couple that to good levels of standard equipment, and the i30 certainly seems to remain a sensible choice. The question is, can it offer more?
Read on to find out in our full review and we'll tell you which engines and trims make the most sense. And if you decide you want to buy an i30, make sure you check out our latest deals to find out how much you could save without any awkward haggling.
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