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Hyundai i30 Fastback review

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Hyundai i30 Fastback
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14 Feb 2018 17:26 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:04

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Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The i30 Fastback is an intriguing proposition because Hyundai has taken one of the most traditional cars in the hatchback class and transformed it into something that is fractionally sharper to drive, yet noticeably less practical, leaving it in a somewhat no-man’s land.

Perhaps those sharp looks will be enough to distract buyers from the car’s shortcomings, but we’d rather have a conventional hatchback such as a Volkswagen Golf or Skoda Octavia any day of the week.

Like the rest of the i30 range, the Fastback benefits from a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty that few rivals can match. The ownership package includes five years of free annual ‘check-ups’ and five years of breakdown cover.

Unfortunately, despite the i30 Fastback’s engines being comparatively small, they’re not exactly the most advanced units, so they’re not as efficient as the class best. Fuel economy and CO2 emissions for both the 1.0 turbo petrol and 1.4 turbo petrol units fall short of the figures from rivals’ equivalent units.

Safety-wise, every i30 Fastback comes with hill start assist, tyre pressure monitoring, automatic emergency braking and lane departure technology. Step up to Premium trim and technology such as blindsport monitoring and cross-traffic systems are included, too.

The i30 Fastback has yet to be tested by Euro NCAP, but the standard i30 achieved a maximum score of five stars in its recent Euro NCAP crash test, putting it on a par with the class-leading Golf. The i30 Fastback comes with a standard alarm and immobiliser, although Thatcham Research has also yet to publish its test results.

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Verdict

Despite average dynamics and sedate performance, the i30 Fastback impresses with its range of standard equipment and top build quality

  • Simple but functional interior
  • Good levels of standard kit
  • Impressive warranty
  • Poor rear visibility
  • Engines not particularly powerful
  • Bland handling
There are 13 trims available for the i30 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
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SE Nav
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Go SE
This limited-edition trim is based on SE Nav, but adds bigger alloys, dual-zone climate control and some bespoke styling upgrades. Not a bad deal given the relatively small price premium...View trim
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Premium trim brings 17in alloy wheels, climate control, an electronic parking brake, electric seats in artificial leather, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors, as well as addition...View trim
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Premium SE
Range-topping Premium SE trim rounds things off with a panoramic sunroof, real leather seats and a heated steering wheel. We’d stick to the cheaper SE Nav trim...View trim
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N
Even the entry-level i30N hot hatch offers more toys than its rivals, including 18in alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, LED headlights, sports seats, red brake calipers, automatic lights and wipers, p...View trim
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Move up to the Performance model and, as well as the limited-slip differential, 19in wheels, sticky tyres and sports exhaust that make the Performance model go quicker and sound better, you add lux...View trim
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