What Car? says...
What do vanilla ice cream, chicken nuggets and the Hyundai i30 have in common? The answer is that all three are known for being safe and inoffensive choices. At least, that’s what we’ve come to expect since the first-generation i30 went on sale, but times are-a-changing.
The third-generation version of this family hatchback has been updated to meet the ever-tougher challenges being set by rivals such as the Ford Focus, Seat Leon, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf. Changes include mild hybrid tech for its engines, to improve the economy and emissions, and an improved infotainment suite.
This isn't a one-size-fits-all car, either. While this review is looking solely at the five-door hatchback, you can also choose the Fastback or the Tourer estate bodystyles, plus there's the i30N hot hatch that's remarkably good fun to drive. That's also spawned an N Line trim for the regular i30, which adds a sporting feel without the hot hatchback running costs.
Every i30 comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and Hyundai’s are generally known for offering lots of goodies as standard. So, with all that in mind, is the Hyundai i30 the safe, sensible, and above all, wise choice for your next family car, or is the smart alternative to spend your money on one its many rivals?
At a glance
|Number of trims||3 see more|
|Number of engines||3 see more|
|Available fuel types Which fuel is best for you?||petrol, diesel|
|MPG range across all versions||44.8 - 61.4|
|Avaliable doors options||5|
|Warranty||5 years / No mileage cap|
|Company car tax at 20% (min/max)||£1,158 / £1,602|
|Company car tax at 40% (min/max)||£2,316 / £3,204|
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