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What do vanilla, chicken nuggets 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 this third generation of Hyundai’s hatchback is ready to challenge the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra for looks, handling and interior technology. Changes have been made under the surface in an attempt to spice up the driving experience and there’s a classy new look, too.
There’s a choice of hatchback (we're covering that here), Fastback and Tourer estate bodystyles, plus there's also a sporty 274hp i30N hot hatch that's remarkably good fun to drive. For much of that car’s style, without its higher running costs, there’s an N Line trim level with sharpened looks and handling but that retains the smaller engines.
Every i30 offers decent value for money and comes with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. Couple that to good levels of standard equipment compared to similarly priced rivals, and the I30 makes a very safe choice of family car. The question is, is it more than just sensible?
Read on to find out in our full review, where we'll tell you how it drives, what it’s like inside and which engines and trims make the most sense. And if you decide you want to buy an i30, make sure you check out our New Car Buying pages to find out how much you could save without any awkward haggling.