What's the used Hyundai i30 hatchback like?
Once upon a time, Hyundai’s mid-range family cars were packed full of shiny plastics and about as stylish as a rubber doorstop – but with the arrival of the Hyundai i30, all that started to change.
The first-generation model, built from 2007-2012, proved that the South Korean manufacturer could punt out a credible hatchback, but this second-generation model threw a little flair into the mix, with a stylish body and a tastefully finished interior that made it a genuine alternative to the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra. So it remains today, and the five-year, unlimited-mile manufacturer warranty all i30s came with only sweetens the deal.
The i30 isn’t exactly the last word in driving excitement, mind you; vague steering and lolloping suspension sees to that. But it still grips well enough, so while it’s a little bland, it’s still composed and safe. And the upside of that soft ride is that the i30 remains smooth and comfortable all the time – even when it’s fitted with big wheels. You might find it a little noisy once up to speed, mind you.
The petrol engines are responsive enough – the entry-level 1.4-litre is surprisingly perky – while the lower-powered of the two 1.6-litre diesels offers plenty of low-down grunt, making it our engine of choice. The i30 Turbo gets a 1.6-litre petrol turbo engine, but while quick enough to be satisfying, it’s no hot hatch.