Although the car doesn’t sit atop the class – that spot is taken by the Skoda Octavia – the i30’s blend of comfort and low running costs put over quite a compelling case.
Here’s why you should consider the Hyundai i30 if you’re in the market for a family car:
5 reasons to buy a Hyundai i30
5. Rear space
The i30 provides generous space for rear-seat passengers, although not quite as much as the Skoda Octavia or Nissan Pulsar. There aren’t any door bins in the rear of the five-door model, but to make up for it there’s only a very low transmission tunnel in the centre.
4. Front space
There’s no shortage of space up front, either. Generous proportions means the i30 is roomy all-round. You’d have to be very tall to feel hemmed in and there’s enough room for long legs and big feet in the footwells. Driver’s seat height adjustment is standard across the range.
There’s a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty to keep your mind at ease, although Hyundai’s promising reliability record means you’re fairly unlikely to need it.
2. Running costs
Residual values match the rest of the segment, but fuel economy and emissions are a little worse than rivals. A large part of the i30’s appeal lies in its five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty, which few rivals can match. The ownership package also includes five years of breakdown cover and five years of free annual ‘check-ups’.
1. Ride comfort
Ride comfort is one of the i30’s key strengths; its supple ride somewhat betrays the Hyundai’s market position. Even models with big alloy wheels – which usually take away the chance of a softer ride – are perfectly comfortable.
What about buying used?
A budget of around £7000 will buy a three-year0old i30 1.4-litre petrol in Active trim. As with any car, take it for a thorough test drive before buying, although the Hyundai’s two remaining years of warranty should give you a little peace of mind.
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