Hyundai i30 Premium – new car review
While the VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra dominate the family hatchback class, there are other worthy contenders who often are overlooked, perhaps most notably the Hyundai i30.
The i30 is well-built, well-equipped, pleasing to drive and comes with a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty, so the overall package ticks most of the boxes of would-be buyers in this hard-fought sector.
Prices start at £16,995 but you need to move a notch or two up the range to get goodies such as parking sensors, sat-nav and additional connectivity features.
My test model was a top-spec Premium SE litre petrol version which had all those features plus 17-inch alloys, powered driver’s seat, part-leather upholstery, climate control, cruise control, auto lights and wipers, sunroof, cruise control, rear camera, 8-inch touchscreen and a lot of safety kit including lane departure and rear cross-traffic warnings. You also get puddle-lights and chrome detailing. Overall, it’s a great spec but does hike up the price to £24,240.
The 138 hp 1.4 litre petrol unit is smooth and responsive and delivers a sprightly 0-60 mph of 8.9 seconds and a top speed of 130 mph. Fuel economy is 52.3 mpg combined.
On the road, the i30 performs well. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard and is slick and efficient, and while the steering could provide more feedback, there is still plenty of grip and the ride is very comfortable, especially on longer trips.
Cabin accommodation is good, with head and legroom for all but the tallest rear occupants. The boot, at 350 litres, is larger than those of the Golf and Astra, and with rear seats folded – a neat one-touch action – you getting a whopping 1,301 litres. The dashboard has a logical layout with dials and controls in vision and within easy reach.
The i30 has been specially designed for the European market and its smart new look is more noticeable than the rather staid appearance of some of its main rivals. I feel it should be on the short list of anyone in the market for a new family hatchback. It impresses as a safe and dependable car and anyone who checks on out will be surprised at how good it looks close-up, and how much kit it offers. And as a bonus, its 5-year warranty beats all its main rivals!
FOR: Nice to drive, well equipped – and the 5 year warranty.
AGAINST: Steering feedback could be better.