The attractive alloys — 16-inch for the i30 1. It's a family car with lots of practicality, style, refinement and standard equipment. It was a nice problem to have. The dashboard is largely the same. We normally suggest diesels only for people who travel more than 30,000km a year, because that's the tipping point to get a return on your money, although the recent drop in price at the diesel pump prompts a new calculation.
Hyundai's i30 has been shaking things up in the sales race for a few years, now more than ever. Neither is excessive, but those who value a quiet, fuss-free driving experience should take note. What You Get If there was one area where the original first generation i30 came up conspicuously short of the top family hatchbacks, it was styling. Driver info is comprehensive and in colour which my colleague Joel thinks is the best going round. Acceleration was a bit laboured low down in the diesel in particular, displaying a fair amount of turbo lag. To help it stand out, it starts below £17,000, comes with a five-year warranty and, if Hyundai is to be believed, boasts some very sporty styling.
The new-generation i30 was given its striking good looks by the team at Hyundai Motor Europe Design Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The driver and front seat passenger have 2-stage seat heaters which are sufficiently fierce on a chilly night. Good on road manners and a roomy cabin are the highlights here. The new-generation i30 will be available in a choice of two petrol variants, with power and torque outputs ranging from 95kW and 157Nm for the 1. Other than that the ride is comfortable with great suspension. No other car in this class from this era is better at soothing away tarmac imperfections.
As you might expect, the 1. If you need more space, there's the option of a Tourer estate version. Novel and gimmicky, there is a slight delay in displaying the image and there is a very audible motor sound from inside the cabin. Buyers will be offered a choice between manual and automatic six-speed transmissions, with both units providing a refined driving experience and enhanced fuel efficiency. This is not something we tested at launch, so we'll have to hold judgment until we can put these cars through a longer 'real world' test. The i30 is well made and the interior is an improvement on our recently and reluctantly departed.
With the seats folded which you can do in a handy 60:40 two-way split to carry long items and a rear passenger at once it can swallow 1,301 litres of luggage. Albeit, most of the i30s sold are at the lower end of the price scale, there are features and options for those who want a little more comfort. But I'm not worried about the numbers and the calculations as I run through to the end of my drive. The new suspension tune gives a much better driving experience, with far less understeer than the old car, banishing the usual heavy feel of the diesel. All but entry-level variants got what's called a 'Flex Steer' system, with a button on the wheel that enables you to switch between 'Comfort', 'Normal' and 'Sport' modes. Hidden behind the rear logo, both rotate to expose the camera when shifting into reverse.
The very first version of the i30 car was ahead of its time. Active safety features include Brake- and Hill Assist systems, electronic and vehicle stability management systems and brake lights which flash during an emergency stop. Actually, the company was the first to announce and launch the special Android Auto System on production vehicles. As per many electric steering systems, we recommend Normal as it seems to be the best compromise of the three settings. As for cabin space, well despite the fact that this car rides on a wheelbase no larger than its predecessor, Hyundai insists that there's more of it.
It tackles the big boys head-on. If you'd prefer a diesel i30, the 1. Thank heavens that rear parking sensors are standard on all but the most basic models. The smoother and more powerful is a 138bhp 1. You can get the Hyundai i30 with four petrol and two diesel engines and with either a manual or an automatic gearbox. Standard equipment levels are extremely generous, whilst even the standard hatchback offers plenty of room both on interior space and boot capacity.
The driving position required me to have the steering wheel pulled out as far as possible to feel comfortable. The boot has one of the largest storage capacities in its class and rear seats fold down completely flat for larger items. Here at least, the i's seem to have it. All four door bins can hold a 1. All information should be verified by an official dealership. Its refinement is good, too, with road and wind noise kept well at bay. There were what felt like lots of detailed changes throughout its life, but there was a huge difference between the Korean and Euro-sourced cars.
The economy drops with the speed in the later stages but I still think my 4. It also displays the video feed from the now-standard reversing camera. Replacement Parts approx prices, based on a 2010 1. There have also been some changes to the range line-up. Both are pretty much unchanged from the previous versions and are easy to use. The air conditioning is dual zone, too. Rear passengers even have their own air vents.
You can get both Hyundai i30 diesels and the most powerful petrol models with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox instead of the standard six-speed manual. At its launch in 2012, expectations for this model were high following the surprising excellence of its predecessor, a car that was crucial for this Korean maker. There's also a set of alloy pedals for a bit of extra tizz. As there will be several years until another facelift, the i30 is at risk of being left out in the cold. Although it may be slightly cheaper to run and buy, it's hard to ignore the fact that the more powerful, more focused i30 N starts from only £1,000 more. The interior is very similar to the i40's, which is no bad thing. Image 2 of 25 All models are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the 1.