The Hyundai i30 is a family hatchback that rivals the agile Ford Focus, classy VW Golf and our current favourite small family hatchback – the brilliant Vauxhall Astra.
Launched in 2017, the all-new model gets new looks, a revised interior, improved driving experience and extra equipment.
HYUNDAI I30 INTERIOR:
All i30’s come with a infotainment screen that is used to control the majority of the car’s secondary systems, which has allowed Hyundai to cut down on conventional buttons and give the i30 a clean, minimalist design.
The construction might not be quite up to matching the VW Golf, but the i30 gets very close. Almost all the plastics feel high quality – only a swath of hard plastic on the lower portion of the dash lets the side down.
Thought has also gone into ensuring that lidded cubbies have smooth, well-damped actions and are, bar the door pockets, lined in rubber or felt.
HYUNDAI I30 INFOTAINMENT:
Basic models come with a multi-function display for the centre console,but you need to spec up to SE Nav trim in order to get the full-fat eight-inch infotainment screen.
Go for it and you not only get 3D sat-nav maps, but also a seven-month subscription to Hyundai’s connected services – allowing for live traffic alerts and looking up nearby points of interest.
The speed of operation and graphics aren’t on the level of Audi’s system but that’s reflected in the price of the Hyundai.
HYUNDAI I30 PASSENGER SPACE:
Space in the back of the i30 is decent – if not as mind-bendingly impressive as in the Skoda Octavia – headroom is good for six-foot adults and there plenty of kneeroom, too.
Up front, all models come with a height adjustable driver’s seat that means no matter how tall or small you are, getting a comfortable driving position should be easy.
An optional panoramic sunroof can be specced to give a light, airy feel to the cabin. Cloth and leather seats are available in various colour combinations and patterns.
HYUNDAI I30 STORAGE SPACE:
The i30 has no problems swallowing all the nicks nacks that come with a small family with most storage areas lined with felt to stop things rattling about.
All of the storage areas, including the glovebox, are decent in size and there’s a nifty place at the bottom of the centre console to put your phone.
HYUNDAI I 30 ENGINE:
There is a range of petrol and diesel engines to choose from, but a new 1.4-litre T-GDI turbo petrol grabs the biggest headlines.
It’s quicker and more fuel efficient than the outgoing non-turbocharged unit and is 14kgs lighter to boot.
It can be partnered with either a six-speed manual transmission or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission
ALLOVER SCORE: 4.5
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