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Hyundai i30

£14,420£23,540
7/10
Overall verdict

For: 

Impressive update of an already impressive car

Against: 

Not the most exciting machine to drive
The first one was good, and this one is even better. Hyundai’s i30 goads the Golf with a very well judged refresh.

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Our choice

Hyundai

1.6 CRDi Blue Drive Active 5dr

£18,540
N/A
76mpg
11.50s
110bhp
97g/km

What we say: 

Able family hatchback is about much more than its five-year warranty: it now has genuine appeal

What is it?

This second-generation i30 is very much an evolution of the original. That caused a stir amongst European makers and Hyundai’s hoping this will carry on doing so. This time, a three-door option joins the five-door.

Driving

It’s generally a quieter, smoother and more sophisticated version of the original: a bit like a VW Golf, in that it won’t surprise or thrill, but will satisfy. New 1.6 petrol is good too.

On the inside

The cabin was a weakness before, so Hyundai’s upped the style here with swoopy design and a very well configured touchscreen sat nav. It’s roomy and practical too.

Owning

It no longer undercuts the European competition but you get a lot more for your money. With some very fuel efficient engines and that excellent warranty, the i30 makes an even stronger case for itself here.

Highlights from the range

Title 0–62 CO2 MPG BHP Price
The fastest
1.6T GDI Turbo 3dr
8.0s 169g/km 38.7 186 £22,150
The cheapest
1.4 Classic 3dr
13.2s 139g/km 47.1 100 £14,420
The greenest
1.6 CRDi Blue Drive S 5dr
10.6s 94g/km 78.4 110 £17,140

Wildcard

How about something completely different?

Wildcard

7/10

Volkswagen Golf/Golf SV

£17,540£35,465
Why not go for the car the i30 yearns to be, the Golf? It is a lot pricier but it is The Real Thing