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The Top Gear car review:Hyundai i30
For:Impressive update of an already impressive car
Against:Not the most exciting machine to drive
1.6 CRDi Blue Drive SE 5dr
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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.
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.
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.