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5/10

Overall
verdict

The first one was good, and this one is even better. Hyundai’s Golf goads the Golf with a very well judged refresh.

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  • Either someone’s slipped something into my drink, or this is a Korean car you actually might want to buy
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    Why not go for a VW Golf? It is The Real Thing after all

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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.

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