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The Top Gear car review:Hyundai i30
Running costs and reliability
The i30 ought to come into its own, here, with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty no doubt a major draw for buyers looking for something rational. Only Kia’s seven-year warranty might be a bigger pull. Worth noting the i30 N’s five-year warranty covers track use, too; we’re struggling to name another car whose warranty won’t be void for problems caused after 30 straight laps of Cadwell Park.
Running costs should be nice and low, too, though only a manual-equipped diesel drops down to 99g/km and free road tax. The other drivetrains get pretty close, mind, and our favourite setup – the manual 1.0 petrol – emits 115g/km, putting it in tax band C with a 20 per cent BIK rate.
You also get five years of roadside assistance with an i30, while the sat nav’s maps boast free updates for seven years, an offer which Hyundai reckons could save you as much as £1,000. Quite how many people actually update their maps means we think that should be taken with a slight pinch of salt, but it’s still a nice gesture.
The i30’s boot space – 395 litres with the back seats in place, 1,301 litres when they’re dropped – is notably more than a Focus, Golf or Astra, but not quite best in class. You’ll find more in a Peugeot 308, for instance. But the i30 does offer a ski hatch…