The new and refreshed Hyundai i30 is the South Korean manufacturer's offering for the incredibly competitive family hatch market. It goes up against stiff competition from the likes of the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and Vauxhall Astra, all of which are established and trusted names. With its economical engines and spacious, comfortable interior, it is certainly a serious competitor.
When the original i30 was launched back in the late 2000s, it proved that Hyundai could offer the same levels of practicality and economy as its pricier European rivals. Now in its second generation, which has also been subjected to a facelift, the i30 continues this trend.
The car serves up some of the best boot space in its class, and plenty of room for passengers in both front and back. More handsome and refined styling means the i30 is now a rather attractive car to behold, and can hold its own in the looks department when lined up next to more premium family hatchbacks.
Rounding out the good news list is a range of good engines that will more than cater to the needs of the average i30 buyer. The diesel engines are particularly noteworthy, owing to their rather frugal fuel consumption figures. For added comfort and driveability, buyers can now also spec their new i30 with a seven-speed double-clutch gearbox.
Behind the wheel, the i30 doesn't make for a terribly exciting drive, but this is not what the car has been designed for. On a run to the shops, school or the office, it is an easy car to drive, with light - if a little vague - steering, and plenty of low-down grunt to get you off the line quickly.
Our verdict on the Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi 110PS BlueDrive SE Nav
With a more handsome appearance, affordable price tag, a range of economical new engines and plenty of space for families and all the clobber that comes along with them, the i30 makes for a sensible choice. While it may not serve up the best driving experience, it is perfectly competent around town, and is a comfortable cruiser on the motorway.