Hyundai I30 Hatchback

We say Hyundai decides to mix it with the big boys – and does a good job. The i30 holds its own against the market leaders, even if it's utilitarian and rather

We say Hyundai decides to mix it with the big boys – and does a good job. The i30 holds its own against the market leaders, even if it's utilitarian and rather dull.Performance 1.4-litre petrol engine producing 108bhp is a great all-rounder and probably the best of the Hyundai i30 range. It’s surprisingly lively and handles anything you can throw at it.Emissions Between 115 and 152g/km is decent, but around 60mpg combined in diesel i30 models is fantastic.Driving Like the rest of the ‘i’ range the i30 is comfortable, taking even the worst roads in its stride. It isn’t the most involving drive however, and steering is very light.Feel Petrol engine is quite noisy and there’s a fair bit of road noise. Wind noise is kept to a minimum however, and diesels are quiet enough.Space It’s one of the most spacious cars in the class, with the amount of rear legroom really standing out. The boot is a bit disappointing, in both size and shape, making it awkward to fit shopping or luggage in. 340 litres extends to over 1,250 with rear seats stowed.Equipment Kit levels are where Hyundai can really take on the likes of Ford and Vauxhall.  CD player with MP3 and iPod compatibility, alloys, adjustable driver's seat height and lumbar control, front and rear electric windows, a cooled glovebox, heated door mirrors, air con and remote central locking are standard on the i30.Price The i30 is keenly priced and running costs are manageable. The i30 is rammed with standard kit and offers a five-year warranty – generous for the sector.Quality It’s solid enough, but it’s not hard to find were Hyundai has cut costs; hard plastics and flimsy instruments are evident in the i30’s cabin.Safety Stability control, six airbags and front head restraints are on all models. The i30 received a maximum five Euro NCAP stars when retested.Pros Lots of space, cheap to buy, comfortable ride, good safety kit.Cons Lack of boot space, somewhat unrefined engines, some cheap interior trim.Alternatives Vauxhall Astra, Citroen C4, Seat Leon, Kia Cee’d

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