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Hyundai i30 quite an eye-opener

PUBLISHED: 18:36 19 March 2011

Value: Hyundai's i30 family hatchback.

Value: Hyundai's i30 family hatchback.

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Iain Dooley checks out the impressive Hyundai i30 compact family hatchback.

Engines – If you think only European firms make decent engines, you’re very much mistaken. Although Hyundai’s i30 line-up is modest, it’s very much a case of quality over quantity. The car’s refined petrol and frugal diesel motors deliver an impressive performance.

Exterior – It might lack the style and ‘wow’ factor of some of its more outgoing rivals, but the i30’s clean lines and sleek profile combine to make the car sophisticated and expensive-looking.

Interior – The car’s modest style aspirations continue inside, and while the i30’s cabin isn’t revolutionary it is very well built and a supremely comfortable and refined environment. There’s plenty of room fore and aft, too.

Driving – Offering a pleasing blend of refinement and ease of use, the i30 should appeal to buyers seeking an undemanding experience. The car’s light controls and good all-round visibility have been designed to suit a wide range of drivers. Overall performance is well above average and the Hyundai’s engines are particularly impressive.

Ownership – If you want a low-maintenance ownership experience in every sense of the description, look no further than Hyundai’s i30. Easy to drive, cost-effective to run and painless to own, its quirk-free character allows you to get on and do what’s important in your life.

What to look for – With most cars in the hands of appreciative private owners, evidence of abuse is unlikely. That said, always check for parking dents and kerbed wheels – like many rivals, the i30 is a popular family car. For something this new a full history is essential plus all the relevant warranty details given that is has a a five-year unlimited mileage warranty from new.

Model history – 2007, Hyundai launches new mid-size i30 family hatchback. Modest range of petrol and diesel engines boasting wallet-friendly economy and generous level of standard specification are range highlights. With a roomy cabin and refined driving experience, i30 easily matches the performance of more established rivals.

Reasons to buy – Value for money, refinement, equipment levels, ownership experience, warranty.

Reasons to beware – Unadventurous styling, brand image.

Pick of the range – i30 1.4 Comfort five-door.

What to pay – 2007 57 £6,750; 2008 08 £7,575; 2008 58 £7,900; 2009 09 8,500; 2009 59 £8,875; 2010 10 £9,425. Figures relate to showroom prices for cars in A1 condition.

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