Hyundai i30 Review

The i30 has been one of the game-changing cars for Hyundai, as it introduced the brand to the market dominated by the Europeans. And it did a great job elevating the reputation of the Korean car maker by showing the world they can offer the same quality and refinement but at a more competitive price.

The design of the Hyundai i30 is a mishmash of different features from different rivals such as Mercedes A Class, BMW 1 Series and the Ford Focus. On the whole it is an acceptable design, given the fact it is now four years old, but it could be better at places.

The front of it for example looks like a simpleton and the back is a bit too tall, which of course results in more headroom at the back, but it’s not a cool design like say Renault Megan or even Mazda 3 hatchback.

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The interior of the i30 on the other hand is pretty much perfect. You get VW Golf-like quality and ergonomy, blue backlight, and the neatly designed dashboard.

The car gets a above average equipments for its class, specailly on the 2.0 liter automatic models. It is loaded with safety and convenience features, such as 6-speaker stereo with 6 CD changer, USB and iPod connectivity, full auto air condition, cruise control, multifunction, leather wrapped steering wheel, trip computer, air conditioned glove box, auto lights, auto wipers, leather seats, 10 air bags, ABS, ESP, EBD, and…

Those were the main features we could remember! Other range-wide safety features include active front head restraints to reduce the risk of whiplash injury; passenger, driver and full length curtain airbags, a passenger airbag deactivation switch, seatbelt reminder system, belt pretensioners and ISOfix childseat fixing points in the rear.

Of course it is not without flaws. The seats for example are very uncomfortable for long journeys, the sound quality of the stereo is not very good, the calibration of the automatic gearbox which by the way is not a tiptronic is just awful, and the 2.0 liter petrol engine we have tested does not pull as well as you’d hope considering its 140 hp output, and it’s not  very economical as it averages 10 liters/100 km in city driving.

You can solve some of those problems by opting for the 1.6 diesel engine and manual gearbox.In 2011 a facelifted version of this car will be launched which we hope address its design issues. The i30 has a great potential to become the one of the best choices in the family hatchback segment.

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