Hyundai i30 Review: 1.6 CRDi 110PS Blue Drive (2012)

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Hyundai i30

Review: 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive (2012)

see it quite the same way (they been in the business of making for more than 40 years) but the crop of Hyundai cars are the we need to compare with the in sector, instead of focusing on cost.

In a way, the latest are the tricky #8216;second album#8217;; the of the first really appealing offering has to be replaced by properly credible and with real substance. A in other words.

So we come to latest i30 with expectations it can stand up to the scrutiny required to it a serious offering on equal terms. Not #8216;good for the price#8217;, but good, stop.

That expectation was even before the new i30 hit showrooms VW boss Martin Winterkorn hit the when his poking and prodding of the i30 was on video at the i30 launch in Geneva, as he to find anything that or shook and couldn#8217;t even solace in the dimensions of the i30 with his measure.

But a well-built Hyundai i30 enough on its own to challenge the kings of sector #8211; the VW Golf and Focus #8211; even if it is a starting point. The new Hyundai i30 to be properly appealing, good to at, nice to drive and easy to with. Is it?

Hyundai i30 – inside and out

Hyundai#8217;s Design#8217; may be bordering on European but it#8217;s pretty convincing There#8217;s nothing that #8216;budget#8217; in the way the new i30 looks, from its corporate grill, LED driving and slightly bug-eyed headlights the DNA from the i40 showing through  to a back end that has more a hint of modern Alfa about it.

In fact, it looks a slightly better take on the Giulietta#8217;s rump with a line flowing down the waist to the bumper and bigger It#8217;s a convincing arse.

nothing #8216;budget#8217; in the way the new i30 looks, its hexagonal corporate grill, LED lights and slightly bug-eyed a back end that has more a hint of modern Alfa about it.”

The better than decent doesn#8217;t offer promises the can#8217;t keep either, the i30#8242;s interior being modern Hyundai.

That comfy seats, an appealing and dash with controls and, on the whole, intuitively laid out with a defined centre console, defined by chrome-effect trim.

plenty of room too, enough head room for our 6#8242; testers and still in the back seats for proper sized people. Even the not a bad size, and even on this Active trim i30 you get split rear seats.

Equipment are pretty decent too #8211; as the Active trim is just one up the i30#8242;s trim ladder with Bluetooth with voice, Cruise, Start, leather steering and gear knob, rear sensors and AirCon all on offer.

And Martin Winterkorn was right the interior of the new i30 is very well together. There are no rattles or and, even though of the trim could do with a notch up, just about has good tactility and looks too.

Hyundai i30 –  Performance on the road

we have here is the new i30 with 1.6 litre diesel Blue with a modest 108bhp and of 97g/km, perfect for giving the and Boris no return for using roads. That 97g/km emissions in to official economy of 76.3mpg. A headline number but one which is the real world.

We averaged although we did see over 60mpg on a run.

That#8217;s not a criticism of #8211; all the official economy for eco cars are good for little than comparison with cars #8211; and we#8217;re sure that driven the new i30 could give an owner a average.

But the eco credentials of the i30 do have an on its performance. It#8217;s not exactly to 62mph at 11.5 seconds it feels better up to 40mph, is where most driving is and although it#8217;s very at motorway speeds #8211; with a bit of wind noise its long gearing does a change down if you want to in a decent time frame being baulked.

“The i30 can cope with and ridged roads every bit as as the Focus or Golf, and even the road blat #8211; as as you#8217;re not thinking about #8211; is appealing.”

Hyundai i30

And its that performance in higher gears probably cost us in economy It#8217;s an issue if you like to on, but if you#8217;re a bit of a plodder then the i30 feel more than acceptably lively town and a gentle foot make it much more than it was in our hands.

But even if world economy is a victim of the eco the i30 Blue Drive has, absolutely nothing wrong the way it drives. The i30 can cope with and ridged roads every bit as as the Focus or Golf, and even the road blat #8211; as as you#8217;re not thinking about #8211; is appealing.

The sophisticated setup on the i30 #8211; it has a multi rear suspension #8211; it a very pleasing car to drive, you drive. It handles sweeping with alacrity, absorbs with aplomb and even a very good job of turning in albeit with a bit of understeer even at modest speeds and the only thing we weren#8217;t thrilled with was the steering.

Hyundai#8217;s Flex Steer a choice of three modes, are basically a progression of #8216;feel#8217;. But all really do is make the steering progressively heavier really changing the amount of you get. We ended up leaving it in #8211; neither too light not too #8211; but, although accurate, it#8217;s perhaps the link in an otherwise very setup.

Hyundai i30  – Verdict

We clear from the off that we treat the i30 as anything less a pretender for the joint crown Golf hold in this That alone is an indication of how far has come and illustrates why competing from the likes of PSA and Renault to make a real impact in sector.

From a convincing both inside and out, to a spec level and great on road, this latest i30 is very able and very

“The i30 may not have quite the of the Focus when you want to on, and badge snobs may baulk at the i30 over the Golf, but in every way the i30 has the measure of its main competitors.”

The i30 may not quite the measure of the Focus you want to push on, and badge may baulk at choosing the i30 over the but in every other way the i30 has the measure of its competitors.

The Hyundai i30 isn#8217;t #8211; it#8217;s a bit safe and we#8217;d prefer it to be a bit livelier in and the steering is no better than #8211; but they are relatively gripes. But, for what worth, our resident #8216;plodder#8217; the Hyundai is the easiest drive.

No longer the option, the i30 does, nevertheless, offer as standard for its £17,995 than the Golf or Focus and also with Hyundai#8217;s all encompassing year warranty, making a argument for its inclusion in the top three in this sector.

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