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Hyundai’s i30 is good enough to compete against the Ford Focus and VW Golf. And with generous discounts available, it’s better value than either.
The Hyundai i30 might not be the most obvious choice if you’re looking for a medium-sized hatchback. However, it’s got a lot going for it, including plenty of standard equipment, attractive styling inside and out, plus Hyundai’s five-year warranty. Running costs should be low, while the interior is practical and the car has a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.
The i30 features a longer equipment list than many rivals; all models get air conditioning, Bluetooth and a multi-function steering wheel. Hyundai’s Triple Care warranty package is not only longer than most rivals, but more comprehensive too. It includes unlimited mileage cover, breakdown cover and free annual vehicle health checks.
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Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive Active for £14,653
Our favourite i30 is the 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive Active, thanks to its frugal engine, long equipment list and reasonable price. After a substantial discount of £3,487, this model is available for less than £15,000. Standard equipment includes six airbags, air conditioning and cruise control with a speed limiter, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally exceeding the speed limit. You also get rear parking sensors and electric windows front and rear.
This 1.6-litre diesel model provides a good blend of economy and performance, accelerating to 62mph in 11.5 seconds and returning claimed fuel economy of 76.3mpg with low enough CO2 emissions for free car tax (VED). This engine did fall short of its claimed figures in our own more realistic tests, however.
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Top-spec Hyundai i30 with £4,336 discount
If you’ve got a budget of £18,000 you could buy the i30 1.6 CRDi Premium with a discount of more than £4,300. This model is packed with equipment, including a rear-view parking camera, touchscreen sat nav, automatic headlights and wipers, and front and rear parking sensors.
Also included are automatic folding door mirrors, leather upholstery, heated front seats and electric adjustment for the driver’s seat. The 1.6-litre diesel engine carries the i30 to 62mph in less than 11 seconds and claimed fuel economy is an impressive 68.9mpg.
Hyundai i30 1.4 Active for just £12,561
For those who don’t cover many miles and want the best value option, the i30 1.4 Active is hard to beat with a price tag of just £12,561 – saving you £2,644 on the list price. This model includes all the same kit as the Blue Drive Active model, but features a petrol engine and three doors instead of five. Acceleration is leisurely, taking 13.2 seconds to get to 62mph and official economy is average at 46.3mpg.
Hot Car Deals:
- Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive Active 5dr – £14,653 at Nationwide Cars
- Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi Premium 5dr – £17,924 at Nationwide Cars
- Hyundai i30 1.4 Active 3dr – £12,561 at Nationwide Cars
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- Beware of unscrupulous brokers who tell you they will have to retain the V5 registration document for a period of time after your purchase of the car. Vehicles sold this way may be cheap, but there are legal implications, including the risk that you the buyer could be committing a criminal offence when you drive the car, so they should be avoided.