Hyundai is one of those manufacturers whosesuccess keeps on going up and up, and a large portion of that is due to this, the i30 hatchback.
To keep things fresh Hyundai has now unveiled the all-new version here behind me, whichit says is now roomier inside, better equipped and better to drive than the last one, aswell as better looking.
We’re here on the car’s launch in thesouth of Spain to find out what else is new.
Step inside and you’re greeted by this redesignedcabin, which features a decluttered control layout for better ease of use and I thinka much fresher appearance that’s a big improvement on the previous car’s slightly dark interiorIt’s nice and comfortable, spacious too, and comes packed with handy tech.
A five-inchtouchscreen is standard though there’s also the option of this larger eight-inch floatingscreen, along with Apple Carplay and Android Auto, the option of a wireless charging matfor your phone and a TomTom sat-nav.
Five trims are available with this PremiumSE sitting at the top of the range.
Extra goodies for this car include heated and cooledleather seats, plus a heated leather steering wheel.
Hyundai has also put a lot of focus on safety, with this new model coming with a whole hostof safety kit like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control and a new driver attentionalert system to name but a few.
Just like the last i30 there’s decent amountsof leg and headroom in the back here, and Hyundai claims that this car now has the bestspace in its class.
The seats are comfortable, there are twin ISOFIX attachments for childseats, along with two cupholders in the armrest.
There’s 395 litres of boot space with the 60/40 split seats up; fold them down and there’s1,301 litres, more than the Focus, the Golf and the SEAT Leon.
That’s the interior and practicality, but what about how the car drives? After all,Hyundai says that it’s worked hard to make the i30 a better drivers’ car, even goingso far as to undertake extensive Nurburgring testing to further refine it.
Among the changes are a lightweight body, revised suspension for better handling andthe steering is now 10% more direct.
Body control is good and it feels a good bitsharper than the previous car, though the steering still isn’t particularly feelsome.
Slightly better to drive it may be, but this is still strictly a family car and focusesmore on comfort and everyday usability, and it makes for a capable cruiser.
Also new to this car is the option of a 138bhp 1.
4-litre turbocharged petrol engine, whichcomes with a six-speed manual as standard though we have the optional seven-speed dual-clutchauto.
It’s solid, reasonably punchy and accelerateswell, able to hit 62mph in 8.
9 seconds, though we reckon the 1.
6-litre diesels will stillappeal more to UK buyers.
Pricing starts from £16,995 for the entry-levelmodel, while the range-topping Premium SE starts from £23,495.
In terms of consumption this 1.
4 can return up to 55.
4mpg with CO2 emissions of 125g/km,though it remains to be seen how well those claims will hold up in the real world.
The i30 also comes with Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited mileage warranty for added peaceof mind.
Smartly styled, comfortable and well-equipped,the i30 is now a better family car option than ever.
It still remains to be seen what the economy of its new engine is like and it still isn’tthe best car in its class to drive, but it’s easy to see why the i30 has been so popular,and as an everyday all-rounder it’s still one of the smartest options out there.