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The Hyundai i30 is an extremely stylish and competent hatchback that's worth a second look. Standard equipment levels are extremely generous, whilst even the standard hatchback offers plenty of room both on interior space and boot capacity.

As will all Hyundai models, the i30 comes with a 5-year warranty as standard to give peace of mind. The i30 features a striking interior and a range of frugal engines which offer a great blend of performance and economy, not to mention a host of standard safety features which give the Hyundai a five-star Euro NCAP safety rating.

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Welcome to our review of the Hyundai i30. It's a family car with lots of practicality, style, refinement and standard equipment. In our video review it's shown in 5dr form, but there are 3dr and Tourer versions too offering versatility depending on your needs.

On the outside of the i30, all models get LED daytime running lights, front fog lights and electric and heated door mirrors. Estate models get roof rails as standard.

Safety is provided by anti-lock brakes, an electronic stability programme and 6 airbags, all of which helped the i30 to achieve the maximum 5 stars for safety in its Euro NCAP crash test.

Engine options for the i30 include 1.4 and 1.6 litre petrols, which achieve 47 and 42.8 miles per gallon respectively. The 1.6 can also be mated to an automatic gearbox, and provides good performance from 120PS.

If you'd prefer a diesel i30, the 1.6-litre CRDi can be specified in 110PS or 128PS states of tune. The Blue drive 110 achieves impressive combined fuel economy of 76 miles per gallon, and if you drive it carefully enough, the i30 can actually do 890 miles on a single tank of fuel.

Inside the i30 the first thing you'll notice is the stylish dashboard, which incorporates a striking centre console and premium instrument binnacle.
All i30s come with air conditioning, Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, electric front windows, and USB connections. Extra convenience is added by the steer-wheel mounted audio controls, and the glove box that is cooled by the air conditioning.

Active models will add cruise control, electric rear windows, leather steering wheel and gear knob, and FlexSteer which allows the driver to choose between Normal, Comfort and Sport steering settings to suit your driving style.

Round the back of the i30, you'll find one of the largest boot capacities in its class at 378 litres for the hatchback and 528 for the Tourer. On the hatchback in our video review, this can be extended to 1,316 litres with the rear seats folded down.

The i30 is a practical, stylish and well-equipped model that's very cheap to run, and comes with a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty for total peace of mind.

Evans Halshaw Hyundai