The original Hyundai i30, released in 2007, was a surprise hit. At the time, the Korean manufacturer wasn’t known for quality, but the i30 soon changed things. Well priced, stylish and reliable, the i30 changed the public’s perception of Hyundai and their cars. 2013 sees Hyundai updating the i30 in a bid to fend off fierce competition from its rivals. This review will examine whether the second generation i30 is a worthy successor to the i30 name.
The 2013 i30 has discarded Asian design sensibilities in favour of European design cues with a sharper and cleaner look that appears more modern than its predecessor. The new i30 is, without a doubt, a beautiful car. The interior has also been updated with a minimalist uncluttered design. This gives the interior an understated and contemporary look that is pleasing to the eye.
The i30 will come with either a 1.8 litre petrol engine or a 1.6 litre diesel engine. Both engines are very capable, with impressive 0-60 performance and above average fuel efficiency.
One of the main criticisms of the first generation i30s was the ride. With the new i30, Hyundai have addressed a number of these criticisms producing a car that is smooth and fun to drive. A tweaked suspension system and the addition of a new ‘flex steer’ system allow the new i30 to tackle roads with ease.
The second generation i30 is an upgrade over its predecessor in every way. With an RRP similar to that of the first generation i30, the new i30 will also retain its predecessor’s great value for money.
For drivers looking to purchase a stylish and powerful hatchback, the i30 deserves a place at the top of every shortlist.