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Solid, if not quite spectacular yet, the new Hyundai i30 is now notable for far more than its price and warranty

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Can the second-generation Hyundai i30 challenge for class honours?

13 February 2012

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13 February 2012

[quote Autocar]Keep the engine spinning in the peak torque band of 1900-2750rpm and it’s a fairly brisk unit. Power can rapidly drop off below this and it runs out of puff towards the 4000rpm mark, but learn to master the six slick ratios yourself, ignoring the generally misleading advice of the gear shift indicator, and progress can be swift. [/quote]

This reads to me - "underpowered". 126bhp only, really? I know I keep on about this but they really could do with a unit with more grunt.

Other than that this looks to be a very competent and competitive car that lacks the last little bit of polish to make it desirable (well as desirable as you get in this class of car).

I am surprised they haven't done more in respects of ride and handling but then they feel they've hit a successful formula that generates sales, why bother?

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

13 February 2012

It looks like a decent engine, but despite being a high spec version, over £20k just seems incredibly steep for a Korean car in this segment.

13 February 2012

[quote TegTypeR]This reads to me - "underpowered". 126bhp only, really? I know I keep on about this but they really could do with a unit with more grunt.[/quote]

Underpowered really? It appears that only the new 130bhp Renault/Nissan 1.6 diesel is more powerful. Besides that I find it an oddly looking car. It is not attractive nor ugly, it just tries so hard to be good looking that the end result is not successful.

13 February 2012

[quote Fidji]over £20k just seems incredibly steep for a Korean car in this segment.[/quote]

I agree, but then Hyundais are no the longer bargain basement cars they once were. As most of their cars are now decent and are as good as, if not better than, some rivals Hyundai appears to be charging more for the privilege, but many buyers will simply look at the badge and say I'm not paying that for a Hyundai.

But the other side of the story is that the i30 will still be cheaper than many rivals. A top spec Focus hatch now costs over £23k.

Another thing is that that Hyundai, and Kia, are able to make very good and competitive cars. Something which many Japanese marques seem to be struggling to do at the moment.

13 February 2012

The waist line, as is the norm today, seems very high on the rear doors. I wonder if small people will be able to see out? :(

13 February 2012

I think it looks great, compare it to a 130/140 bhp golf, focus, civic etc al and the price makes sense I think, especially given the trim level. I find the performance puzzling. 130bhp and it can't weigh any note than my current civic, only 10bhp less yet about 3 seconds slower to 60, can only assume its a gearing thing again or maybe a smaller capacity diesel with bigger turbo is starting to hot its limits here.

13 February 2012

Looks like a facelifted Mazda 3 to me. But that's probably a good thing.

And it does seem expensive: not compared to list prices since no-one in their right mind would pay those. Compare to the price from a broker who will sell you a brand new 20,000 Focus diesel for 15,000.

13 February 2012

Isn't it funny how manufacturers make you want things that you've never thought of before. After reading this article I've begun to realise how awful it is being able to see my windscreen wipers from the inside.

13 February 2012

[quote Big S]And it does seem expensive: not compared to list prices since no-one in their right mind would pay those. Compare to the price from a broker who will sell you a brand new 20,000 Focus diesel for 15,000.[/quote]

You state that this Hyundai is expensive because nobody pays list prices and then go on that a £20k Focus can be bought for £15k. Surely the same applies to Hyundai's as Fords through brokers?

For example a current model Hyundai i30 1.6 diesel is currently offered on the "Honest John" website through a broker for £10.5k.

13 February 2012

I assume that all of the cabin's aluminium-look trim is in fact silver-painted plastic? Wish manufacturers would stop blighting their cabins with this tat, asap.

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