The ride is cosseting and there’s plenty of grip and poise in corners. The only grumble is that the steering, while accurate, is devoid of feel; as a result, the i30 is less engaging than the likes of the Ford Focus.
Inside, you’ll find a wide range of kit, including a parking camera and touchscreen sat-nav. The driving position is good and the seats are comfortable, but some of the controls could be better laid out.
Practicality isn’t overtly compromised, with room for adults in the back and a large boot
Should I buy one?
Overall, the three-door Hyundai i30 is a stylish choice that should prove easy to live with and cheap to run.
It’s an effort worthy of consideration alongside the more commonly chosen mainstream rivals, including the Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra.
Those who need to carry passengers regularly, however, may find the five-door version a more sensible choice thanks to its easily accessed rear seats.
Hyundai i30 3d Sport Nav 1.6 CRDi 128PS
Price £19,990; 0-62mph 10.9sec; Top speed 122mph; Economy 68.9mpg; CO2 108g/km; Kerb weight 1421kg; Engine 4cyls, 1582cc, turbodiesel; Power 126bhp at 4000rpm; Torque 192lb ft at 1900-2750rpm; Gearbox 6-spd manual