What is it?
Since 2008, the Hyundai i30 has been a cornerstone of the Korean manufacturer’s range with over 800,000 sold in Europe alone. Its success has been down to a simple recipe of affordability, reliability and good amounts of standard equipment. All very well, but Hyundai is aware that with such strong competition amongst C-segment hatchbacks, such as the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, it needs to offer even more.
Cue the third generation i30, a car that's based on its predecessor, but said to be signifcantly improved. Thanks to a higher concentration of high-strength steel, ‘performance-oriented’ shock absorbers and 10% faster steering, Hyundai are promising a more dynamic drive without sacrificing ride comfort.
There’s also more room for people and luggage, as well as plenty of new technology. Wireless phone charging and the Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring apps are all included on mid-range SE Nav models and above. With talk of the i30 being a car for everybody, does it rival the class best or is it a Jack of all trades, master of none?