The days of Hyundai furiously undercutting the competition are long gone but the firm is not above appealing to bargain hunters.

The entry-level S-trim Tourer, furnished with the 1.0-litre three-pot exclusively and Bluetooth and DAB (although no touchscreen), feels almost like an homage to the i30’s budget-pleasing origins at £17,495.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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For everyone else, the SE starts at £19,355, which is where the car acquires the 16in alloy wheels, front foglights, rear park assist and downsized infotainment screen that it’ll need come resale.

Above it, SE Nav earns the same 8.0in display as featured on our test car and can be had with the full range of engines (the 1.4-litre T-GDi being unavailable with lowlier-spec cars).

Premium trim ditches the three-pot altogether and throws in desirable items such as 17in wheels and dual-zone climate control. Top-spec Premium SE adds a panoramic sunroof, leather seat facings and a heated steering wheel.

We would expect most to choose either an SE Nav or Premium trimmed i30. Given the difference between the two is £1500, we’d take the latter trim.

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Expect running costs to be respectable rather than infinitesimal. Our test car’s 129g/km CO2 emissions are nothing to write home about (Seat’s 1.4-litre EcoTSI is 15g/km cleaner), although its 39.2mpg average is basically on a par with the 40.3mpg recorded by the Golf 1.5-litre TSI we road tested. Expect the 1.0-litre T-GDi to do a little better, but not by much.

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