As most members of the C-segment hatchback fraternity tend to do, the i30 typifies all that is good and bad about its maker’s approach to building cars.
On the one hand, there is an attention to detail that speaks to Hyundai’s ruthless inclination for benchmarking.
Much of what the i30 Tourer does well – its quietness, comfort, practicality and functionality – feels like the product of an objective measuring tape.
But on the other hand, where a subjective, imaginative or emotional input is required – be it in the tuning of the chassis or the polish of the engine or the ambience of the interior– all too often, Hyundai defaults too readily towards the nondescript centre of a marketing Venn diagram or the aggregated outcome of several focus groups.
What results is an i30 that performs adequately across the board but rarely reaches to exceed expectations or express itself beyond the numbers.
It makes the car entirely fine – but an also-ran down to its very core. That means the i30 doesn’t make it into our top five lagging behind the Peugeot 308, Vauxhall Astra, Ford Focus, Skoda Octavia and the imperious Volkswagen Golf.