First up in the series of 5 top family hatchbacks you haven’t yet considered, we take a look at Hyundai’s vastly improved i30. It’s no secret that the Hyundai brand has come on leaps and bounds over the past decade. The brand no longer offers cheap feeling, uninspiring vehicles but offer a high-quality alternative, aimed at taking on the industry giants. Interior design has become a real strong point for the brand, whilst also offering impressive levels of technology for your money.
The i30 then, specifically the latest model (pre-2020 facelift). This is a car developed largely in Europe, targeted at European buyers for the first time. The car is all new from the ground-up, sharing few parts with its predecessor. Hyundai was so confident in the build of its new car in-fact, that it offered a five-year/ unlimited mileage warranty, meaning even the oldest cars will have two years left, covered by the dealers.
The i30 was offered with both manual and automatic gearboxes. Petrol engines include a 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre engine, both turbocharged, while the 1.4 is the only petrol available with the seven-speed automatic. There is also the choice of two diesel engines, for those looking for better economy, both 1.6-litres but at two different power levels. Trim levels are plentiful, SE and SE Nav are mid-level trim with most of the technology you will ever need. At the top of the range you have the Premium and Premium SE models, both offering 17-inch alloy wheels and heated leather seats. The Premium SE really builds on the cars kerb appeal with a panoramic sunroof and heated wheel but comes at a large cost increase over the basic models.
Other Car Review in this series:
- Mazda 3 (2019 – 2020)
- Lexus CT200h (2018 – Current)
- Subaru Impreza (2017 – 2020)
- Alfa Romeo Giulietta (2016 – 2020)
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Jack Gill is a freelance car journalist and fully qualified mechanical engineer. Joining the team as Carsnip’s newest contributor and long-time writer on Drivetribe. Jack has a lifetime passion for all things automotive, from new supercars to rusty old hatchbacks, and if he’s not behind the wheel, he’ll likely be found under the bonnet or browsing the Carsnip search engine.