Hyundai I30 Overview
The all new Hyundai i30 is a Mazda 3 or VW Golf sized five-door hatchback. The new Hyundai i30 has a slightly different nose and tail design that swings away from the design cues employed recently by Hyundai. And so the i30 uses very curvy lines that are pleasant to the eye and relatively conservative. A chrome blade across the top of the front upper air intake, and the large shapely headlights give a tidy face. The tail lights are tall, vertical and pointed, and give an appealing finish to the rear end of the car. The whole car feels strong and solid. The doors close snugly and the interior mouldings fit together beautifully.
The front facia and door-trim upper sections are covered in high-quality padded plastic, and the seat fabric is stylish and has a durable feeling. Inside the cabin, a pleasant amount of chrome detailing has been added to give a pricier interior ambience. This is a cabin that passengers will enjoy being in. Front and rear seating is comfy and supportive, which makes for easy long journeys. Closer to the driver's attention are the dials and instrument panelling, which have striking blue graphics and look sophisticated enough to give the Hyundai i30 a true sense of class. The driver's stance behind the wheel is easily adjusted for comfort because the driver's seat has an excellent range of adjustment for both the seat and the steering wheel.
With one of the longest wheelbases in its class, the Hyundai i30's legroom and relaxed comfort is superb. The boot is ample in volume and inside the cabin, there are plenty of Hyundai Accessories - including a decent-sized air-conditioned glove box (no more melted chocolate). There are three levels of interior trim. These are called Comfort, Style and Premium. Every model gets aluminium alloy wheels, ESP with traction control, an iPod/MP3 connection plus USB port, heated mirrors, a CD player, very efficient air conditioning, stereo controls on the steering wheel, front fog lights and four electric windows. Then the Style version adds leather to the steering wheel, seat edging and front centre armrest, plus 16" rather than 15" alloys and a tyre-pressure monitor. And if you go for the Premium model, you will enjoy great looking 17" wheels, reversing sensors and automatic air conditioning.
Each of the Hyundai i30s moves quietly, and inspires confidence for the quicker driver - even though the overall suspension setup is for a softer and more compliant ride that nullifies bumps superbly. The steering has a good feel. And the good feedback is due to a very well engineered electrically assisted steering system. The Hyundai i30 offers two engines at the moment. These engines are the 2.0 litre petrol unit and the 1.6 CRDi diesel unit. Power ratings show the 2.0 litre petrol to be a strong engine that delivers a healthy 105 kW at 6000 rpm. With a torque figure of 186 Nm at 4600 rpm combined with Consatant Variable Valve Timing technology you have an efficient and relaxed drive that is willing to be pushed hard when the need arises - just the way I like it.
The 1.6 litre diesel is particularly strong in the torque department with 255 Nm available between a large and useful 1900 - 2750 rpm. The Variable Geometry Turbo technology makes the little diesel superbly responsive and yet in manual form a staggering 4.2 litres per 100 kilometres can be achieved! Both Hyundai i30 models are very capable of covering the miles in a relaxed and fuss-free fashion. In true diesel fashion, the point to point progress of the diesel on the open road is as rapid and every bit as progressive as the 2.0 litre petrol alternative. The flexible and frugal Hyundai 1.6 litre diesel is the engine that appeals to me. The 1.6 diesel manages an impressive 60 mpg on the official combined-cycle test carried out by Hyundai, and in this day and age when fuel prices are soaring, this is an excellent draw card.
Hyundais have improved so, so much over the years, and today, Hyundai safety is excellent. The Hyundai has all the usual safety equipment. Emergency Brake Assist, whiplash-reducing front headrests and front, side and curtain airbags are all standard. Electronic stability control is also standard on all models. Cars engineered by Korean companies have had a good record in reliability, and it's likely that the Hyundai I30 will continue this record even though some of the cars will come from the new Czech factory. Hyundai's market-leading five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty suggests that buyers can remain confident.