RACV tests the excellent new Hyundai i30.
- The significantly revised i30 is now vying for best in class.
- Clear distinction between entry, sports and comfort models.
- Entry 2.0-litre petrol model is a standout, despite lacking advanced safety kit.
Hyundai has unveiled the latest version of its popular small car, the i30. A raft of significant technical improvements brings it back into class leadership contention and there’s a sharp new look thanks to fresh design detail in the longer, wider and lower hatchback body.
Being slightly larger, this third generation now offers cabin space in line with its major competitors – Toyota Corolla, Mazda3 and VW Golf. There’s significant advancement in body structure, now featuring 53 per cent high-strength steel, for enhanced quietness as well as safety, and notable advances in driver-focused dynamics. Hyundai has also taken the opportunity to include more smart multi-media connectivity, fitting the eight-inch tablet-style navigation screen, digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as standard across the range.
From a model specification perspective, there’s a clear delineation between the two sporting models and two ‘comfort’ models, which sit above the entry-level Active version. In keeping with this line of thinking they have distinct driveline features designed to appeal to different buyers. Most sales, however, will however remain with the competitively priced base-model Active, which has stepped up significantly and is now arguably among the best value for money offerings in its class.