The Hyundai i30 is a family hatchback rival for the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus thanks to its classy interior, sleek styling and class-leading equipment levels. It's packed with technology and accessories, including Bluetooth connectivity, LED daytime running lights, heated door mirrors and multi-function steering wheel all fitted as standard in all i30 models. Plus, it offers a range of efficient engines – a 1.4-litre petrol, a 1.4-litre CRDi diesel and a 1.6-litre CRDi diesel – and comes in five specifications: entry-level Classic, mid-range Active, Style, Style-Nav, and top-spec Premium. Because Hyundai has made a deliberate push up the quality ladder to take on Ford and VW, the i30 is now more expensive, costing about the same as a Focus. But it's so good now that you can’t really begrudge the extra money. The i30 has improved so much, in fact, that we named it the 2012 CarBuyer Car of the Year. It also comes as a Tourer estate and in a three-door model that is basically the same as the standard hatchback.