The Hyundai i30 was voted the Carbuyer Car of the Year in 2012, which should make it clear quite how highly we rate this car. The i30 was part of the new wave of models from Hyundai – cars that didn’t relie just on cheap prices and high specifications. Instead, Hyundai set out to build a car that was every bit as good as the tough competition – and it succeeded! While the Ford Focus is still the best handling car in its class, the Hyundai i30 offers an extremely quiet interior. Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Golf, which is famed for its build quality, can’t match the five-year warranty offered by the Hyundai.
The Hyundai now comes with a range of frugal petrol and diesel engines, and is also available in three-door, fiver-door, or estate forms. All come generously equipped, with more standard kit than their more established rivals.