Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 is a family hatchback that comes with a range of economical engines and a five-year/100,000-mile warranty. Buyers can choose between three and five-door models, plus an i30 Tourer estate. Its main rivals are the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus. Engines range from a 1.4-litre petrol to a 1.6-litre diesel. All are cheap to run, and the most economical diesel can achieve 76.3mpg. We would recommend the 126bhp version, which returns excellent economy and is quick enough for safe overtaking. Trim levels run from the basic Classic to Active, Style, Style Nav and Premium. All models come with air-conditioning, a Bluetooth phone connection, voice recognition and a USB port.

Hyundai i30 hatchback

£15,195 - £23,595
5 & 3 Doors
4.7 / 5
  • Generous equipment
  • Good value for money
  • Great aftersales package
  • Loses lots of value as a used car
  • Auto costly to run
  • Fussy interior design

The Hyundai i30 hatchback is a well made family car aimed at those who value space and low running costs over flashy styling and brand image. The i30 won’t turn heads, but its blend of affordability and quality will get a nod of approval from buyers in the know. Thanks to its easy-to-drive nature and impressive build quality, it's an extremely appealing family car that's a genuine alternative to the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf.

Hyundai i30 Tourer estate

£16,895 - £24,695
5 Doors
4.7 / 5
  • Large boot
  • Excellent five-year warranty
  • Quiet diesel engine
  • Firm ride
  • Average re-sale value
  • Stuffy image

CarBuyer's 2012 Car of the Year is now available as a practical estate. Offering the same high specification and upmarket interior as its award-winning hatchback sibling, the i30 Tourer estate also adds a much larger, 528-litre boot and is a more spacious and equally well-made family car that shares many of the hatchback's recognisable styling cues.