Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 is a well-made family car aimed at those who value spaciousness, low running costs and long warranties above flashy styling, brand image and high performance. The Hyundai i30 won’t turn heads in a crowded car park, but its blend of affordability and quality is sure to get a nod of approval from wise 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 mainstream rivals like the Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf. Voted overall winner in the Driver Power survey 2010, it's a worthy choice in a highly competitive marketplace.

Hyundai i30 hatchback

Price 
£14,305 - £23,230
5 & 3 Doors
4.7 / 5
Pros
  • Spacious interior
  • Great value for money
  • High specification
Cons
  • High running costs with automatic gearbox
  • Lack of rear visibility
  • Poor public image

The new Hyundai i30 is the Korean brand's latest rival to the Volkswagen Golf and Ford Focus, and it shares many exterior styling cues with its bigger brother, the Hyundai i40. The striking looks and upmarket interior are combined with some of the highest equipment levels in the family hatchback sector. It's such an impressive achievement by Hyundai that we named it the 2012 Carbuyer Car of the Year.

All models come with a Bluetooth connection, LED daytime running lights, a multi-function steering wheel and electric heated door mirrors. Hyundai has also given it a range of highly efficient and flexible engines. Where the old model used to be far cheaper than the competition, the new i30 is very similar on price.

Hyundai i30 Tourer estate

Price 
£16,605 - £24,330
5 Doors
4.7 / 5
Pros
  • Large boot
  • Excellent five-year warranty
  • Quiet diesel engine
Cons
  • 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.