Grab your wallet, chequebook, and credit card – prices for the new Hyundai i30 have been
confirmed. Hurray! As such, the entry-level Classic costs from £14,495 to £16,895. This
has: air-con, an electronic stability programme, MP3 connectivity, and Bluetooth. The mid-
spec Active – which costs between £15,595 and £18,795 – has: alloy wheels, electric rear
windows, cruise control, and parking sensors too. That brings us to the high-spec Style.
This shares its siblings strengths but also has climate control and is available with more
optional extras. These include leather for £1,000, and an electric sunroof for a further
£950. The Style trim costs from £16,595 to £19,295 - according to the engine and gearbox.
The new Hyundai i30 looks sharper than its predecessor thanks to its pointy nose, bulging
bonnet, and flared wheel arches. It is certainly one of the best looking cars in its class,
even compared to the mighty Ford Focus. The latest i30 is also easy and pleasant to
drive, although arguably not as engaging as its strongest competitor. That will be the all
conquering Focus, again. The i30 is powered by various refined engines, but the pick of
the bunch is the 1.6-litre 109bhp diesel. This super-efficient variant averages 76.3mpg,
returns 80.7mpg on the extra-urban cycle, and can be taxed for free thanks to its low
emissions. It has reasonable performance too, hitting 62mph in 11.5 seconds. The i30 is
clearly a tremendous vehicle and a big step forward for its manufacturer. So, R.I.P. old i30.
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