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Hyundai i30cw road test

by Chris Goodsell

15th June, 2010

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I've just returned from a 2,000 km extended road test of a Hyundai i30 diesel/automatic sports wagon, and I've got to say it impressed me. To start with, the fuel economy I experienced of 5.7 litres/100 km was very frugal.

The Hyundai i30 was the third best selling car in the country during March, and with good reason.

The i30 sports wagon safety package is state of the art. It carries a 5 star ANCAP rating and comes standard with six airbags, Anti Skid Brakes with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, also Electronic Stability Control with Traction Control. The car also has active anti-whiplash front head restraints. An impressive safety CV!!!

In the equipment department its flag also flies high. It has USB and iPod media inputs, a glove box cooler, climate controlled air, cruise control and rear park assist. The longer you drive the car the more equipment you find.

On the environmental front, Hyundai claim the car is 95% recyclable when the end comes.

Under the bonnet, the car I drove had a 1.6 litre CRDi turbo diesel motor driving through a four speed automatic transmission.

The car drove well; the engine's pulling power (torque) is what impresses most, pulling effortlessly up the long hills in the snowy mountains. The auto gearbox is smooth and silent. The ratios are well chosen. Seating is comfortable, with a caveat here: If you are over 182 cm the seat adjustment may prove insufficient. The lights are the only other area of criticism from me. High beam is just not good enough.

Hyundai claim the i30 cost $2bn to develop. The VE Commodore was $1bn.

In summation, the i30 diesel sports wagon is an outstanding small car. It ticks all the boxes and is value for money at just under $30,000. My rating 8.5/10.

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