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The Biggest Little Car I know - Hyundai i30
Member Name: TheChocolateLady
Date: 11/06/10, updated on 12/06/10 (273 review reads)
Advantages: The look, the feel, the comfort, the standard extras, the fuel consumption, the safety and more.
Disadvantages: Um... I can't have it all to myself?
Over the years I've come to appreciate Hyundai cars more and more, having driven no less than four Accents and an Elantra. What started out as flimsy, low riding cars that hurt your back getting in and out of them, became solid, reliable and comfortable. The i30 is - so far - the best of the bunch.
According to Hyundai's web page (see below), the new i30 is "the 2010 Model Year i30 mid-size hatchback from Hyundai - from £12,300 on the road... Combining style, comfort and a high specification that delivers genuine value for money, the i30 is the intelligent choice for 2010. Spot on when it comes to safety, this dynamic hatchback sports [an] exceptional level of equipment, including six airbags, Electronic Stability Programme (ESP) and active front head restraints". Well, that's it in a nutshell, but as far as I'm concerned, that's not the half of it.
First of all, it really is comfortable to drive. The driver's seat has a range of adjustment of the height that is so great that I can adjust it to my diminutive 5'2" height as perfectly as my 6' tall son. What's more, the shape of the seats makes you feel like they're firmly hugging you, helping reduce road weariness even if you're hours behind the wheel. This is a huge improvement over even my 2002 Accent and I find it even more comfortable than the 2008 Toyota Corolla that my husband had from work. There's even a little bit of a "Tardis" effect, as the car feels larger when you're inside it than it looks from the outside. Admittedly, three large people will be a bit cramped in the back seat, but if one is a bit slimmer, they'll feel much less smashed together than in my old Accent and with far more leg room even when there's a taller person driving. Since my family are all very healthy in that respect, this makes a group trip far more enjoyable.
This also handles so nicely. I feel it really grabs the road, even when it is slippery, and sharp curves feel secure even when I take them a bit faster than I should (okay, so I'm a wild woman on the road). This is very reassuring and it feels solid and steady even on fast roads or through high winds. Whenever I took my Accent on the big motorways, and was passed by a large truck coming the other way, I always felt like I could be blown off the road by the backlash. Not so the i30, that truly holds its own - you can hardly feel anything when a truck goes by.
Of course, there are some cute extras that make this even more of a pleasure. For instance, having a USB port for your MP Player is one of them. This is great for people like me who like to listen to whole operas but don't want to fill up all the pockets with thick CD cases. I've taken some old flash drives and loaded them up with my favourites, and it really makes listening convenient because you don't have to change disks. Another nice thing is the glove compartment has a vent from the air conditioner in it. This is great for the summer because you can put your cooled bottle of water in the compartment and then turn on your AC and the water will stay cold. I wouldn't trust it to keep milk products from going bad, however, but it is a nice extra.
Finally, the finishing of this car is really lovely. It has a stylish look to it that from the front has a nice, smugly smiling face. From the thick covers on the seats, to the padded steering wheel that doesn't get hot in the sun, to the easy-open boot, to the radio/CD/MP Player that you can access from the steering wheel, they've really thought about almost anything you could want, and it all works very well. Moreover, the petrol mileage is very good and it is one of the cleaner and safer cars on the road today. I happen to have one of the simpler models, but the only things available I would have wanted more than I got would have been automatic folding side mirrors and reverse sensors. It would also have been nice to get side mirror defrosters but this isn't an available option - although fancier models do come with rain sensors for the windshield wipers. But at least there is a rear window wiper in addition to the defogger, since it is a hatchback.
I can't think of anything I don't like about this car, except that everyone wants to drive it and I hardly get a chance to get behind the wheel anymore! Well, that and that it beeps when someone doesn't use their belts, but I don't mind that - I insist everyone belt up anyway. So I can't give it less than five stars, and considering the price and what comes with it (see below), I highly recommend this car.
Davida Chazan © June 2010
PS: Servicing Hyundai cars isn't, from my experience, expensive at all. These are Asian cars, and their parts are far less expensive than European ones. Hyundai are actually among the most reasonably priced cars for repairs on the market today.
The webpage for this car can be found at http://www.hyundai.co.uk/newCars/i30/
According to that site, this car's price tag is "from £12,300 - £13,250 on the road, which includes" (my additions are in square brackets):
Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)
Electric front windows [mine has four electric windows]
USB and Aux connections [the latter is for an iPod, but my son says it doesn't work so well with that]
Remote central locking [I added that the windows close when you use this]
Front, front side and full length curtain airbags
Active front head restraints [the rear ones are active on mine]
15'' steel wheels
Trip computer [mine is digital]
Height and reach adjustable steering column
Driver's seat height adjustment
Body coloured mirrors
Summary: The Hyundai i30 is a great car from all points of view.