8. Hyundai i30

Hyundai i30
31 Dec, 2012 2:00pm

An attractive five-year, 100,000-mile warranty and competitive price tag isn’t enough to cut it in the family hatchback market these days – but the Hyundai i30 has plenty more to recommend it. A confidence inspiring warranty and affordable prices are not to be sniffed at, but the i30 brings so much more, including handsome looks, impressive interior quality and a range of efficient engines.

Fuel consumption of up to 76.3mpg and CO2 emissions as low as 97g/km for the 1.6 CRDi should appeal to private buyers as it attracts zero road tax, while equipment levels are impressive across the board – Bluetooth connectivity with Voice Recognition is standard across the range, along with a multi-function steering wheel and USB input.

On a practical level, despite average external dimensions, the Hyundai i30 is incredibly practical, with spacious rear seats and 378-litres of boot space. The only thing that lets the i30 down is the way it drives, which is safe and sensible rather than exciting, but for a vast number of family drivers this won’t matter one jot.

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