Not to be confused with the Mitsubishi i, the Hyundai i30 is the car that is set to change the image of the Korean car giant.
Let’s be honest, to most people, Hyundai is generally thought to represent cheap but not necessarily, cheerful motoring with somewhat dated styling. The i30 changes all that and not only marks a new alpha-numeric naming system but announces to the world that Hyundai are moving up and into the European market in style.
The i30 is a C-segment, 5-door hatchback and although there are plenty of others to choose from, this is where the Company needs to make an impression if it is to achieve its European goals. The i30 does it in almost every respect, in much the same way as the award-winning Santa Fe, last year.
As you would expect, it is specifically designed for European tastes and features elongated, almost teardrop, headlamps, front fogs set into body-coloured bumpers and door mirrors, which always give a vehicle a premium look. At the back, the styling is equally robust and curvy as the front. Above the tailgate is a small roof spoiler and below, a deep bumper. In short, it looks the part, especially in black.
Inside the cabin is quite spacious and the designers have gone for a conservative look, rather than multifaceted silvers and tones of grey. However, it is neither bland nor dull. The dark, soft-touch fascia and instrument nacelle is tempered by blue lighting, which is much more subtle than that of a Honda Civic or a Volkswagen Golf and easier on the eye.
The dark centre console is shapely but neat and tidy at the same time. It houses the controls for the air-conditioning, which also cools the glove box, even at the base, trim level. The console also contains a single CD/RDS radio with six speakers, MP3 and WMP compatibility and secondary controls on the steering wheel. This is also a small panel containing integrated Aux, USB and iPod and sockets, which means that your iPod can be controlled through the audio system. Other options, such as hands-free functionality, are available.
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