posted 5 years ago

New Hyundai i30 Versus New Driveway

Despite its rather unfashionable reputation, the new Hyundai i30 is actually a genuinely good car.

Despite its rather unfashionable reputation, the new Hyundai i30 is actually a genuinely good car. In fact, when the pre-facelift version of this Ford Focus rival was launched in 2007, it was one of the few Korean mile-munchers I would cheerfully have parked on my then 'disintegrating' driveway. Last year both the i30 and my crumbling tarmac were renewed, so let's see what these two considered purchases have to offer.

The new Hyundai i30 comes as both a five-door hatchback and an estate. The latter carries 1,395-litres of luggage with the rear seats folded flat, which is only 145-litres more than its sibling. However, this emphasises the hatchback's practicality rather than detracting from the estate. Whichever body style you choose there is plenty of room for a small family, but the i30 will struggle to cope with the weight of old driveway rubble.

Recent I30 updates include its new front grill and bumpers, and environmentally friendly motorists can now specify a 'cost option' start/stop system. This, of course, saves precious fuel. A new entry-level diesel version joins the line-up too; and this produces 90bhp, hits 62mph in 14 seconds, and averages a cost-cutting 64.2mpg. Driveway enhancements include new drainage and a smoother surface that is less likely to trip-up the postman.

Further plus points (car not tarmac) include its relaxing handling, excellent equipment specification, proven reliability record, and the five-year manufacturer’s warranty. This has both an unlimited mileage allowance and is transferable between owners. I only wish the guarantee on my driveway was so comprehensive. Is there supposed to be a huge crack?