Hyundai i30 Estate 1.6 Comfort 5dr Car Review - March 2012

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List Price: £16,015
Tax Band: G
Insurance Group: 16
MPG: 43.5
CO2: 152
0-62 Mph: 11.0 secs
BHP: 124 BHP
Range: 507 miles
CarSite Verdict:  3.5/5
Hyundai takes on the Golf and Focus with astonishing results. It's still not quite there but it's an excellent car nonetheless.

PROS:  Cheap, comfortable, stylish, well made

CONS:  Mediocre performance, not particularly cheap to run

Behind the Wheel

The 1.6-litre petrol engine in the i30 Estate develops 124bhp and 116lb-ft of torque which means 0-62mph takes 11.0 seconds and flat out you'll be doing 119mph. These are hardly astonishing figures but the i30 Estate does not feel slow and performs admirably.

The handling, however, is a real revelation. The car manages to be comfortable and cosseting while still remaining sharp through the bends. The chassis is very well balanced and the steering is crisp and responsive.

Looks & Equipment

The i30 is surprisingly good looking and is more than a match for its established European competitors in aesthetic terms. The interior is also very stylish and feels well made.

The Comfort trim is the entry level option and comes with a pretty miserable list of standard kit. You get alloys, air-con, electric windows and a CD player with MP3 connectivity but that's about it. Those looking for more goodies will have to upgrade to one of the more luxurious trim levels.

Sat-nav can be specced for £515 and metallic paint will set you back £445.

Practicality, Safety & Reliability

The i30 Estate is a very practical proposition and comes with an impressive amount of boot space. With the rear seats folded flat you get 1395-litres of storage space and even with the rear seats up you get 415-litres.

The i30 scored the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP safety tests thanks to a wide range of airbags and driver aids.

The i30 Estate should also be very reliable. It is offered with a five year unlimited mileage warranty which should cover you in the unlikely event that anything goes wrong.

Value for Money

The Hyundai i30 Estate 1.6 Comfort 5dr is the entry level i30 Estate and is priced at a very reasonable £16,010. Despite its basic level of standard equipment, it still offers good value for money at nearly £1,000 less than the equivalent Focus estate and nearly £2,000 less than the equivalent Golf Estate.

The running costs are a tad steeper than you'd expect - you'll only manage 43.5mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 152g/km put the i30 under VED band G. However, insurance should be very reasonable under insurance group 16.

Hyundai i30 Estate 1.6 Comfort 5dr Car Review - by 
All Hyundai I30 Reviews
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Hyundai i30 1.4 Comfort 5dr - March 2012
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Hyundai i30 Estate 1.6 CRDi Premium 5dr - March 2012
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