Hyundai i30 Estate 1.6 CRDi Premium 5dr Car Review - March 2012

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List Price: £18,750
Tax Band: D
Insurance Group: 17
MPG: 60.1
CO2: 124
0-62 Mph: 11.7 secs
BHP: 115 BHP
Range: 701 miles
CarSite Verdict:  4/5
Cheap, economical, practical, good to drive, good looking and comfortable - it really is difficult to pick fault with the i30 Estate 1.6 CRDi Premium. It does everything that the Focus and Golf do but for a whole lot less. Very impressive.

PROS:  Impressive fuel economy, good looks, comfortable ride

CONS:  A bit dull, not quite as poised as its European rivals

Behind the Wheel

The i30 develops 115bhp and 192lb-ft of torque thanks to its 1.6-litre diesel engine. 0-62mph takes 11.7 seconds and you'll carry on accelerating right up to 117mph. This is pretty good for a diesel estate and the i30 feels lively, if not particularly fast.

The suspension is superb, ironing up bumps nicely and the i30 feels very agile through the corners thanks to a well sorted chassis and crisp steering. There is also very little body roll - quite a feat for a car which is so comfortable.

Looks & Equipment

This is the top of the line i30 Estate and comes with a decent amount of standard equipment. You get alloys, climate control, electric windows, cruise control, parking sensors, part leather seats and a CD player with MP3 connectivity all included as standard. Sat-nav is an expensive option at £515 and, weirdly, Bluetooth is unavailable altogether.

The i30 is, however, a fine looking car and is a million miles away from the catastrophically awful Accent which used to represent Hyundai in the family hatchback market.

Practicality, Safety & Reliability

The i30 Estate has an enormous boot with an impressive 415-litres of boot space on offer with the rear seats up and 1395-litres on offer with the rear seats folded flat.

The car should also be very safe and excelled in the Euro NCAP safety tests, scoring five stars thanks to its safety features which include a number of airbags, ABS, stability control and seat belt pretensioners.

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 CRDi Premium 5dr is the top-of-the-line i30 Estate and is priced at £18,750. This represents excellent value for money considering the generous amount of equipment included as standard.

Running costs will also be very low - you should get 60.1mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 124g/km mean that the i30 falls under VED band D which is very respectable for a car of this size. Insurance should also be relatively cheap under group 17.

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