PRICE from $20,990
ENGINE 1.8-litre petrol four, 107kW/175Nm
TRANSMISSION 6-speed manual and auto, FWD THIRST 6.8L/100km
THE LOWDOWN The i30 is proof that Hyundai now makes better Japanese cars than companies including Honda and Mitsubishi, with smart design, impressive quality and five-star safety. The chassis is also tuned for Australia these days, which means the last remaining weakness — especially on bumpy country roads — is gone. Once you include sharp pricing and a great warranty with capped-price servicing, the i30 becomes an easy pick.