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Hyundai hatch’s value propo­si­tion is still strong. Shame about the ra­dio

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When the first i30 ar­rived in 2007, it typ­i­fied Hyundai’s progress as a maker of qual­ity, re­li­able ve­hi­cles and earned Carsguide’s Car of the Year gong that year. It was a tough act to fol­low but Hyundai went one bet­ter when it launched a new longer, wider and lower model in 2012.

The new range of five-door hatches started with the Ac­tive, stepped up to the Elite and topped out with the Pre­mium and the di­men­sions en­dowed a roomier cabin and greater lug­gage space.

The 1.8-litre mul­ti­point fu­elin­jected petrol four, de­liv­ered quite spir­ited per­for­mance. The 1.6-litre com­mon-rail turbo diesel car­ried over.

Good news came in the trans­mis­sion op­tions — gone were the five-speed man­ual and four-speed auto, re­placed by six-speeders much bet­ter suited to the en­gines. The auto had a sports shift func­tion too.

On the road the petrol ver­sion was nim­ble and ag­ile and demon­strated re­as­sur­ing grip and bal­ance. The diesel was also im­pres­sive, greatly en­hanced by the ad­di­tion of the six-speed auto. All-round the new gen­er­a­tion i30 was an im­pres­sive step for­ward from an al­ready de­cent car.

NOW

In launch­ing the 2012 ver­sion, Hyundai went to great lengths to say it had been bench­marked against the VW Golf.

The prime ap­peal of Hyundais from the out­set was the af­ford­able pric­ing and long war­ranty, and that still ap­plies. The pric­ing of a preloved i30 is gen­er­ally sharp and the fiveyear/un­lim­ited km war­ranty is trans­fer­able to the new owner, which can be re­as­sur­ing.

Be care­ful if you’re buy­ing an ex-rental car and think­ing of trans­fer­ring the war­ranty over. Hyundai lim­its the cov­er­age of cars used com­mer­cially, such as renters, to 130,000km.

Faulty electrics have long caused frus­tra­tion and while the i30 is well built it’s worth mak­ing sure ev­ery­thing works on the car be­fore you hand over your cash.

Check the ra­dio, be­cause the source of most of the ad­verse com­ments on the i30 was the ra­dio re­cep­tion, which most own­ers agree is poor. There’s not a lot you can do about it.

Make sure the car you are plan­ning to buy has been ser­viced ac­cord­ing to Hyundai’s rec­om­men­da­tions by check­ing its ser­vice record.

OWN­ERS SAY

Glenn Our i30 has been fan­tas­tic. We’ve had no prob­lems what­so­ever. It’s com­fort­able, rides nicely, and has good per­for­mance. The only thing that is not per­fect is the ra­dio re­cep­tion.

Ray­mond Se­ti­awan We bought our i30 sec­ond-hand with 90,000km on it. It has now 140,000km and we’ve had no prob­lems at all. It runs smoothly and is eco­nom­i­cal. The only draw­backs are the un­com­fort­able front seats on long trips.

Tony Van Galen Our i30 is a great car to drive. It’s been re­li­able and very eco­nom­i­cal. It’s com­fort­able and roomy and has plenty of power for the open road. The only prob­lems have been with the elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol, the poor ra­dio re­cep­tion and the clock, which does not hold the cor­rect time.

Ken­neth Given My diesel i30 has less than 100,000km on the clock. It’s a dream to drive, com­fort­able, eco­nom­i­cal and suits my 192cm frame.

Sharon Court I’m very happy with my Ac­tive diesel auto. It’s roomy and com­fort­able and the per­for­mance and econ­omy are ex­cep­tional. The only crit­i­cism is the ra­dio re­cep­tion but I im­proved that by hav­ing an ae­rial from a Ford fit­ted, which made a real im­prove­ment.

John O’Brien We bought the i30 ahead of the Toy­ota Corolla, VW Golf and Mazda3 af­ter com­par­ing their prices, run­ning costs and driv­ing dy­nam­ics

Frank Earl The ride in my Pre­mium is too hard, the per­for­mance is lack­ing and the fuel use is too high. Oh, and the ra­dio re­cep­tion is pa­thetic.

SMITHY SAYS

Well-built and re­li­able, the i30 is def­i­nitely worth hav­ing on your shop­ping list.

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