HYUNDAI i30 TOURER

Com­pe­tent, servile, in­of­fen­sive-look­ing i30 of­fers lit­tle to like or dis­like

Auto Car (UK) - - ROAD TEST -

As most mem­bers of the C-seg­ment hatch­back fra­ter­nity tend to do, the i30 typ­i­fies all that is good and bad about its maker’s ap­proach to build­ing cars.

On the one hand, there is an at­ten­tion to de­tail that speaks to Hyundai’s ruth­less in­cli­na­tion for bench­mark­ing. Much of what the i30 Tourer does well – its quiet­ness, com­fort, prac­ti­cal­ity and func­tion­al­ity – feels like the prod­uct of an ob­jec­tive mea­sur­ing tape. But on the other hand, where a sub­jec­tive, imag­i­na­tive or emo­tional in­put is re­quired – be it in the tun­ing of the chas­sis or the pol­ish of the en­gine or the am­bi­ence of the in­te­rior– all too of­ten, Hyundai de­faults too read­ily to­wards the non­de­script cen­tre of a mar­ket­ing Venn di­a­gram or the ag­gre­gated out­come of sev­eral fo­cus groups.

What re­sults is an i30 that per­forms ad­e­quately across the board but rarely reaches to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions or ex­press it­self be­yond the num­bers. It makes the car en­tirely fine – but an also-ran down to its very core.

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