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Hyundai badge on the hatchback), remote entry with a “flick” key and a suite of six airbags.
An often overlooked but extremely welcome addition is a full-size spare in the boot (rather than a skinny space-saver), adding peace of mind for anyone travelling beyond the city limits.
If you want to penny pinch, it also means you only need to buy three tyres at renewal time, by using the spare as one of the four. Then put the best of the worn tyres in the boot.
But enough about saving money, how about the car?
The modern and functional cabin holds up well against newer competition.
Blue backlit gauges and instruments are easy to read (although a digital speedometer would be welcome) and the door pockets, glovebox and centre console are generously sized. And there are two 12V power sockets and a USB port.
The seat fabrics have a quality feel and there’s ample room front and rear. Only the front passenger seat gets a map pocket, and it’s mesh, not covered, which means you can’t use it to hide valuables such as a
The i30 has gotten better with age. Since this model went on sale, it’s had a minor facelift, gained a rear camera and Apple CarPlay, and there have been subtle enhancements to the way it drives.
At this price, no other car comes close.