Steal this car

The Weekend Post - Motoring - - ROAD TEST - DEALER: TRIN­ITY HYUNDAI, MUL­GRAVE RD, EAR­LVILLE

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

VER­DICT

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.

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