The new Hyundai i30 will be launched in the UK on 12 March with prices, as we have already revealed, starting from £14,495.
Hyundai says the overall package makes it one of the best value C-segment family hatchback cars on sale, but do these claims stack up?
Well, the firm has certainly not skimped on the all-important safety equipment. Fitted to every single new i30 will be a full set of six airbags, including side and curtain airbags, plus an electronic Vehicle Stability Management system that helps stop the car getting into a skid or a slide.
The VSC stability system also include an Emergency Stop Signal that puts on the hazard warning lights when it detects emergency braking (and turns them off when the danger is over).
For added convenience too, Hyundai fits a Hill-start Assist Control to all new Hyundai i30, which holds on the brakes for a short period when you take your foot off the brake pedal on hills. This helps stop you rolling back as you feed in the clutch pedal.
Standout equipment on the entry-level Hyundai i30 Classic model include voice-control Bluetooth, LED daytime running lights and a multi-function steering wheel. This is despite list prices starting from under £14,500, meaning it offers a winning blend of equipment for the money.
Next up is the key model in the range, the Hyundai i30 Active. For £1000 more than the Classic, this adds cruise control, rear parking sensors and a new type of steering system called Flex Steer. This allows the driver to chose from three different setups – Comfort, Normal and Sport. This is a feature that’s never before been seen in this class of car.
The Hyundai i30 Style again costs just £1000 more than the Active yet includes climate control, parking sensors for the front as well as the rear, front cornering lights that turn to illuminate bends as you drive into them, plus a system that senses when the windscreen is misting up and automatically defogs it.
Topping the range for £1000 more than Style is the Style Nav: this includes a fully built-in colour touchscreen sat nav system that’s mated to a rear-view parking camera.
Naturally, every new Hyundai i30 comes with the five-year Triple Care warranty, which includes a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five year’s RAC Roadside Assistance and five years of annual vehicle healthcare checks.
Pound for pound, then, the new Hyundai i30 really is one of the best-equipped cars on sale in the family hatchback sector. Check it out for yourself when it launches on March 12 at T W White & Sons Hyundai showroom in Weybridge, Surrey.