Hyundai i30: 2013 European Car of the Year nominee

The Hyundai i30 has been shortlisted for the 2013 European Car of the Year award – a significant achievement given that just eight entries made it through to the final round of judging, whittled down from a long list of 36 contenders.

Making it through to the last round of voting proves how far Hyundai has come in terms of quality with the i30 hatchback, the firm’s first car to be designed, engineered and built solely in Europe.

The Hyundai i30 has already won numerous awards for its style and practicality, while receiving an excellent safety rating from industry experts Euro NCAP. Then there’s the build quality

A strong range of diesel and petrol engines providing excellent performance and efficiency also help the Hyundai’s case for the 2013 crown.

The 120hp 1.6-litre petrol and Hyundai’s 128hp 1.6-litre turbodiesel will complete the 0-62mph sprint in the same range-best 10.9 seconds, while the latter engine in efficiency-focused Blue Drive guise will return 76.3mpg combined with 97g/km CO2 emissions, meaning free road tax.

Premium levels of equipment – such as 17-inch alloy wheels, heated leather seats, climate and cruise control, Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition, front and rear parking sensors and Hyundai’s parking guidance system, iPod/USB connectivity and a touchscreen satellite navigation unit – are all available on the Hyundai i30, many features that were once the preserve of luxury limousines.

Best of all, value for money is assured. Prices for the Hyundai i30 start at £13,851 for the entry-level 1.4 Classic model, rising to £20,036 for the high specification Hyundai i30 diesel hatchback in Style Nav guise.

The addition of the i30 Tourer – an estate version of the Korean hatchback – has given customers even more choice, adding a greater degree of practicality and flexibility with the option of the same impressive line-up of engines and exceptional levels of equipment.

The firm has added a more sporty three-door version of the Hyundai i30 to its line-up too, catering for those who want even more style, presence and performance from their car, without sacrificing efficiency or value.

All Hyundai i30s come with the manufacturer’s Five Year Triple Care warranty too, so peace of mind is assured.

It’s a great achievement for Hyundai to be shortlisted for the 2013 European Car of the Year. Being in the company of some of the most established and biggest names in the business renowned for quality, value and safety – including Volkswagen, Mercedes-Benz, Ford and Volvo – shows the Hyundai i30 is a serious contender in the family hatchback sector and just how far the firm has progressed in the last decade.