Presently Hyundai is experiencing a significant rise is sales. This increase is partly due to its new improved passenger vehicle line-up and also as a result of a major investment to their manufacturing process. Hyundai recorded worldwide sales of four million cars for 2011, whilst their European sales saw an 11 per cent increase. They’ve experienced a 75 per cent increase in market share from 2010 to 2012.
Not long after the introduction of Hyundai’s successful and competent i40 comes this all-new i30. It offers class-leading interior space and comfort to the competitive C segment. The i30 borrows the eagle-eye headlights from its larger sibling the i40, which give it an eye-catching appearance on the road. The first thing that’s apparent inside the car is the sense of space on offer, there’s an abundance of room for both front and rear seat occupants. I test drove the 1.4-litre diesel variant with 90hp, priced from €19,995, there’s also a 110hp model available. This engine is refined and one of the quietest diesels I have driven recently. The six-speed manual transmission offers light gear changes, the whole driving experience is uncomplicated, it’s a car that doesn’t shout about its talents, preferring to get on with the job in hand. There’s a choice of two trim specifications on offer, Elite and Elite Plus. The Elite range includes items such as air conditioning, ESP, front fog lights and a glove box cooler. If you select the Elite Plus grade, your car comes fitted with alloys, cruise control, Bluetooth and Hyundai’s flex steer system. All models benefit from Hyundai’s five-year Triple Care plan which includes a five-year unlimited mileage warranty, five years roadside assistance and five years of vehicle health checks.
The i30 is a well-formed car that will see Hyundai continue to grow at an ever-increasing rate.[table “66” not found /]