Auto Trader verdict:
The i30 is not short on appeal. It looks smart, it’s comfortable, well-equipped, spacious, attractively priced, and comes with the reassurance of a five-year warranty. Unfortunately, it’s far from the real deal, and we could probably reel off the names of at least half a dozen rivals that do almost everything the i30 does, and a whole lot more besides. If you think because the i30 looks like a VW Golf, it must behave and feel like a Golf, think again.