When driving through a set of corners, the i30 feels considerably heavier than it is. There’s a fair amount of body roll, and when the weight of the car pitches onto the outside wheels, it produces quite a bit of tyre noise. The heavier the engine fitted to your i30, the slower its reactions, and this explains why the hefty diesel-engined car feels rather sluggish, while the lightweight 1.0-litre, three-cylinder car is the nicest to drive. Regardless of powertrain, though, the i30’s comfort really comes into its own on long motorway journeys. Unfortunately, it’s not as quiet as it is comfortable, with plenty of road- and wind-noise finding their way into the cabin at 70mph.
Any estate car – even a small one like the i30 – is all about boot space, and the Hyundai does a really solid job. It can’t match the cavernous Peugeot 308SW
for outright capacity, but it has the measure of pretty much every other rival, and you’ll also find various underfloor cubbies to stash odds and ends in. Fold the rear seats to boost capacity to its maximum, and the backrests sit nice and flush, leaving you with a flat, level load area.
There’s a decent amount of room for passengers inside the i30, too, and it comfortably matches the vast majority of its rivals for interior space. A heated windscreen is also standard on every i30, which is an absolute godsend on frosty mornings; helping you to stay snug inside while your neighbours are dancing around in the cold with the ice scraper.