Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi Premium: Test Drive Review
21 May 2009
Author: Tom Webster
Driving school Bill Plant will be using a fleet of Hyundai i30s
Category: Lower medium P11D price: £15,805 Key rival: Kia Ceed
Only one thing has been changed in the
Hyundai i30, but the result is a significantly improved business proposition.
By tweaking the gear ratios - third gear is now longer than before - Hyundai has managed to get its lower medium hatchback under the magic 120g/km barrier, meaning lower tax bills.
0-62 takes the same 11.6secs as before, and power remains at 115PS. The gearing change also brings a boost in fuel efficiency, which rises by 2.7mpg to 62.8.
Thanks to the retained power - Hyundai was originally going to offer the 90PS 1.6-litre diesel as its low-CO2 option - the i30 is still responsive at low speeds and assured on the motorway.
The one small tweak only makes you question why this low-emitting version didn't arrive sooner.
Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi Premium 5dr manual P11D price £15,805 Model price range £11,495-£16,895 Fuel consumption 62.8mpg CO2 (tax) 119g/km/13% BIK 20/40% per month £34/£68 Service interval 10,000mls Insurance group 6 Warranty 5yrs/unlimited mls Boot space (min/max) 340/1250 litres Engine size/power 1582cc/115PS Top speed/0-62mph 117mph/11.6secs On sale now Score 8/10 Verdict A small but vital and welcome tweak to a great budget Focus rival
Verdict A small but vital and welcome tweak to a great budget Focus rival