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Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi Premium: Test Drive Review

Date: 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 consumption62.8mpg
CO2 (tax) 119g/km/13%
BIK 20/40% per month£34/£68
Service interval10,000mls
Insurancegroup 6
Warranty5yrs/unlimited mls
Boot space (min/max)340/1250 litres
Engine size/power1582cc/115PS
Top speed/0-62mph117mph/11.6secs
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VerdictA small but vital and
welcome tweak to a
great budget Focus rival


A small but vital and welcome tweak to a great budget Focus rival