Hyundai i30 Ambleside
A new special-edition version of the Hyundai i30 has been released, offering more standard equipment than ever before. So does the ES complete the family hatch package? We hit the road to find out.
It’s based on the 1.4-litre Comfort, and gets a silver grille and 16-inch alloy wheels. Inside is a metal-effect centre console, electronic climate control and a reverse parking sensor. This extra equipment comes on top of the long list of kit on the standard model, which includes ESP stability control, ABS, an iPod link, air-con, electric windows, remote locking and six airbags.
Costing £400 more than the entry-level 1.4-litre petrol car, the ES also qualifies for Hyundai’s attractive Scrappage Scheme incentives. On top of the £1,000 provided by the Government, the firm is chipping in a further £2,500 – so the model can be yours for only £8,400.
But there’s far more going for this i30 than just the standard equipment and low price. The 1.4-litre unit under the bonnet is one of the cleanest and most efficient engines in the petrol range, emitting 145g/km of CO2 and promising 46.3mpg combined fuel economy.
These figures will make up for the car’s slightly lacklustre performance. It delivers only 108bhp and 137Nm of torque, and sprints from 0-62mph in a rather sluggish 11.7 seconds. Soft suspension means body roll is an issue in corners, too.
Nevertheless, the i30 is easy to live with. The cabin feels solidly put together and offers plenty of room, while the boot is spacious. In addition, buyers benefit from Hyundai’s generous five-year warranty. Bear in mind the low price you pay for all this, and the new model looks very tempting.
Rival: Skoda Fabia 1.4
Starting from £10,905, the entry-level Fabia represents great value. It does 0-62mph in 12.3 seconds, emits 154g/km of CO2 and returns 43.5mpg. Plus, it’s good to drive and comes generously equipped.
Author: Conor Mills