The new i30 can’t match the Golf’s all-round talents, but the Hyundai is good enough to make the VW work hard for its victory.
In the emergency lane-change, the i30 was in its element. While the caravan slid violently on high-speed runs, it never pulled the Hyundai off course.
At high speeds in a straight line the Hyundai wasn’t quite as secure as the Golf, needing the odd steering correction, but we’d happily tow long distances behind the wheel of the i30.
However, accelerating from 30-60mph takes 25.4 seconds. Get stuck behind a tractor and you could be there for some time.
At least you’ll be comfortable while you wait for a long, clear straight: the i30 has a very agreeable ride. There’s plenty of cabin space, and the boot swallowed all our holiday luggage except for the Aquaroll.
The Hyundai comes with a five-year warranty and breakdown cover. That, together with the keen list price and long list of standard kit, earns it the ‘Best Value Hatchback’ award.