Hyundai i30 adds Eco-Drive

While it's not a definite eco car, the Hyundai i30 has taken a leaf out of hybrid and electric car technology and fitted its latest models with an 'eco-drive' indicator. The indicator is designed to help the driver to drive more economically to ensure as little CO2 is released into the atmosphere as possible, and to gauge fuel economy, too.

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Hyundai i30 – Co2 Emissions

The lowest C02 Emitting models are the 1.6 CRDi versions.

Hyundai i30 – Car Tax Bands

The lowest Car Tax Band for the Hyundai i30 is category B, which is a mere £30 a year.

Hyundai i30 – Miles to the Gallon (MPG)

Average fuel consumption figures fall around 53 miles to the gallon for the Hyundai i30

Hyundai i30 – 7 Year Warranty

Hyundai, known for its seven-year warranty on new cars, might be helping drivers to preserve their cars and engines in order to minimise returns. The i30 has also seen a slight facelift, which has helped it to keep up to date with other models in its class, such as the recently revamped Ford Fiesta or the Mazda 5.

Hyundai i30 - Revamp

The new items which have been added to the i30 include new fog lamps, a new grille, front bumper and side skirts. The extra body addenda might reduce the drag co-efficient of the car to help it pierce through the air more cleanly, again adding to the fuel economy. The petrol engines have been tweaked too and provide more miles per gallon and pollute less. The 1.4 and the 1.6-litre petrol engines are said to save 3g/km CO2 over the previous engines.

Hyundai i30 – Stop Start Technology

What's more, the i30 adds yet another fuel-saving trick to the latest model by adding stop-start technology. The new technology has recently been seen in Fiats and even the newest Ferrari California has it, whereby when the car is idle in traffic, the engine is cut and then restarts when the driver accelerates. It reduces emissions, although restarting the engine burns a lot of fuel and in warmer climates it has a negative affect on the air-conditioning unit, which then needs to work harder to cool the cabin down.

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Hyundai i30 – Safety Features

The Korean brand doesn't just stop at fuel saving and a long warranty, the safety features of the i30 also have additions. There are active head-restraints, six air bags and electronic stability control throughout all of the range. There are many standard options too, such as electric front windows and mirrors, climate control, rear parking sensors, part-leather seats and large boot space. Combine this with a 60mpg combined fuel consumption and the Hyundai looks like a good buy.

Hyundai i30 – Purchase Price

At just under £17,000 new, the i30 will have to be bought with your head and not with your heart as it is not the prettiest of cars. The faceless, characterless i30 is just another bland Hyundai in terms of looks but it makes up for this with a hefty amount of money-saving tricks and safety features.

Hyundai i30 - Handling

Handling-wise, the Hyundai i30 is surprisingly grippy through bends and holds the road well. Pot holes are softened easily but body roll is a little poor.

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The visibility is excellent from the driver's seat, with the low waistline and the excellent adjustment for the seat making it easy for a driver of any height to see where they are going.

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