We tested the Hyundai i30 Turbo for one week and these are some of the things we loved about the car.
Subtle Design – Hyundai i30 Turbo
The Hyundai i30 Turbo doesn’t look too much different from the standard model. The sportier Turbo model that we have here does feature a different set of larger alloy wheels and different front and rear splitter, giving the car a sporting edge. The overall look of the car does make it look a little bit more exciting than most. However, I think part of me might have liked a little bit more extreme styling, with a bigger wing and more aggressive grille.
It’s a Warm Hatch
The Hyundai i30 Turbo has 186 hp from a 1.6 litre petrol engine. This is a great amount of power for such a small engine. But it’s not an outrageous amount of power to turn the car into a super fast hatch. The 186 bhp does however give you just enough to have a safe amount of fun on the road.
This is represented across the whole way the car feels. You feel as if you are going relatively fast, cornering relatively hard and breaking late in the Hyundai i30 Turbo. But the absolute truth is that you not going too fast at all. The benefits of this mean that the i30 Turbo is a great car for new drivers with less experience but still want to be able to feel like they are having fun on the roads.
Performance vs Fuel Economy
I am really starting to love these turbo boosted small engines as they simply have lots of benefit. You get the performance of the car which is enough to have fun. But the great thing about this engine is it isn’t overly damaging on the fuel efficiency of the car either, as long as you’re not a complete nut with your right foot. You will be able to get miles and miles more economy out of this warm hatch than you would if they tried to pump out lots more brake horsepower from the small engine to make it a hot hatch. From my week testing the car I completed plenty of miles and it was clearly noticeable how little the tank was going down with every trip. I was very impressed with the mpg of the car which is great for the expensive fuel costs we have to live with.
Appreciating The Basics
I think when testing cars certain things are often overlooked and sometimes you really just have to look at how well executed basics are. The Hyundai i30 Turbo does all of these basic things right. I’m talking about really simple things like the seating position, the pedal feel, the feedback in the steering wheel, and gearstick shift feel. Simply how these all translate into a driving experience. The Hyundai i30 Turbo is never going to be a true track performing car, but he will certainly bring joy to the roads and to your moment of appreciating the fun of driving. If you are looking for something faster the i30N is available.
Experience the Car
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