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BabyDrive Verdict

One of Australia’s top ten best-selling cars, the Hyundai i30 is a stylish and sporty little hatch that we were looking forward to putting through its paces! If you are considering a small family hatch then don’t go past the i30 without giving it serious consideration. It’s jammed full of safety features, sat-nav and a great media screen. A fantastic car to drive for a really affordable price!

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We actually drove both ends of the i30 range, the Active which is the most basic model and the SR Premium, the top spec sporty model! I have to say apart from the obvious sporty difference the Active had everything you could need! The Premium comes with the Hyundai Smart Sense safety range and heated and cooled leather seats though, along with a much sportier drive, but as a family hatch I preferred the drive of the Active as it was a little softer but still responsive, fun and nippy!

The i30 surprised me in many ways, not least because we had an enormous Toyota Hilux the previous week, where my husband travelled in the back because he was too tall to sit in the front passenger seat with the rear facing child seat installed behind him.

The i30 made a refreshing change! With rear facing child seats installed in both the rear outer seats, the front legroom was fantastic! From the edge of the seat base to the furthest forward part of the glove box (usually by the right knee) was 23.5cm. That provided a lot of space!! The i30 is a much smaller car and more practical for a family of three than the enormous Hilux! With way more legroom!!

The boot space in the i30 was enough with just three of us, holding ten shopping bags on their own or three with a big pram or seven with a basic stroller.

There is ISO Fix in both outer rear seats and top tethers across the back of all three rear seat backrests that are easily accessible through the boot. I could fit two child seats across the back seats, which were relatively easy to install.

My only real complaint with the i30 was the front seats, which bulged into my lower back and the seat base was a little too long for my legs (I’m 162cm). If I could have the seats changed then I’m sold!!

The i30 is a great family car, it has everything you need and is more than affordably priced.

BabyDrive Indepth

The Hyundai i30 comes with a lot of standard safety gear including seven airbags. This includes front and side airbags for both front passengers, a driver's knee airbag and full-length curtain airbags for front and rear passengers.

It also has Electronic Stability Control, Traction Control, Anti-lock brakes with Electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and hazard light activation when emergency braking, Tyre Pressure Monitoring, Hill-Start Assist, rear parking sensors, reversing camera and an anti-theft alarm,

At the time we drove the i30, all manual gearbox versions and the cheapest Active model did not have Autonomous Emergency Braking but Hyundai promised it would become a standard feature around Easter 2018.

The Premium models have Hyundai Smart Sense safety packages which feature Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane-Change Assist (LCA), Lane-Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Driver Attention Alert (DAA), Blindspot detection (BSD) with rear cross-traffic alert, Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW).

The i30 has been given a five-star ANCAP safety rating, on the ANCAP website they have used the results from the Hyundai Elantra testing, which is a similar car to the i30 but a sedan model. They have not yet tested the i30 for its own full safety rating but must feel it is similar enough to share the same results.

Some of these safety features are also features that drive me crazy as a mum! Like the lane departure and forward collision alert or the parking sensor beeping sound.

I want all the safety technology AND to be able to mute the sound when Tulsi’s asleep!

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