Five years ago, a Korean family hatchback that drove as well as an established European alternative would have been considered a revelation. And the original i30 was. It was a breakthrough car, no less.
And while consolidating a position among the class’s top acts was no doubt every bit as tough as breaking in among them in the first place, Hyundai’s engineers have nonetheless done a fine job.
Refinement remains the most compelling dynamic reason to buy an i30. Our test example’s 65-profile tyres probably enhanced the rubber-footed suppleness of its chassis, but at any trim level the Hyundai’s capacity to soothe away the pits and disturbances of a nasty surface must rival the very best in the segment. It’s a virtue that complements the car’s roomy cabin and decent mechanical refinement with pleasing harmony.
A bigger relative improvement has been made in delivering that rolling comfort along with chassis balance, body control, handling response and steering precision which are almost as praiseworthy.