2007 Hyundai i30 SLX 1.6L turbo diesel
Would probably still have it, had I been the first owner
Headlamp bulbs blew several times in two years; needed to replace both sides each time, and very fiddly to replace.
Front tyres wore unevenly on the edges.
Hard interior plastics scuffed easily.
The car was over four years old when I sold it, and had been flawless mechanically.
It still felt very solid, and was very comfortable for long trips (had done regular 350km trips without breaks).
Classed as a small car, but very spacious inside.
The interior trim had a quality feel with lots of soft-touch plastics used around the cabin. I had the mid-range model (SLX), which also added silver bits around the place to liven it up a bit.
The only thing I thought was missing was cruise control; Hyundai added this a year later.
The diesel engine was peppy enough and extremely economical; I regularly recorded under 5L/100km trips (mostly highway driving).
Back seats folded down flat by displacing the bench cushions, giving wagon-like space in the rear.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 10th April, 2013