2010 Hyundai i30 cw 2.0 petrol
Good, not great
Badly slipping auto transmission.
This car was purchased with the intention of having a reasonably compact vehicle to lug work equipment around the city and do family duty on the weekend. In hindsight, I think the diesel may have been a better option.
The 2.0 engine produces adequate power on paper, but in practice it feels quite sluggish, especially when laden or on hills. The transmission started to slip after about 40000km. Supposedly fixed under warranty, but kept happening. Slipped badly on brisk take offs and made for scary overtaking kick downs. The car seemed to stop/turn OK, but was far from sporting (no surprise there). Not as nice to drive as Focus/3/Corolla of the same era, but certainly more spacious and good equipment for the price.
Load space is great, but front seats weren't the best on long trips, although I'm fairly tall and found the head/leg room quite acceptable. Not sure the interior trim would stand up to kids long term. USB port didn't provide enough power to recharge my iPhone while it played.
Fuel economy was good - generally about 8.0L/100km mixed driving and down to 6.2 on the highway. Servicing costs are very reasonable.
Overall a decent, practical car, but not as reliable as I hoped.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 5th July, 2015