Great car, let down by an uncomfortable interior
Black plastic on LH mirror is starting to fade.
6 speed manual is quite zippy, with little turbo lag.
Fuel economy is good at 5.9 L/100km freeway/outer metro, 6.2L/100km around town, and at open road speeds with 5 people on board (Perth to Dongara with the family of 5 and all our luggage).
Towed a tandem trailer to Dongara at Christmas with a heavy fold out couch on it, plus 5 in the car and our luggage. Averaged 8.2L/100km sitting on the speed limit. Held 100kmh up the hills no problems in 6th gear at 1400 RPM. Fuel usage was less at this low rev than at 1700ish in 5th. I was impressed.
Ride and handling are good enough for me. My wife accuses me of driving it like a sports car. Sits well on the road at high speeds. I suspect it would feel nice and stable at 180kmh, and still pull well at this sort of speed, but I would never do such a thing on a public road, so I am just guessing...
Seats are hard and uncomfortable. Budget for some sheep skins if you are considering one of these cars. The middle back seat is particularly hard and unpleasant. The front seats are narrow, and the side supports are high and hard and dig in to your leg. I am 5 foot 10 inches tall and 73kg, so not a big bloke my any measure. The i30 I bought for the missus is way better laid out inside, and far more comfortable to drive.
Air con fan speed knob gets hit by your knee, if you try and relax a bit on a long trip.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 28th January, 2013