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The Classic choice.

Byline: IAN JOHNSON

HYUNDAI is in the public eye at the moment for the amazing developments in its new i30 range which include a diesel model featuring just 97g/km emissions and up to 76.3mpg, but the company has not forgotten the band of mainly family motorists who still want an economical petrol option.

This is where the new i30 Classic 1.4 100PS petrol model clocks up the Brownie points.

It may not be the most headline-grabbing model in the latest range but it is a clever choice for those wanting petrol power and a combined fuel economy figure of 47.1mpg.

The recent rise in diesel prices and often more expensive oil-powered models have sharpened up the focus on better petrol cars and the i30 ticks many of the required boxes in this field.

Designed and engineered at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Russelsheim, Germany, it has a definite European bias and plays an ace card in imparting a much improved brand image.

It is manufactured in the Czech Republic and the 1.4 petrol is the entry model of the range at pounds 14,495.

But this does not mean it is just the cheapie as it features some remarkable qualities.

Firstly the engine, a 1,396cc DOHC 16-valve, is one of the most silent of its type I have experienced.

At tick-over it is so quiet you actually think it has stopped or that the stop-start has cut in.

It all makes for a relaxing and comfortable drive with a top speed of 113mph and a reasonable 0-62mph sprint of 13.2 seconds.

And it has lots of space, being longer, wider and lower than its predecessor.

One thing that Hyundai has done is to provide every model in the i30 range with a six-speed gearbox and this works very well with the 1.4 petrol.

Compared to the original i30 the total cost of ownership will be reduced by better fuel economy, lower CO2 emissions at 139g/km, lower insurance groups and lower servicing costs.

Then it has Hyundai's now well-known five-year unlimited-mileage warranty which is fully transferable.

In appearance it is the latest expression of what Hyundai terms its "fluidic sculpture" designs and it certainly is easy on the eye.

Flowing lines impart a dynamic look to the car and although the base i30 model it has the power to pull second glances from the public.

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* Hyundai has provided every model in the i30 range with a six-speed gearbox and this works very well with the 1.4 petrol
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Mar 30, 2012
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