Hyundai i30 Fastback
Affordable new cars used to be junk. The door handles would break, the cable in the handbrake would snap. They’d rust away whenever it rained, and they looked boxy and awful. In short, cheap cars had to be avoided but that’s not the case nowadays. Brands like Dacia and Kia pride themselves on selling affordable new cars. They market their brands through great deals rather than through flashy ad campaigns.
You might not find a car from Germany on this list but don’t worry about where the brand originated because that doesn’t affect the quality of the product. Thanks to import taxes, cars sold in Europe are generally made in Europe so you’ll be getting European craftsmanship even if the brand from another continent where quality standards aren’t perceived to be as high.
This is the Hyundai i30 Fastback. It looks like the sort of car you could park in the office car park without being ridiculed by that guy who drives a BMW. And at £17,000 it’s very affordable. This car comes with bespoke suspension that stiffens the springs by 15% over the standard i30 models. You’ll have a choice of either a 1.0-litre T-GDI three-cylinder or a 1.4-litre T-GDI four-cylinder engine if you opt for a petrol model. The diesel variant is powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder that’s available in two states of tune – 108bhp or 134bhp.
Inside the cabin, you can expect the same luxuries found in all 130 models, and a 5-inch or 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with satnav and smartphone connectivity will be available on the options list.
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