Pretty well actually. I’m used to larger SUVs, but there’s something refreshing about jumping into a small car and being able to nip in and out of traffic. According to my CarsGuide colleagues, that’s down to the i30 having a lower centre of gravity than an SUV, therefore it’s much more nimble and adheres to the road better than a higher car would. It's a real difference after driving in cars that sit high off the road.
It’s got a 2.0-litre petrol engine which has enough power to get me up hills quickly and I would feel confident taking this car on longer road trips, too.
And while the handling is good, the steering wheel is slightly stiff, but because it’s a small car this is something I quickly got used to - the turning circle of 10.6m means you’re doing fewer three point turns than you would in a larger car, so you notice the steering less.
It’s also a fun drive. I was fitting into car spots I haven’t fit into in years, it almost felt like I'd dropped a dress size! And it really did impact on the ease of driving a car every day - especially if you live in an area where squeezing into tight parks is the norm, like I do.