Dear Drive…. I own a Hyundai Excel as well as an i30. Do I return the i30?


An question from a reader who clearly loves a Hyundai.

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Pail was listening to 3AW and asked James Ward:

I have a Hyundai i30 automatic and I have a Hyundai Excel as well. Is the i30 any good, or should I return it?

The Hyundai i30 is a great car. Not only it is one of Australia’s best-selling small cars, but it’s also one that drives well and offers great value too. In fact, the warmed-up SR version even won a Drive Car of the Year award back in 2017.

If you’re interested in reading about different models, our current and historical Hyundai i30 reviews can be found quite easily.

Managing editor Trent Nikolic recently scored the facelifted Hyundai i30 Elite Hatch 7.9/10, and comparisons editor Glenn Butler 8.8/10 for the N Performance model.

Common sentiment between both journalists was that both models featured safe and confident handling, but also used more fuel than what’s officially claimed. That’s despite the pair featuring different engines and transmissions.

However, we think the 22-year old Excel is a slice of motoring history. It’s the car that really started it for Hyundai in Australia, so we reckon it’s worth looking look after for future generations to see and enjoy.

We reckon you should keep both, as there’s no question how far safety has come since the 1990s.

It’s a reason enough alone to keep the newer Hyundai for daily driver duties, reserving the classic for the weekends!

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After more than a decade working in the product planning and marketing departments of brands like Kia, Subaru and Peugeot, Justin Narayan returned to being a motoring writer – the very first job he held in the industry.

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