Twin Test: Hatchbacks 08 August 2014 by Parkers Team We pit the popular VW Golf against the value for money Hyunday i30 Costs, practicality and performance all considered Find out which hatchback is the winner Enlarge 2 photos Main image caption Hyundai i30 It’s easy to aspire to owning a VW Golf, but what if there was another family car that was just as competent, backed by a lengthy manufacturer warranty and available for less cash? We put the Hyundai i30 to the test to find out which one deserves your money. Volkswagen Golf (09-12) vs Hyundai i30 (12 on) Driving Doesn’t matter if it’s a GTI or TDI, all Golfs handle and perform with aplomb. The turbocharged small capacity petrols are particularly good, diesel engines also shine with mix of refinement and efficiency and DSG automatic gearbox barely affects economy. The i30 is not quite as sharp as the Golf, but for family duties it’s perfectly competent. The Flex Steer system allows the driver to alter steering weight, and all petrol and diesel engines are effcient, though there’s nothing available with more than 128bhp. Practicality Golf actually has one of the smallest boots in its class, but it is well-shaped and has a large opening. It does trump the Hyundai for passenger space though plus the Golf’s cabin is impeccably built. Trim levels are S, Match and GT and all come with air conditioning, electric front windows and a hill-hold control. The i30’s 378-litre boot is 28-litres larger than the Golfs and there’s plenty of storage spaces in the cabin. It’s all made of hard wearing materials and will stand up to the rigours of family life easily. Even basic Classic models come with Bluetooth, steering wheel audio controls, electric front windows and air conditioning. Costs You’ll pay more for servicing and parts on your Golf but there’s plenty of garages who’ll be happy to maintain it for you. All engines are economical, though Bluemotion model is sub 100g/km (so free road tax) and manages 74mpg. The VW badge still commands a premium though, so your Golf will be two years older than a Hyundai i30 of the same price Choose Hyundai’s 1.6-litre Blue Drive diesel for minimum costs; it can achieve 76mpg and only emits 97g/km. There’s a five year manufacturer warranty transferrable between owners; if the Golf’s over three years old you’ll get nothing. And Hyundai dealers are reasonably priced and have a reputation for excellent customer care. VW Golf Hyundai i30 Engines: Power: 0-62mph: Economy: Fuel Capacity: CO2 Emissions: Road Tax: Insurance Groups: Boot Space: Petrol and Diesel, 1.2 to 2.0 litres 78-167 bhp 7.7-1.5 seconds 39-74 mpg 55 litres 99-149 g/km £0-£285 7 – 30 350-1,305 litres Petrol and Diesel, 1.4 to 1.6 litres 88-126 bhp 10.6-13.1 seconds 44-74 mpg 53 litres 97-145 g/km £0-£140 6-13 378-1,316 Verdict Hyundai i30 – Winner Buy with your head rather than your heart and the cheaper, newer, better equipped Hyundai i30 is clearly in the lead. The five year warranty simply seals the deal. For many the Golf is the defacto choice and with good reason. It’s comfortable, great to drive, impeccably well-built and is more desirable than anything else. But when money’s tight the Hyundai should make you think twice. Advertisement Hyundai i30 Volkswagen offer a wider choice of engines.