I have driven this car with the 1.4 petrol for 2500kms in Italy over the past13 days. I find the engine very tractable which is necessary when pulling away from tights corners. There is not a huge turbo lag! It pulls well from 1500 rpms and up. The car is so quiet on the highway! I find it stable and with good on centre feel and turn in. Overall I am quite impressed.
"The Hyundai i30 is a well-built and refined family car, but it fails to excite in a class with plenty of dynamic and stylish rivals."
"The Hyundai i30 is worth considering if you value ease of ownership and minimal running costs above speed and driving enjoyment."
Traded in a 2015 Ford Focus due to the known transmission issues. Was happy to stick with Ford, however they only offered $10,000 for a car which was not even 2 years old with only 19,000Ks on the clock. Hadn’t even considered an i30, however the value for money was excellent. I purchased an i30 SR which came standard with leather seats, reversing camera, climate control, Apple CarPlay, push button start etc. While this is our second family car, it’s comfortable to drive in, even long distance trips. It does use a little more fuel than what I thought it would, however nothing of major concern. I have had a few issues with the car, one being that after a software update on my phone that when using CarPlay music would “clip” and “pop”, to the point where I couldn’t use CarPlay for music and maps. Hyundai said a software update would be released soon for this, however it took nearly a year for this to be done, and in the end I ended up receiving the update from someone off the internet, which fixed the problem right away. Second issue I had was a loud rattle from the dash, which sounded like 2 parts rubbing together. Whenever I went over a speed bump, or a slight dip in the road it sounded like the dash was smashing on the windscreen and about to crack. Took the car to Hyundai and they had it for a whole day and fixed the issue. Seems like part of the dash was rubbing on a pipe which was causing the issue. Haven’t had this noise come back since. Overall it’s a fantastic car, only wished I paid the extra $2000 and had the sunroof installed. Hyundai however were excellent with their trade in on my old Focus, offering $16,000 and with a bit of haggling back and forth, I drove away with only having to pay $10,000 out of pocket for my car, which was $29,000. This also included floor mats, tinted windows, paint protection (which I would never pay for) a full tank of fuel and a $1000 gift card. Looking at trading it in soon for maybe an SUV type of car, and while I don’t like the look of the Kona, a Tuson maybe on the cards.
Hyundai i30 small-family hatchback; 1.6-litre diesel, 110bhp, 99g/km, €180 road tax; 6spd gearbox.
Price: From €22,745 for 1-litre turbo petrol; 1.6-litre diesel from €24,495. Delivery, related charges extra.
Standard spec includes: dual-zone climate control; cruise control/speed limiter, driver attention alert, Autonomous Emergency Braking, 16ins alloys, front fogs, lane keep assist; LED daytime running lights, electric and folding mirrors, rear parking assist; rear-view camera, electric windows.
Deluxe-Plus adds 8ins touchscreen, Android auto and Apple Car Play, sat nav.
It’s easy to overlook the i30, especially in such a crowded segment with an enormous amount of other options out there. The Hyundai is still an appealing proposition though, thanks to a generous standard kit list, frugal engines and a good drive.
Add to this a comprehensive warranty and plenty of space, and it surely deserves to be on your list of potential family hatchbacks.
The Hyundai i30 isn’t just practical, it’s fairly frugal too. Pick a 1.0-litre model for pottering around town (it’ll return around 35mpg in real-world conditions) or a 1.4-litre model if you do a broader mix of town and motorway journeys. The 1.6-litre diesel is only really suitable for very high-mileage drivers, however.
Driving the Hyundai i30 over rough roads is pretty comfortable, thanks to its reasonably soft suspension, but it leans quite a lot in tight corners. Both the Vauxhall Astra and Ford Focus inspire a touch more confidence on a twisty country lane.
On a brighter note, the Hyundai i30 received an impressive five-star safety rating from Euro NCAP in its tough 2017 crash tests. This makes it one of the safest cars on sale and well worth considering if you’re looking for a solid and practical family car that won’t break the bank.
You can get more in-depth info on the Hyundai i30 by reading our following interior, driving and specification reviews sections.
Love it. General all round good little car with fantastic fuel economy.
A few blind spots. Particularly when checking whats over your shoulder when changing lanes or reversing. Otherwise great little car.
This is my first diesel car. 1.4 turbo. Quite pokey for size of engine but to get best mpg on long journeys use cruise control. Just did a trip from Norwich to Willaston and averaged 66.4mpg. Usually achieve between 48~52mpg. When purchased there was an issue with a.c. unit but was rectified under warranty also steering wheel leather disintegrating also changed under warranty. Driver's inner door seal split, was told not covered as was wear and tear on a car just covered 36000 miles. I has a 12yr old fiat punto whose door seal was the original. Come on hyundai pull the other one. Cabin space for passengers front and back excellent, however driver space is annoyingly cramped by a stupid centre console trim that serves no purpose and like all new cars the armrests intrude into leg space. The MK1 i30 was better for driver comfort. All the gadgetry inside bluetooth etc works well. Boot space is fantastic and as I go camping a lot the roof rails for the roof box are a doddle to fit. Unfortunately I was a victim of vandalism with a foot long scratch on f.pax door. The only recognised repair shop Hyundai would deal with quoted £997. I found somewhere just as good with 3yr warranty on the work for £560. As I only have 2yrs left on warranty of vehicle and wasn't going to screw my insurance up for a claim on some moronic act.
My dream car . I parche this car
I had I30 2016. for 25000km. Yea, u dont impress young girls with it, and i was pretty biased like my friends. But i have to say, its good car...but look, how i30 looks like in 2009 f.a and look at golf in 2009 and then move to present...new golf 7 and this i30. In february im going to pick up new golf but trust me, I could not decide which car i have to choose, i30 or golf. After couple of rides with both models with same specification, I choose golf. Little bit looks better, and i prefer simple golf design(boring yea). So it was about personal preferencies. But heats off for i30...
no major issues, daily transport, cheap services haven't had to replace brakes yet. it has 180000kms on the clock. Fuel economy is 7.3l per 100kms. 5 speed is under geared a 6th gear would be great on the highway.
Perfect car , been driving almost 3 years now , engine condition is perfect , will worth it for your money , so highly recommend this for anyone , specially for beginners this will gonna be perfect car to learn how to drive as well , so thank you Hyundai
East Bunbury Commuter
Everything is Awesome!
I have only driven this vehicle 79 miles since purchasing it today, but I am really impressed. It is the last word in luxury, and as for the critics views about its steering and road noise being bad, I beg to differ. The steering has three adjustments, and whilst the 'comfort' setting is light for manoeuvring the car, the 'normal' and 'speed' settings are perfect on the road. As for road noise, the radio is beautiful, and one can hear that, and conversations, with no trouble at all. The car has every available extra, plus some, and it is a serious rival to most other manufacturers - not least in its lesser price. Sadly it's automatic gearbox puts it in a higher tax bracket regarding emissions, but the ride, luxury, space, comfort, and the car's looks, makes it worthwhile. Thank you, Hyundai, AA used cars, and Edens of Reading, for making me a happy man.
PURCHAST SEC/HAND 9000MILES 8 MONTHS £12,000 GREAT BUY, NO TAX THATS £00:00. CHEAP TO INSHURE £220.00 FIRST YEAR 12,000 MILES.SERVICE £110.00 AT BRADFORD HYUNDIA MAIN DEALER 44mpg SHORT HILLY JOURNEYS WE LIVE AT 1000feet 55-60mph MOTORWAY JOURNEYS. NO FAULTS AT 20 months 14,000miles. WEL THATS THE NUMBERS NOT BAD SO FARE,SEATS FIT LIKE A GLOVE AND COMFATABLE, DASH WORKS WELL AND CLEAR. STOREAGE IN THE FRONT IS AMPLE ALLTHO CUP HOLDERS A LITTLE TO BIG. CONTROLS ON STEARING AMPLE.THE ACTIVE IS PACKED WITH GOOD FEATCHERS WITH GOOD SAFETY FEATCHERS. BOOT SPACE ADIQUATE.ROAD HOLDING GREAT AT SPEED BUT BETTER TYRES WOULD IMPROVE EVEN BETTER AND REDUCE ROAD NOISE WHICH IS NOT BAD ON THE HOLD.STOP START REQUIRES CHARGEING BATTERY OVERNIGHT NOW AND THEN TO WORK WELL. ONE VERY PLEASED OWNER