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What is it?
The Hyundai i30 is a small family car available in five-door hatchback or estate forms and in the case of the Turbo version it’s available as a three-door and five-door hatchback, but not estate. There are five trim levels, five engines and a choice of a six-speed manual gearbox or two automatics (one six-speed and one seven-speed with paddle shift). The current version went on sale in the first half of 2015.
What is the Hyundai i30 like to drive?
The i30 is a competitive car that concentrates on offering a comfortable ride. As such it’s not only a good town car but also a good motorway cruiser too. The quality and design of the interior is worth noting as it is easily on a par with more expensive vehicles.
What engines are available?
There are three petrol engines and two diesels to pick from in the i30 range. The diesel is a 1.6-litre unit available in either 110hp or 136hp guise. The petrol range is almost as simple with a 100hp 1.4, 120hp 1.6 or a 186hp 1.6 turbo. The 136hp diesel is only available in the Premium trim level and the 186hp petrol is only available in the Turbo model.
What are the key standard features of the Hyundai i30?
Hyundai offers a traditional and simple line-up with trim levels starting at S which includes aircon, Bluetooth, steering wheel controls, front fog lights, USB and Aux sockets, LED day running lights, powered and heated door mirrors and powered front windows.
What are the key options?
Hyundai has opted to load their cars with standard equipment rather than offer options. Drivers can however add metallic paint or a service plan.
How spacious is the Hyundai i30?
In keeping with the car’s comfort levels, the interior has good room for four adults both in terms of head room and leg room. The estate model has the advantage of appearing to offer greater shoulder room for rear seat passengers. The boot space is near class-leading in the hatchback at 378-litres below the luggage cover. And the i30 estate has a whopping 528 litres before you start folding the rear seats. At this level it’s a serious rival for cars in the sector above.
What will it cost to run?
The 110hp diesel is impressively efficient and has an official fuel figure of 78.5mpg. This is linked to a 94g/km CO2 output – putting the i30 hatchback in the 16% benefit in kind tax band (the estate with the same engine comes in at 109g/km and 67.3mpg). The 136hp diesel comes in at 102g/km and 70.6mpg in hatch form. The petrols start at 138g/km for the 100hp 1.4 and rise to 169g/km for CO2 in the Turbo versions.
What safety features does it have?
All models come with at least six airbags, anti-skid control and Isofix in the rear seats. The Premium and Turbo cars also come with a seventh driver’s knee airbag. The current car has yet to be tested by EuroNCAP but its predecessor, launched in 2012, scored five stars.