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Review: Hyundai i30

January 30, 2015

Today we’re taking a look at the Hyundai i30. 2014 reviews of the i30 were unanimously positive about the car’s incredible value for money and very generous equipment levels, further proving how far the Korean company has come over the last decade. As it stands, its biggest rivals are the Ford Focus and VW Golf – two of the hardest hitters in the family hatch category.

So will the Czech-made car’s economical engines and liberal use of tech be enough to beat the competition? Find out in today’s Hyundai i30 review.

hyundai i30

Original image by NRMA Motoring and Services

Design

The i30 is available both as a 3 and a 5 door hatchback – but no matter how many doors you go for, you’ll get a very sporty and fun car. The hexagonal grill is featured on all models and gives the nose of the i30 a unique, funky look sure to turn some heads. A high-set tail and daytime running LEDs further expand on this look. On the inside, we find an equally sporty looking dashboard – complete with lovely silver finishes that give the interior an entirely upmarket look.

Performance

The entry level Hyundai offers a choice of two engines – but if you get one of the several different trim levels, more engine options open up. Even if you don’t want to spend too much getting your Hyundai i30 financed, you’re guaranteed a very economical car. The entry level 1.4-litre petrol returns 47 miles to the gallon while still getting you from standstill to 62mph in just over 13 seconds. The entry level 1.6-litre diesel returns 76mpg and accelerates from 0-62 in 11.5 seconds – and if you’re concerned about your fuel usage, we recommend spending a bit more on kit to get the 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive engine for your Hyundai i30. Reviews of this engine report an output of 108bhp and an incredible 76.3mpg – enough to make some city cars blush. On top of that, it manages to stay below the 100g/km on the emissions front, making the car exempt from road tax.

Features

As we mentioned before, Hyundai is very open-handed with their kit. Even the basic trim gets air-conditioning, voice recognition, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a USB port. In the standard safety kit, we find hill-start assistance, 6 airbags and a stability control system – and to top it all off, the car has some lovely storage options with a ton of space, even in the three door. The quality levels of the interior have been updated as well, so the car can easily withstand a few bumps and scrapes. As far as family hatchbacks go, the Hyundai i30 capably competes with cars almost double its price.

hyundai i30 interior

Original image by NRMA Motoring and Services

And speaking of price, the entry level i30 starts at a very budget-friendly £14,605. If you have the option to spend a bit of money on kit, it’s definitely worth checking out your options – and if you need a little help financing your Hyundai i30, we can help. Use our online car loan calculator for an instant quote and apply online today.

About The Author

Jon Le Roux is co-founder and company director of The Car Loan Warehouse. Being a mad engineering and motorsport enthusiast, I spend more hours than is healthy, watching, reading or talking about cars, boats, motorbikes…..basically anything with an engine.