- Spacious interior
- Efficient diesel engines
- Refined ride
- Not as fun to drive as a Focus
- Dated safety equipment
- Depreciation from new
Stylish, practical family hatchback
The Hyundai i30 is one of the Korean manufacturer’s best-selling cars. First released in 2007, the i30 is a family hatchback that’s up against the Ford Focus, the Volkswagen Golf, and the Vauxhall Astra, in an extremely crowded market. Popular with family buyers on a budget, the i30 offers lots of practical space, a well-built interior, and Hyundai’s excellent 5-year warranty package. It might not have the badge prestige of some of its rivals, but the i30 really is a well-rounded family car.
An update in 2012 saw a complete redesign, improving the chassis, interior quality, and aesthetics.
Well-built interior and generous equipment
If you’re buyer who likes an interior that feels like it’s built to last, you’re going to be impressed with the i30. The build quality in the i30 is exceptional, and whilst it might not be the most eye-catching design, the i30 is one of the most spacious cars in its class.
The dashboard design of the i30 is much improved over Hyundai’s of old, as it is both contemporary and high quality. It doesn’t feel quite as classy as a Volkswagen Golf in here, but the materials used throughout feel well constructed, with attractive soft-touch plastics being used on the top of the dash. Higher up in the i30 range you’ll get classier trim, and controls are well-damped and easy to use no matter which i30 you go for.
Space-wise, the i30 is in the upper echelons of the class, but it’s still not the class-leader. The 378 litre boot capacity is bigger than the Ford Focus (316 litres), and the Vauxhall Astra (351 litres), but slightly smaller than the Volkswagen Golf (380 litres). There’s enough room for most family needs in the boot, and there’s also a low load lip, which makes getting heavy items in and out a piece of cake.
As with most of the Hyundai range, equipment levels are generous. The entry-level S trim comes with Bluetooth, air-con, LED daytime running lights, and electric heated door mirrors, but only comes with front electric windows. Most buyers will want to go for the slightly more expensive SE trim, as it adds rear electric windows, improved interior trim, alloy wheels, and rear parking sensors, and offers the best value for money.
The Hyundai i30 offers everything that you could ever need from the interior of a family hatchback. Quality is good, the design is attractive, there’s plenty of space both in the cabin and in the boot, and there’s lots of kit as standard. It really is a solid package.
Comfortable and refined, but not as fun to drive as some rivals
Comfort is the name of the game with the i30, and when you get it out on the open road it becomes quite apparent. It’s by no means the most engaging car to drive in the family hatchback class (if you want a truly fun car, buy a Focus), but it still handles itself pretty well. There’s plenty of grip in the corners, and it always feels confident, whatever the weather. Unfortunately however, there’s quite a bit of body roll at speed, and steering offers very little feedback.
Suspension and Chassis
Whilst the i30 might not be much fun, it’s certainly comfortable. Most family buyers are going to be more interested in this, especially those who do a lot of long distance driving. The supple ride is one of the best in the class, as it irons out even the worst road surfaces without any fuss at all, and there’s very little road and wind noise, even at high speeds, so you can comfortably cruise along the motorway all day long.
Gearbox options in the i30 come in two guises. The standard throughout the range is a six-speed manual gearbox, that’s sharp, responsive, and gives greater flexibility than some of the five-speed transmissions found in some entry-level rivals. There’s also a six-speed automatic gearbox available on some models, though it’s slow to react to when you need a quick burst of acceleration, and it also increases fuel consumption, so it might be one to avoid.
A good range of flexible petrol and diesel engines
When it comes to deciding how you want to power your i30, you’ve got the usual two options: petrol, or diesel. There’s a range of power outputs in the range to suit individual needs, with a particularly green, efficient diesel being the pick of the bunch.
If it’s power that you want from your i30, you should consider the petrol-powered turbocharged 1.6 litre T GDI. This engine produces 186bhp, and will accelerate from 0-62mph in just 8 seconds. It’s not a match for the hot hatches in the family hatchback class, but it’s plenty quick enough for most buyers, and it’s an awful lot cheaper.
Eco-friendly buyers will be delighted to see that there’s an i30 with sub 100g/km CO2 emissions. The diesel-powered 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive engine produces just 94g/km, which is enough to contribute towards saving the planet, whilst also giving buyers free road tax each year. This makes this model the best for money savers as well. Not only is there no road tax to pay, there’s also a claimed 78.4mpg on offer. For anyone clocking up serious miles, this is going to be a huge money-saver.
Whichever engine you choose to go for in your i30 you’re not going to be disappointed. All engines have enough power for the i30 never to feel slow, whilst there’s a cracking option for those with a need for speed, and environmentalists will be delighted with the diesels.
Full marks in NCAP safety tests, good standard safety kit
Like nearly every car in its class, the Hyundai i30 easily achieved the highest possible 5-star NCAP safety rating. With scores of 90% in adult safety, 90% in child safety, and 67% in pedestrian safety, the Hyundai i30 is one of the safest family hatchbacks currently on sale. You’ll also get six airbags and electronic stability control as standard, though it does lack the more modern city braking systems found on newer cars.
Superb value for money, if you avoid the cost of new-car depreciation
The Hyundai i30 represents excellent value for money for buyers. This varies from model to model, but generally speaking CO2 emissions are similar to those in equivalent rivals, and fuel efficiency is impressive. Blue Drive diesels offer the best value for money, as they’re the most efficient, and come with free road tax. When you consider how much cheaper the i30 is than some of its rivals, it becomes even more impressive.
Insurance costs in the i30 are also pretty good value, though this again depends on which model you choose to go for. You’re not going to be paying any more money out each year than you would be for an equivalent rival however, and in some cases you’ll be paying even less. The cheapest i30 to insure in the range is the 1.4 CRDi Classic, which is in group 6, whilst the most expensive is the top of the range 1.6 CRDi Premium, which is in group 13.
Depreciation is a large factor with the i30, but only if you choose to buy from new. With first year depreciation as high as 40%, you’re better off opting for an inspected used equivalent.
The Hyundai i30 is one of the most impressive family hatchbacks money can buy. Fortunately, it’s also one of the cheapest. It offers tremendous practicality, a comfortable ride, class-leading safety scores, and exceptional day-to-day value for money. It might not have the badge prestige of some of its rivals, but when it comes down to actual quality, the i30 is up there with the best.
Buying a used Hyundai i30 online with Carspring
If you’re after a used Hyundai i30 for sale, it can all feel like a bit of an ordeal. What, with long days spent around gigantic car supermarkets, or time spent trawling through classified websites, looking for that ideal used i30. Carspring makes it simple. Buy your next used Hyundai i30 online with the touch of a button. Simply decide on the model you want and choose how you want to pay.
Looking to finance your used Hyundai? Not a problem, we work with our carefully selected finance partners to ensure that, if you’re paying monthly for your used Hyundai i30, you know you’re getting the best rates. What’s more, with any Carspring used i30, you also get our 14-day money-back guarantee and 6 months’ free Carspring Warranty. Plus, you don’t have to leave your home. We’ll deliver your used Hyundai to you at a time and place of your choice.
*This is an approximate figure based on the range of the car’s list price and the AA’s average 1st-year depreciation cost of 40%.