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Hyundai i30 Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 110 Blue Drive Active 5dr Review

For Our favourite engine thanks to its impressive mix of performance, economy and affordability. Active trim provides all you need, too.

Against Only the things that blight all i30s, namely the vague steering and notchy gearshift.

Hyundai i30 Hatchback

What Car? says

4 out of 5 stars

Our favourite version of the i30. A great car, especially at this money.

What Car? readers say


Key facts

11.5 secs
Top speed
115 mph
Average mpg
Tank range
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Buyer's notes

Target Price team says:

Hyundai is a brand that usually competes on value, but the i30 is good enough to fight its corner on merit.

We’ve driven the two higher-powered diesels and the regular petrol, and we’re happy to recommend all of them. The diesel units are strong and smooth, and quieten down nicely at cruising speeds. The 1.4 petrol is quite refined, and also pretty efficient. Overall, though, we reckon that the lower-powered version of the 1.6 diesel is the best bet.

We’d avoid the automatics unless you absolutely can’t change gear yourself; they’re a lot less economical and, it can’t match the dual-clutch transmissions offered by VW and Ford for smoothness.

Hyundai’s five-year warranty is well known, but the firm’s care package also includes five years of breakdown cover and five years of free annual ‘check-ups’. The company has also recently opened a multi-million-pound dealer service training centre as it aims to improve its customer care in the UK.

Reader test team says:

Hyundai i30 Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 110 Blue Drive Active 5dr

I have had this car for 2 years and been back to the dealer 6 times other than for service. The quality of this car is poor and the warranty mediocre.…

Jerry Brees

1 out of 5 stars

Hyundai i30 Hatchback 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive Style Nav 5dr

I was reluctant to take delivery of the Blue Hyundai I30 1.6CRDI, as i wasn't keen driving around or having a tag of "Oh you drive a Hyundai" The…

Iain Corcoran

4 out of 5 stars
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