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For The cabin is spacious, classy-looking and well-finished, while the diesel engines are frugal and relatively smooth. The Hyundai i30 rides well, and the standard spec is generous.

Against The steering is lifeless and frustratingly vague around the straight-ahead. The gearshifts can be notchy, too.

Hyundai i30 Hatchback
44 5stars

There’s a lot to recommend the Hyundai i30. It provides an extremely tempting mix of talents, and all for an affordable price. It’s worthy of serious consideration.

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The full Hyundai i30 review

There are 6 Hyundai i30 versions available

Hatchback 1.4 100 SE 5dr £16,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 110 Blue Drive S 5dr £17,195
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 120 SE auto 5dr £17,895
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 110 Blue Drive SE 5dr £18,495
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 120 Premium 5dr £20,295
What Car? says:3 stars out of 5
Hatchback 1.6 CRDi 136 Blue Drive Premiu 5dr £23,595
What Car? says:4 stars out of 5

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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