Hyundai i30

Hyundai i30 review

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What do vanilla, chicken supreme and the Hyundai i30 have in common? The answer is that all three are known for being safe, inoffensive but dull choices. At least, that’s what we’ve come to expect since the first generation i30 went on sale back in 2007.

But times are-a-changing and there’s now a third generation of Hyundai’s hatchback ready to challenge the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra hierarchy. Changes have been made under the skin in an attempt to spice up the driving experience and there’s a classy new look, too.

There the option of a hatchback (we're covering that here), a fastback and an estate, plus there's also a sporty i30N hot hatch that's remarkably good fun to drive.

All i30s offer decent value for money and come with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. Couple that to good levels of standard equipment, and the i30 certainly seems to remain a sensible choice. The question is, can it offer more?

Read on to find out in our full review and we'll tell you which engines and trims make the most sense. And if you decide you want to buy an i30, make sure you check out our latest deals to find out how much you could save without any awkward haggling.

 

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Trims
There are 14 trims available for the i30 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
S
Entry-level S models come with 15in alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a DAB rad...View trim
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£15,942
Average Saving £1,183
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SE
SE trim adds 16in alloy wheels, front foglights, a 5.0in colour touchscreen, rear parki...View trim
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£17,834
Average Saving £1,331
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SE Nav
SE Nav adds an integrated sat-nav and takes the screen size to 8.0in, as well as bringi...View trim
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£18,548
Average Saving £1,387
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Go SE
This limited-edition trim is based on SE Nav, but adds bigger alloys, dual-zone climate...View trim
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£18,706
Average Saving £1,399
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SE Nav
SE Nav adds an integrated sat-nav and takes the screen size to 8.0in, as well as bringi...View trim
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£19,012
Average Saving £1,423
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N Line
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
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£19,775
Average Saving £220
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Premium
Premium trim brings 17in alloy wheels, climate control, an electronic parking brake, el...View trim
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£20,681
Average Saving £1,554
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Premium
Premium trim brings 17in alloy wheels, climate control, an electronic parking brake, el...View trim
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£20,953
Average Saving £1,572
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N Line+
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
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£21,630
Average Saving £1,625
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Premium SE
Range-topping Premium SE trim rounds things off with a panoramic sunroof, real leather...View trim
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£21,887
Average Saving £1,648
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Premium SE
Range-topping Premium SE trim rounds things off with a panoramic sunroof, real leather...View trim
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£22,159
Average Saving £1,666
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N
Even the entry-level i30N hot hatch offers more toys than its rivals, including 18in al...View trim
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£24,953
Average Saving £1,042
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N Performance
Move up to the Performance model and, as well as the limited-slip differential, 19in wh...View trim
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£28,304
Average Saving £1,191
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N Performance
We have not written anything about this yet...View trim
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£29,995
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