Hyundai i30 review

Category: Family car

Section: Performance & drive

Hyundai i30 2020 rear
  • Hyundai i30 2020 front
  • Hyundai i30 2020 rear
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 dashboard
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 rear seats
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 infotainment
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 wide cornering
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 front right static
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 rear right static
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 front seats
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 instruments
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 boot open
  • Hyundai i30 2020 front
  • Hyundai i30 2020 rear
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 dashboard
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 rear seats
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 infotainment
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 wide cornering
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 front right static
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 rear right static
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 front seats
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 instruments
  • Hyundai i30 hatchback 2020 boot open
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In this section:
  • Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox
  • Suspension and ride comfort
  • Handling
  • Noise and vibration

Performance & drive

What it’s like to drive, and how quiet it is

Engine, 0-60mph and gearbox

Since the i30 was updated, we've only driven one engine: the 1.0 T-GDi 48v Hybrid 120, which produces 118bhp.

Like the other engines in the range, it features a very small electric motor and battery, for a little electrical ‘kick’ as you drive around, but while there's enough performance for day-to-day driving, it's not going to set your world on fire. The 0-62mph sprint takes 11.2sec, which is slower than the equivalent Ford Focus, Seat Leon, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf

The steering never really involves you in the action, either, and it's quite heavy once you add a bit of lock on to, say, get around a mini-roundabout. The i30 does grip strongly, though.

Noise and vibration

The i30 is a reasonably quiet car at speed, keeping wind noise well suppressed. However, road noise is more intrusive than it is in a Focus, and you hear more suspension noise than you do in a Mazda 3

New car deals
Save up to £1,500
Target Price from £20,085
Save up to £1,500
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From £16,750
Leasing deals
From £200pm