Used Hyundai i30 Hatchback 2007 - 2012 review

Category: Family car

The Hyundai is a dependable hatchback, but it won't set pulses racing

Hyundai i30 Hatchback (07 - 12)
  • Hyundai i30 Hatchback (07 - 12)
  • Hyundai i30 Hatchback (07 - 12)
Used Hyundai i30 Hatchback 2007 - 2012 review
Star rating

What's the used Hyundai i30 hatchback like?

While the Hyundai i30 is not class leading in any particular area, it still ranks as a highly capable small family car overall.

There's decent space for five, with a surprisingly large amount of rear legroom. The boot isn't as generous, but it's a good shape and easy to load. The seats are supportive and comfortable, but taller drivers might be frustrated by the limited seat adjustment.


The Hyundai is a dependable hatchback, but it won't set pulses racing

  • The i30 is well equipped, reliable and spacious
  • Dull styling combined with average ride and handling

The i30 has good grip through corners and provides a comfortable ride. The steering is a little numb, though. Wind noise isn't a problem, but road noise is noticeable and the car thuds over poor quality roads.

One of the Hyundai's limitations is its bland styling, both inside and out. However, the cabin does feel durable and solid, with a logical layout.

There's a good selection of safety kit as standard, including a minimum of six airbags and stability control.

Ownership cost

What used Hyundai i30 hatchback will I get for my budget?

How much does it cost to run a Hyundai i30 hatchback?

With CO2 emissions of 145g/km for the 1.4-litre petrol engine and 152g/km for the 1.6-litre, neither are expensive for road tax. The diesels do even better, with 125g/km for the 1.6 and 145g/km for the 2.0-litre. It's the same story when it comes to fuel economy, with the petrols doing an average of 46.3mpg and 45.5mpg respectively. The diesels can achieve 60.1mpg and 51.4mpg.

Servicing a Hyundai should prove slightly cheaper than rivals, and the five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty means you should pay out less for repairs.

Insurance costs are low with the range starting at group 4 and topping-out at group 8.

Our recommendations

Which used Hyundai i30 hatchback should I buy?

Of the two petrol engines available, we would recommend the 108bhp 1.4-litre. There are more of them available on the used market, and the 120bhp 1.6-litre unit doesn't feel much faster.

Diesel i30s are rare on the used market, but the strong and efficient 113bhp 1.6-litre is the most popular. The 138bhp 2.0-litre diesel feels smooth and powerful, but isn't much faster.

The entry-level Comfort model has an impressive equipment list, with air-con, stability control, alloy wheels and electric windows all round - so there's no good reason to look elsewhere. The Style model adds auto lights, part-leather seat trim and upgraded alloys. The Premium trim isn't as well appointed as the name suggests, however it does have climate control, parking sensors and automatic wipers.

An automatic gearbox is available on 1.6 and 2.0-litre diesel engines.


What alternatives should I consider to a used Hyundai i30 hatchback?