Advice for buyers
What should I look for in a used Hyundai i30 hatchback?
There aren’t many common reported faults with the Hyundai i30, but when you inspect the car, you should make the usual checks. That includes insuring there’s no untoward smoke pouring from the exhaust (a little black smoke on hard acceleration is OK with a diesel model).
If you’re banking on keeping the five-year manufacturer going right to the end, you should also check that there’s evidence the car’s been serviced in accordance with Hyundai’s service schedule, in the form of stamps in the service book or invoices. And make sure genuine Hyundai parts have been used, too.
Only one recall has been issued affecting this model of i30. It affects manual cars built in January and February 2012, and required a new seal to be fitted to the handbrake calipers in order to ensure it continues to release properly. If you’re looking at one of the affected cars, it’s worth checking the work has been carried out.
What are the most common problems with a used Hyundai i30 hatchback?
Fortunately, few common faults seem to afflict the i30, though the one exception is that some owners’ clubs do report more frequent issues with diesel automatic models. The most common symptom is a juddering, either while cruising or under acceleration, though it’s thought the problem can usually be cured with little more than a software update.
Is a used Hyundai i30 hatchback reliable?
There’s very little official data out there to allow us to come to a conclusion either way, and what is there is inconclusive. The previous generation i30 has a great score in the What Car? Reliability Index. That said, Hyundai’s score was below average in the 2016 JD Power dependability survey.
However, on the plus side, it’s worth bearing in mind that all i30s came with a five-year manufacturer’s warranty from new – longer than most manufacturers’ three-year guarantees – so if you buy a new enough example, you’ll benefit from whatever’s left.