What used Hyundai i30 hatchback will I get for my budget?
At the time of writing, prices start at £11,000 for an early i30 of this generation. That said, the i30 is still relatively new, so expect the entry price to fall rapidly as earlier cars grow older. In any case, the i30 is shaping up to be pretty good value compared with its rivals; you’ll find prices are below those of the Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia, and on a par with the Ford Focus, Seat Leon and Peugeot 308.
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How much does it cost to run a Hyundai i30 hatchback?
While the i30’s engines are from the ‘small and turbocharged’ school of thought that should mean they’re extremely economical, they aren’t quite as advanced or clever as those of some rivals, with the result that fuel economy, particularly for the 1.4 petrol, lags far behind. The 1.0 petrol and 1.6 diesel are both better, but neither can match the very best in the class.
Only a handful of i30s will have been registered before the 1 April 2017 cutoff for the new tax regime. If yours is one of these cars, rejoice, because you’ll pay considerably less tax – although your bills won’t be quite as low as those from other manufacturers, due to the i30’s slightly higher emissions figures. Expect to pay £30 a year for the 1.0 and automatic versions of the 1.6 diesel, and £115 for the 1.4; manual versions of the 1.6 diesel cost nothing to tax. If your car was registered after 1 April 2017, by contrast, you’ll pay a flat rate of £140 a year.
Servicing and repair costs on Hyundais are generally very reasonable compared with those of most other makes. However, keep in mind that Hyundai’s discounted out-of-warranty menu service pricing scheme won’t kick in until your i30 hits five years old; for other manufacturers, it starts at three years old, so you’ll be able to take advantage of cheaper servicing sooner.