Which used Hyundai i30 hatchback should I buy?
Of all the engines, the 1.0 represents the best compromise between efficiency, performance and cost. It’s hardly a ball of fire, but the more powerful 1.4 is too thirsty and too costly to tax to justify. The 1.6 diesel, however, is a decent alternative if you’re doing higher mileages.
Entry-level S models aren’t badly equipped, coming with alloy wheels, a digital radio, Bluetooth connectivity and automatic emergency braking. We’d upgrade to at least SE, which gives you a colour touchscreen, rear parking sensors and a leather steering wheel. SE Nav adds an integrated sat-nav with a larger screen, if you can stretch to it.
Premium trim gives you climate control, artificial leather seats that are heated in the front, front and rear parking sensors and additional safety systems, while Premium SE gives you a panoramic sunroof, real leather seats and a heated steering wheel. Both versions are rather expensive to buy and, since most i30 buyers aren’t after the top models, are likely to lose a greater chunk of their value sooner.
Our favourite used Hyundai i30 1.0 T-GDi SE Nav