2021 Hyundai i30 facelift verdict

Hybrid engines and bold looks aim to propel the Hyundai i30 to centre stage in the family car market. We find out if it shines...

2021 Hyundai i30 prototype side

With only a modest expected increase in price, the i30 should remain cheaper than many rivals, including the Focus, and stepping up to the Golf will still cost you a fair chunk more. What the i30 has on its side, too, is Hyundai’s five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty and a decent record in our annual Reliability Surveys

There’s still much to finalise about this updated i30 of course, but the early signs from this prototype are positive. The mild hybrid 1.5-litre petrol engine shows competitive pace and real-world fuel economy to its rivals. Factor in an improved interior, tidier handling and an enhanced infotainment system, and the i30 could be set to separate itself from the middle ground of family hatchbacks and become a front-runner.

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Hyundai i30

Price from £18,500 (est) Engine 4-cyl, 1.5-litre petrol, 1482cc  Power 158bhp at 5500rpm Torque 187lb ft at 1500-3500rpm Gearbox Six-speed manual 0-62mph 8.4sec Top speed 130mph Economy TBC C02, tax band TBC