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2017 Hyundai i30 Review

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finder score: 82.20%

Avg. critics score: 82.20%
5 critics
How did we calculate this? We analysed and aggregated the scores of Cars Guide, Car Advice, WhichCar, Motoring and Car Showroom to bring you the score. This is a comprehensive score that brings together the four different expert ratings you see below. is personal finance comparison site that provides you with the tools you need to make better decisions. Learn
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Critic reviews

WebsiteRatingNotable quotes
Cars Advice85%"While the infotainment system could look a little neater — it feels a bit busy with so many buttons — it's one of the best we've experienced in this segment."Read more
WhichCar80%"So far as creating a true alternative to the Volkswagen Golf, Hyundai’s effort is successful, and genuinely worthy of applause."Read more
Cars Guide83%"The i30 is a perfect example that you don't always have to spend big bucks to buy something that's still a little bit special."Read more
Motoring83%"The i30 is a seriously good car, and deserves its place among Japanese and German contemporaries."Read more
Car Showroom80%"So far as creating a true alternative to the Volkswagen Golf, Hyundai’s effort is successful, and genuinely worthy of applause."Read more

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How does the Hyundai i30 compare with its peers?

Data indicated here is updated regularly
Name Product Boot displacement ANCAP rating Price (from) Finder Score Read review
Mazda 3
5 stars
Mazda 2
5 stars
Hyundai i30
5 stars
Volkswagen Golf
5 stars
Ford Focus
5 stars
Holden Astra
5 stars
Toyota Corolla
5 stars
Volkswagen Polo
5 stars
Honda Civic
5 stars
Subaru Impreza
5 stars
Suzuki Swift
5 stars

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The complete Hyundai i30 review

Hyundai i30 Pricing

Starting from $19,990, the Hyundai i30 is available in 6 different specification levels and comes with a choice of 3 engines. Check the table below for model pricing.

Model Price
2.0L GDi Go$19,990
2.0L GDi Active$20,950
2.0L GDi Go Auto$22,290
1.6L CRDi Go$22,490
2.0L GDi Active Auto$23,250
1.6l CRDi Active$23,450
1.6L CRDi Go DCT$24,990
1.6L Turbo GDi SR$25,950
1.6L CRDi Active DCT$25,950
1.6L Turbo GDi SR sunroof$27,950
1.6L CRDi Elite DCT$28,950
1.6L Turbo GDi SR DCT$28,950
1.6l CRDi Elite DCT sunroof$30,950
1.6L Turbo GDi SR DCT sunroof$30,950
1.6l Turbo GDi SR Premium DCT$33,950
1.6L CRDi Premium DCT$33,950


Buyers are spoilt for choice in the fiercely competitive small-car segment, but the Hyundai i30 should be one model right near the very top of your test-drive list. The 2017 i30 is the third iteration of Hyundai’s popular five-door hatch, and it offers a pretty compelling package to buyers.

It all starts with the high-quality interior, which offers comfort and refinement along with practical design. The i30 is loaded with equipment, including easy smartphone integration and a host of safety technologies, and the infotainment system is easy to use.

Under the bonnet, the 1.6L turbo petrol is the pick of the engine options, but there’s also a naturally aspirated 2.0L petrol and a 1.6L turbo diesel available. Impressive handling and on-road dynamics are also hallmarks of the i30 range, with the SR range in particular drawing praise from reviewers as a “warm” (but not hot) hatch.

All of this is presented in a stylish and sophisticated package, with the i30 boasting understated European good looks that may surprise drivers with an old-fashioned view of the South Korean marque.

However, there are a few drawbacks to be aware of, such as a higher entry-level price than previous i30s and the slightly clunky performance of the dual-clutch transmission (DCT), which is only available on some models, in stop-start city traffic.

But do the positives outweigh these negatives? Let’s take a closer look.

Engine and performance

The i30 is available with a choice of three engines:

  • A 2.0L naturally aspirated petrol 4-cylinder, available with either a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed auto
  • A 1.6L turbocharged petrol 4-cylinder, available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DCT auto
  • A 1.6L turbocharged diesel 4-cylinder, available with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed DCT auto

The 2.0L petrol is the entry-level engine of the range, replacing the previous generation’s 1.8L offering. The new engine pumps out an extra 13kW and 28Nm, and boasts fuel consumption figures of 7.3L (manual) or 7.4L (auto) per 100km.

Those consumption figures are more or less the same as those churned out by the 1.6L turbo petrol, which the reviewers agreed provided a sportier, more enjoyable drive. It’s a responsive and brisk performer, providing a predictable spread of power across the rev range.

The turbo diesel is the most fuel-efficient offering, getting 4.5L per 100km in the manual. It’s also the most common engine across the range and promises smooth and quiet driving – in other words, it’s great if you like relaxed cruising but underwhelming if you want performance to quicken the pulse.

2.0L GDi1.6L turbo diesel1.6L turbo petrol
Maximum power120kW @ 6,200rpm100kW @ 4,000rpm150kW @ 6,000rpm
Maximum torque203Nm @ 4,700rpm280Nm @ 1,500–3000rpm (manual)300Nm @ 1,750–2,500rpm (DCT)265Nm @ 1,500–4,500 rpm
Valve system16 valve, double overhead cam (DOHC), dual continuously variable valve timing (D-CVVT)16 valve, double overhead cam (DOHC)6 valve, double overhead cam (DOHC), dual continuously variable valve timing (D-CVVT)
Fuel consumption7.3L/100km (manual)7.4L/100km (auto)4.5L/100km (manual)4.7L/100km (DCT)7.5L/100km (DCT and manual)
Available inGo and Active variantsGo, Active, Elite and Premium variantsSR and SR Premium variants

Interior and other features

Before stepping inside the i30, it’s worth stopping to admire the view. The reviewers noted that this small hatch looks more like something you might expect from a European marque, and from a car that costs more than $30K. It’s a subtle and fairly classy design, if a little too nondescript and straight-laced for some tastes. A choice of 12 exterior and 2 interior colour options completes the impressive aesthetic package.

But it’s the interior where the i30 really shines. There’s a premium, high-quality feel right throughout the cabin, and a “less is more” design feel that the reviewers unanimously loved. The net result is an interior that feels a whole lot more upmarket than the i30’s price tag suggests, though there are still a few hard plastics that aren’t all that nice to the touch.

The dash has been intelligently designed and flows smoothly from one side to the other, with all the necessary instruments and features easy to read and access. The centrepiece is an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen which, while it may look a little clunky and confusing, impressed the reviewers for its overall user-friendliness.

The satnav set-up is similarly pleasing, while Bluetooth and support for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto increase the level of practicality. There’s no CD player, however, so if you still rely on compact discs for audio entertainment then it’s time to think about updating your music collection.

In the rear stalls there’s reasonable leg, head and shoulder room for a couple of adults, and seating is sufficiently comfortable. However, you’ll find more space in the back seats of some of the i30’s small car rivals, for example the Honda Civic. There’s also no rear air vents to help the occupants stay cool in the i30’s base models.

A centre armrest boosts comfort levels and adds a couple of cup holders, and this back row folds down in a 60/40 split if you want extra cargo space.

Speaking of cargo space, the i30’s boot has 395L of it, but this expands to 1,301L with the rear seats down. That’s pretty good for a car in this class, and there are loads of convenient storage pockets and hidey holes spread right throughout the interior.

From a safety perspective, 7 airbags and a 5-star ANCAP safety rating headline the i30’s list of features. However, it’s worth pointing out that this rating was based on tests of Hyundai’s Elantra, which shares key structural components and safety gear with its i30 stablemate. Electronic stability control (ESC), rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera are standard across all models, but you’ll need to step up to the Elite level or above to access a wider range of active safety technologies.

Top-spec models boast blind-spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, a lane-keeping assist system, forward collision warning and lane-change assist. A handy park assist system is also available in the Premium and SR Premium variants.

Go ActiveElitePremiumSRSR Premium

Leather appointed seatsNoNoYesYesYesYes
Air ventilated and heated front seatsNoNoNoYesNoYes
Dual zone climate control with auto defogNoNoYesYesYesYes
Cruise control with steering wheel mounted controlsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Electronic park brakeNoNoYesYesYes (DCT only)Yes
Rain-sensing wipersNoNoYesYesYesYes
Panoramic glass sunroofNoNoOptional extraYesOptional extraYes
Smart key with push button startNoNoYesYesYesYes
Engine immobiliser and anti-theft alarmYesYesYesYesYesYes
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibilityYesYesYesYesYesYes
Bluetooth phone connectivityYesYesYesYesYesYes
8-inch touchscreenYesYesYesYesYesYes
Autonomous emergency brakingNoNoYesYeses (DCT only)Yes
Blind-spot detectionNoNoYesYesYesYes
Lane-keeping assist systemNoNoYesYesYes (DCT only)Yes
Emergency stop signalYesYesYesYesYesYes
Luggage netNoNoYesYesNoYes
Cargo area (min/max)395L/1,301L395L/1,301L395L/1,301L395L/1,301L395L/1,301L395L/1,301L
Rear fog lightsYesYesYesYesYesYes
LED daytime running lightsYesYesYesYesYesYes
Wheel typeSteelAlloyAlloyAlloyAlloyAlloy

The Hyundai i30 review consensus

The finder score of 82.2% from the critics reveals that the i30 is one very refined package indeed. From its grown-up styling and pleasing handling performance to the feature-packed and thoughtfully designed interior, this is a small hatch that makes a big impression. And whether you’re after fuel efficiency, brisk performance or a cheaper price tag, there are engine/transmission/trim combos to suit a wide variety of drivers.

While there are some slight drawbacks, and you can also get behind the wheel of some of its competitors’ entry-level models for a little less coin, the Hyundai i30 garnered overwhelmingly positive reviews across the board. A 5-year unlimited-kilometre warranty and capped price servicing is offered across the range and increases the i30’s value for money appeal, and this Hyundai hatch shows that you don’t need to fork out big bucks to get a special vehicle.

We mentioned right at the top of this page that the small-car segment is hotly contested, and the i30 is facing a strong challenge from the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda 3. Just like the i30, each of these models has plenty of points in its favour, so it’s a good idea to test drive all three before deciding which one is right for you.

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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Min Loan Amount Loan Term Application Fee Monthly Service Fee Monthly Repayment
IMB New Car Loan
4.99% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
$275.12 ($250 Application fee + $25.12 PPS registration fee)
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.99% p.a.
A low minimum borrowing amount of $2,000 that you can use to purchase a new car or one that's up to two years old. - New and Dealer Used Car Loan
From 4.67% (fixed)
3 to 5 years
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.67% p.a. based on your risk profile
Finance a new car and benefit from features such as fast approval, no ongoing fees and an optional balloon payment. Note: Settle the loan before 30 November 2020 and enter the draw to win a $1,000 fuel voucher. Terms & conditions apply.
Credit Concierge Car Loan
From 4.45% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
You'll receive a fixed rate of 4.45% p.a. with a comparison rate of 5.29% p.a.
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CUA Secured Fixed Car Loan
6.79% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
$265 ($175 Establishment Fee + $90 Security Administration Fee)
You'll receive a fixed rate of 6.79% p.a.
A secured loan with a high maximum borrowing amount up to $100,000. Redraw facility and no monthly fees.
NAB Personal Loan Unsecured Fixed
From 9.99% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
You'll receive a fixed rate between 9.99% p.a. and 18.99% p.a. ( 10.88% p.a. to 19.83% p.a. comparison rate) based on your risk profile
An unsecured loan up to $55,000 you can use for a range of purposes and pay off over up to 7 years. Note: Majority of customers will get the headline rate of 12.69% (13.56% comparison rate) or less. See Comparison rate warning in (i) above.
Symple Loans Personal Loan
From 5.75% (variable)
1 to 7 years
from 0% to 5% of the loan amount
You'll receive a personalised interest rate from 5.75% p.a. to 21.99% p.a. based on your risk profile
Borrow up to $50,000 to pay for what you need.
Driva Car Loan
From 4.34% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
$295 (Varies by lender, starting from $295)
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.34% p.a.
Borrow up to $250,000 with loan terms from 1 to 7 years. Get access to a range of lenders.
NRMA New Car Loan
From 4.99% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.99% p. a.
Purchase a new or used car up to 2 years old and benefit from a fixed rate and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.
Plenti Car Loan
From 4.89% (fixed)
3 to 7 years
from $249 to $799
You'll receive a fixed rate from 4.89% p.a.
Borrow up to $100,000 with a Plenti Car Loan and benefit from no early repayment or exit fees.
NRMA Used Car Loan
From 6.49% (fixed)
1 to 7 years
You'll receive a fixed rate from 6.49% p.a.
Finance a used car with NRMA and benefit from a fixed rate term and no monthly fees. Pre-approval available within 5 business hours.

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