2017 Hyundai i30 Review

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Avg. critics score: 82.20%
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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
"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
"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
"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
"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
"So far as creating a true alternative to the Volkswagen Golf, Hyundai’s effort is successful, and genuinely worthy of applause." Read more

How does the Hyundai i30 compare with its peers?

Boot SpaceANCAP RatingPrice (from)Finder Score

Honda Civic
414L5-Stars$22,15076.20%

Volkswagen Golf
380L5-Stars$22,84082.00%

Volkswagen Polo
280L5-Stars$17,19082.60%

Hyundai i30
378L5-Stars$20,95082.20%

Suzuki Swift
242L5-Stars$16,99076.00%

The complete 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

Overview

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)16 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

Handling

Hyundai’s engineers spent a long time tuning the i30’s suspension, steering and stability control technology for Australian conditions, and the reviewers agreed that the results of this hard work were particularly evident on the road. The entry-level petrol and the diesel models feature a torsion beam rear suspension set-up, while the SR models get independent rear suspension.

The latter set-up provides wonderfully compliant handling through tight corners, and the 18-inch tyres provide a reassuring, planted feel. The torsion beam rear suspension models can’t offer the same level of athletic performance, but the reviewers agreed that they still provide much better handling than you would expect from a small, affordable hatch.

One drawback noted by some reviewers was the presence of some road noise on rougher surfaces. However, this was not particularly worse than any of the i30’s competitors, and tyre choice also plays a part here.

Some also pointed to the fact that the i30’s steering felt slightly heavy at low speeds but all in all is highly responsive to driver inputs.

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
SatnavNoYesYesYesYesYes
8-inch touchscreenYesYesYesYesYesYes
Autonomous emergency brakingNoNoYesYesYes (DCT only)Yes
Blind-spot detectionNoNoYesYesYesYes
Lane-keeping assist systemNoNoYesYesYes (DCT only)Yes
Emergency stop signalYesYesYesYesYesYes
ABSYesYesYesYesYesYes
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.

Compare some options to finance a 2017 Hyundai i30

Rates last updated May 27th, 2018
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Name Product Interest Rate (p.a.) Comparison Rate (p.a.) Min Loan Amount Loan Term Monthly Service Fee Application Fee Product Description Monthly Repayment
Stratton Finance New Car Loan
From 5.29% (fixed)
6.56%
$18,000
1 to 7 years
$8.90
$459.20
Apply for up to $100,000 and have up to 7 year(s) to repay. You can use cash or trade in a vehicle to use as a deposit.
IMB New Car Loan
5.99% (fixed)
6.34%
$2,000
1 to 7 years
$0
$250
Borrow up to $75,000 for a new car up to two years old. Competitive 5.99% p.a. rate available to all approved applicants.
RACV New Car Loans
From 5.99% (fixed)
6.53%
$15,000
1 to 7 years
$0
$380
A competitive rate car loan from RACV with no monthly fees and 5-hour loan approval.
MyState Secured Personal Loan
From 7.99% (variable)
8.96%
$10,000
1 to 10 years
$10
$200
Apply for a loan up to $75,000 and benefit from loan terms up to 10 years. Your choice between secured or unsecured.
CUA Secured Fixed Car Loan
6.79% (fixed)
6.92%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$0
$0
A competitive car loan for new or used vehicles up to 7 years old that offers flexible repayment options and no account keeping fees.
Heritage Bank Car Loan
From 8.99% (fixed)
9.62%
$5,000
1 to 7 years
$5
$200
Apply for up to $100,000 to finance a new or used car at a competitive fixed rate.
IMB Secured Personal Loan
6.89% (fixed)
7.24%
$2,000
1 to 5 years
$0
$250
All approved applicants can access this competitive rate and use the loan to finance a range of purposes. Loan amounts up to $60,000 available.
Westpac Car Loan
8.49% (fixed)
9.67%
$10,000
1 to 7 years
$12
$250
Finance a new or used car and benefit from great features for car buyers including a car search tool and the option to borrow extra for on-road costs. Borrow funds to purchase a new or used car before 28 June 2018 and receive a $200 fuel voucher.

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Stratton Finance New Car Loan

Apply for up to $100,000 and have up to 7 year(s) to repay. You can use cash or trade in a vehicle to use as a deposit.

IMB New Car Loan

Borrow up to $75,000 for a new car up to two years old. Competitive 5.99% p.a. rate available to all approved applicants.

RACV New Car Loans

A competitive rate car loan from RACV with no monthly fees and 5-hour loan approval.

CUA Secured Fixed Car Loan

A competitive car loan for new or used vehicles up to 7 years old that offers flexible repayment options and no account keeping fees.

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