Hyundai i30 (2007–2012)

Last updated 6 July 2018

Well equipped. Refined. Good ride and handling. Economical. Available as a 1.6 diesel auto, which is rare. Five-year unlimited mile warranty.
17-inch wheels best avoided. Full size spare costs extra. Standard tyres noisy.
Updated 6 July 2018

Reminder of R/2015/156 to update electric power assisted steering programme on 2010 Hyundai i30 1.4GDI.

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Introduction

South Korean carmaker Hyundai didn't have a Focus-sized car. So when it decided to offer one, the company wisely figured it had better fill that particular gap. So, from September 2007, you will be able to buy Hyundai's new i30 model with a 115PS 1.6 diesel engine and a four-speed automatic transmission.

The good news for my e-mailers doesn't stop there. The i30, like the Toyota Auris and its own cousin the KIA Ce'ed, is slightly more upright with higher seats than the class average. So it's easier to get in and out of, which is something bound to appeal to the sort of people who want a 1.6 diesel auto.

Not only that, for the i30 model to get a foothold in this highly competitive section of the market, it had to be a very good car. And it's that too.

Owners' reviews

3
Good ownership experience until I dealt with Hyundai customer services.
2
Never again
4
Still going strong
4
Good Value at the time
3
thought it was a bargain (£9995 new) but it is a lemon
5
Stunning value for money.
 

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