Hyundai i30 (2007 – 2012) Review

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Hyundai i30 (2007 – 2012) At A Glance


+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.

Insurance Groups are between 13–21
On average it achieves 89% of the official MPG figure

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.

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Real MPG average for a Hyundai i30 (2007 – 2012)


Real MPG was created following thousands of readers telling us that their cars could not match the official figures.

Real MPG gives real world data from drivers like you to show how much fuel a vehicle really uses.

Average performance


Real MPG

29–69 mpg

MPGs submitted


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My car will fail it's MoT if I put winter tyres on - what's the alternative?
"I've had my Hyundai i30 from new in December 2009. Each winter, I put on my set of steel rims shod with winter tyres with a result that my TPMS amber warning light comes on because it can't find a signal from the sensors in the alloy wheels (that are safe and hibernating in my garage awaiting warmer times ahead. During this time, along comes my MoT on 21 December. Up until now, the testers look and see why and this issue is ignored for the test results. This year however, I was told if a system is present on the car and shows a warning, it will fail the test. It would appear I'm now faced with either getting sensors fitted in my steel rims, buying 'all season' tyres for my existing rims or not having the extra safety during the winter. Is this correct or is there another alternative I can consider?"
Three answers: The incredible inconvenience of swapping the wheels and tyres over for just for the MoT, then swapping them back. Or get your MoT done while the car is still on its summer tyres and run it year to year that way. You don't have to have the MoT exactly a year after the previous one. Or, if both sets of tyres are fairly worn, swap over to Cross Climates of Vector 4 Seasons on the wheels with the sensors.
Answered by Honest John
My wife only has a provisional license, should I add her as a named driver to my policy to save money?
"I recently leased a second car and own a 2010 Hyundai i30 outright. I would like to give the i30 to my wife, but she only has a provisional licence. Should I retain both cars and simply add her to the insurance, or am I better 'selling' the car to her and letting her own it? Which is likely the cheapest route from an insurance perspective?"
Retain both cars and put her on as a provisional driver. This is certainly the cheapest way of doing it. If you do it the other way, she will have no No Claims Bonus and will be the main driver. As a result the premium will be much much higher because she will be seen as higher risk.
Answered by Tim Kelly
Could you suggest a large replacement for my Hyundai i30?
"I think the time has come to replace my 2008 diesel Hyundai i30 2.0-litre CRDI. Over the last two years the fuel pump failed, then the turbo and now the air con condenser at approx £250 to replace. I'm not bothered by 'bells and whistles' or badges, I just want a comfortable, large cabin - but I suppose my car style is now 'old fashioned'. I want four doors with reasonable access for two oldies to get in the rear and probably petrol engine as I'm not doing the miles now. I have no idea about engine size - just something that has a bit of poke for motorway driving. I won't be looking at new - probably pre-reg or one year old. Any suggestions to get me started on the search would be greatly appreciated."
A Hyundai ix20 is taller, but smaller. Might work for you. A Tucson is bigger and you can get it with a really good 1.6T GDI petrol engine. MPVs are roomier, but they are now a dying breed. Maybe a Peugeot 3008, which is a sort of MPV/SUV with an excellent 1.2 PureTech 130 petrol engine. Goes well, so far reliable and decent mpg.
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How much should it cost to change the turbo unit in my 2008 Hyundai i30?
"My 2008 Hyundai i30 2.0 has just had its service and MoT at the main dealership (as I always do). During the service the technician noticed one of the pipes was making a noise, however, he couldn't identify which pipe as there are three or four pipes in that area. The service manager said that it's a major problem and the car will lose power when being driven. I took it to my local garage who have investigated and have said that a new turbo unit is required costing, £800, plus fitting. Apparently Hyundai charge £1200 for the unit and they are on back order which suggests it is a common problem. "
If the turbo itself has failed it's probably because the oil feed pipe to the turbo bearing and oil return pipe got blocked with carbonised oil from repeatedly switching the engine off when the turbo was too hot. The short supply will be because this is an obsolete engine, replaced in the i30 by the 1.6 CRDi in about 2009. But the turbo might be a standard unit. You can check with that offers an exchange service.
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What does a Hyundai i30 (2007 – 2012) cost?

Buy new from £17,138 (list price from £20,885)