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Hyundai i30 (2012–2017)

Last updated 8 May 2019

Looks more distinctive than original model. High quality interior. Very efficient engines. Excellent steering ride and handling on 15-inch wheels.
Steering lacks feel on 16-inch wheels and worse still on 17-inch wheels. i30 Turbo returns tepid performance
Updated 8 May 2019

Report of speedometer failing in 2012 Hyundai i30 1.6CRDI at 30,000 miles. Does not return to zero when stopped and has now gone way past its maximum speed mark. A diagnostic check shows no faults. Owner...

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The original i30 was an important car for Hyundai. It replaced the fairly woeful Accent and was such a big step forward that it brought the brand­ to a whole new audience who would never had previously considered a Hyundai. 

The latest i30 takes another big leap forward, so much so in fact that this is now a serious alternative to the Ford Focus and even the Volkswagen Golf.

The styling echoes the larger i40 with a near identical front end including a distinctive strip of LED daytime running lights. Overall it’s a very neatly designed hatchback that’s far more striking and memorable than the original i30. Crucially it has a much more premium appearance. This is certainly a world away from the ‘value’ image that Hyundai is usually associated with.

Of course, as it’s a Hyundai the i30 comes with the Five Year Triple Care package which includes a five-year unlimited mileage warranty as standard. True, its sister car the new Kia Cee’d comes with a longer seven-year warranty which is limited to a fairly generous 100,000 miles, but Hyundai says it aims to maximise the value of its warranty by including roadside assistance for the five years along with free vehicle health checks.

Hyundai has succeeded in producing a superb all rounder in the i30. It’s hugely capable, spacious and pleasant to drive, plus it feels well built and refined. Hyundai products have proved very reliable too so there should be few worries on that front and the new i30 went through 350,000 miles of testing. Add in competitive prices and the i30 is a very attractive package. In more ways than one.

Hyundai i30 2012 Road Test

Hyundai i30 Turbo 2015 Road Test

Hyundai i30 2012 1.6 CRDi 'Our Cars' Long-Term Test

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AWFUL- never would buy
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Good reliable comfortable transport.
Solid and dependable
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