Hyundai i30 (2017) Review

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Hyundai i30 (2017) At A Glance

Comfortable and refined. Spacious boot. Impressive petrol engines. Good level of standard safety equipment.

Diesel could be punchier. Rear headroom tight for taller passengers.

New prices start from £20,105, brokers can source from £14,269
Contract hire deals from £173.40 per month
Insurance Groups are between 10–12
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure

A good engine range, impressive refinement, a well-made interior and a generous level of standard equipment combine to make the Hyundai i30 an excellent family car. But all the gadgets and improvements mean the latest model is similar in price to the Volkswagen Golf. And the Golf is still the better all-rounder.

That said, on the road the i30 is better to drive than ever before, with plenty of grip through corners and decent steering. The suspension is comfortable on all but the most uneven and broken of roads, yet it does a very good job of keeping excess body roll at bay when cornering.

All of the engines are quiet and capable, but the 1.6-litre diesel is only worth choosing if you do a lot of miles. The 140PS 1.4-litre petrol is just as punchy but it’s quieter, while the 1.0-litre is far from a poor relation, thanks to a wide torque spread that makes for surprisingly strong acceleration when on the go.

Inside, the i30 is very well thought-out. It maybe lacks the style or panache of other hatchbacks this size, but it feels well built, durable and most importantly - is simple to use. The seats are comfortable, the driving position is good and there is plenty of space, although taller occupants might struggle for rear head room. The boot is sizeable though, at 395 litres and it’s a good shape, so getting awkward items in and out is easy. 

Even entry-level i30s come with some very useful equipment, including cruise control and a speed limiter. Lane keep assistance is standard too, which attempts to stop the car drifting out of its lane on the motorway, plus there is autonomous emergency braking to prevent or reduce the severity of collisions.

The Vauxhall Astra, Skoda Octavia and Volkswagen Golf are all excellent family cars and while the Hyundai i30 is better than ever, it still only as good as those key rivals – not better. But for a pragmatic car buyer it’s great, especially when you remember that it comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. 

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Real MPG average for a Hyundai i30 (2017)

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

33–63 mpg

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What car would you recommend for a long commute?
My Daughter has a new job that involves a 110-mile per day commute, mostly motorway. She'd like an automatic. Economy is important as well as safety and reliability. We have a budget of up to £12,000. What would you recommend? Thank you.
We'd recommend a Hyundai i30. The latest model is within budget, with the very efficient 1.6 CRDi engine and reliable automatic gearbox. It'll have the remainder of Hyundai's five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. Also consider a Peugeot 308 with the 1.5 BlueHDi engine and automatic gearbox.
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Which small cars offer the most amount of space for adults in the back seats?
I'm searching for a car (2018 onwards) that'll offer a relaxing drive. Which are the best and safest small cars (B segment) to travel with adults comfortably in the rear seats? It needs a decent boot, too. Also, in terms of reliability (excluding Toyota or Honda), which cars in the small segment are the best? Thank you for your help.
To answer your first question, most B-segment cars will feel pretty cramped for adults in the rear. You'd be better with a bigger family hatchback, although even these can be a little tight on space in the back. You could consider a Skoda Octavia - these have a huge amount of space. Have you considered a crossover SUV like the Peugeot 3008? These offer a lot more space. In terms of reliability, it is usually Honda or Toyota models we recommend. A Hyundai i20 or i30 could be a good choice, too - they're generally very reliable and come with a generous five-year, unlimited mileage warranty. This might be of interest:
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What's the best small car for a daily commute?
I am looking for a small car for my daily commute, which is about 1200 miles a month. Can you please suggest a suitable care for that for not more than £12,000?
A Ford Fiesta would be a good choice. If most of your miles are out of town, you might find a diesel is a good option for 1200 miles a month - the 1.5-litre TDCi is excellent and your budget will get you a 2018 model in high-spec Titanium trim. Also consider something a little bigger like a Hyundai i30.
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Should we go for a petrol or diesel as our next car?
We want to upgrade our family car which at the moment is a Hyundai i30. We were considering getting a diesel Volvo V40 but are confused whether this would be our best option? My partner drives a 44 mile round trip a day taking him 20-25 mins each way. Our aim is really the best mileage, low tax and insurance would be great too and reliable. Our budget is about £11,000.
For that mileage we'd suggest a petrol would probably be a better option. Diesels work well for those who regularly cover long journeys, but a diesel isn't going to get up to temperature and regularly regenerate its particulate filter if it's rarely driven for more than 20-25 minutes at a time. A petrol V40 might be a good choice, although it is feeling a little dated now. The latest Hyundai i30 would be in budget and would be an excellent choice, as would a Honda Civic.
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What does a Hyundai i30 (2017) cost?

Buy new from £14,269 (list price from £17,360)
Contract hire from £173.40 per month
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