Hyundai i30 (2017) Review

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 £16,906
Insurance Groups are between 10–12
On average it achieves 82% 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. 

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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Do you think electric cars are putting buyers off internal combustion engine cars?
"Do you think that Elon Musk's recent announcement that electric vehicles will soon be as cheap as internal combustion driven cars has destroyed the market for new cars? I have certainly been put off replacing my 2017 Hyundai i30 diesel because of this fear. Plus, there are certain nearby cities to me which either have restrictions on diesels or are threatening to do so. "
No - the majority of car buyers won't pay a great deal of attention to what Elon Musk has to say. You should buy a car powered by whichever fuel suits your requirements best - whether it's a diesel for long-distance motorway driving or an electric car for darting around town.
Answered by Andrew Brady
My daughter wants a diesel hatchback. Can you recommend a used model?
"My daughter's leased MINI is coming up for renewal but she's leaning towards buying a 2 or 3-year-old car, with a diesel Golf in mind. Diesel due to her business travel of between 15k-20k miles per year. She likes the higher-spec cars, manual gearbox, preferably a five-door as a bit more space is best suited and for her black labrador who goes in the boot. Which model would be best suited and which models should she avoid? What insurance rating would the said model(s) be? Would servicing be similar on all models? What similar other car/model may be a good match for the Golf as mentioned? Many thanks in advance."
Sounds like a sensible choice for that kind of mileage. The 2.0 TDI would be the best bet - very efficient yet punchy enough for motorway driving. The 1.6 TDI is pretty good, too, although isn't quite as powerful as the 2.0-litre. Servicing on a diesel Golf should be relatively affordable, no matter which model your daughter chooses. This should give you an idea of insurance groups: (It's worth getting some quotes, though, as insurance groups don't always mean a great deal). We'd also recommend a SEAT Leon (it's very similar to the Golf and shares engines) as well as the Peugeot 308 and Hyundai i30 (particularly the latest model, which went on sale in 2017).
Answered by Andrew Brady
Hyundai i30 1.0 T-GDi - does it have a timing belt or chain?
"Can tell me if my 2018 Hyundai i30 1.0 T-GDi has a cam belt or a timing chain?"
It has a timing chain.
Answered by Russell Campbell
Should I keep or sell my diesel car?
"What is the position on emissions legislation? It's very confusing. Are some cities imposing/planning to impose local charges or bans? It's putting me off changing my car. I have a 2017 diesel Hyundai i30 and I'm not sure what to do. "
It's a little bit confusing as lots is happening in regards to city bans and clean air zones - even more so with covid in the mix. In 2015, the Government ordered various major cities to establish Clean Air Zones (CAZs) - including Bath, Leeds, Oxford, Birmingham, Greater Manchester, and Sheffield. A full UK ban on petrols, diesels and even hybrids was originally set for 2040, but was brought forward to 2035 earlier this year too. Cities across the UK have planned to introduce Clean Air Zones (CAZs) but many have been delayed due to the coronavirus outbreak. Recently, Bristol and Leeds also announced that their CAZ plans are being reviewed to see if they're necessary as far less people are commuting these days - thus bringing pollution levels down right now. Our view is that many drivers - those who do long-distance trips, tow frequently etc - are better off with a diesel car because they do better fuel economy and will save the right drivers money. So we expect diesel cars to stick around for a bit, despite the falling residual values and market share. However, many manufacturers have stopped selling, or plan to stop selling, diesel vehicles completely in the coming years. Therefore, my advice would be to consider if you need a diesel. If you cover long distances on a regular basis (15+ miles per journey at least) then I'd say keep your i30. If not, I'd advise swapping for a petrol, EV or hybrid depending on what would best suit you. In addition, if you plan to use it for a few more years and sell it on you'll likely find the value has plummeted. But if you've bought it to keep for a long time then the car is more use to you than selling/swapping it now would be.
Answered by Georgia Petrie

What does a Hyundai i30 (2017) cost?

Buy new from £16,906 (list price from £20,685)