Hyundai i30 Review 2023
Hyundai i30 At A Glance
Insurance Groups are between 10–15
On average it achieves 81% of the official MPG figure
The Hyundai i30 is the sister car to the Kia Ceed, and has played a similar role over the years in demonstrating how far Hyundai has come in the last two decades. Prior to the first i30, Hyundai only had the below-par Accent in this sector. Three generations of i30 later, and that car is a distant memory. In this review we'll see how the latest model stacks up.
The third generation of Hyundai's i30 was more competitive than ever when it launched in 2017. Time moves on, however, and in 2020 the brand gave its Ford Focus rivals a light facelift and tech upgrade.
A good engine range, impressive refinement, a well-made interior and a generous level of standard equipment combine to make the Hyundai i30 a good all-round family car. But with Hyundai pushing ever further upmarket, it's no longer the class bargain. Yes, it's cheaper than a VW Golf on pure cash terms, but cars such as the Focus, SEAT Leon and Skoda Octavia are pretty much level pegging.
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 pretty 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. For the 2020 facelift the diesel was dropped entirely, as it made up an increasingly small number of sales.
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.
2020 facelift models see a new, more powerful 1.5-litre engine replacing the 1.4. Both petrol engines also now have 48v mild hybrid tech as standard, which has contributed to the i30 not being as cheap as it once was). It does, however, benefit efficiency, allowing the car to coast with the engine off and making the stop-start more effective. Unlike most rivals even the manual-equipped cars have this, as Hyundai has developed an innovative shift-by-wire gearbox to allow the mild hybrid tech to work.
Inside, the i30 is very well thought-out. It 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.
While the Hyundai i30 is better than ever, the family hatchback class is crammed full of talented choices, and there isn't really any area where it stands out. But for a pragmatic car buyer it’s great, especially when you remember that it comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
Looking for a second opinion? Read heycar's Hyundai i30 review.