Hyundai i30 Estate (2008 – 2012) Review

Hyundai i30 Estate (2008 – 2012) At A Glance


+Excellent chain cam 1.4 and 1.6 petrol and 1.6 diesel engines. Good value. Decent to drive.

-Ride and handling not quite to Focus/308 standards but not far off.

Insurance Groups are between 14–17
On average it achieves 89% of the official MPG figure

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Real MPG average for a Hyundai i30 Estate (2008 – 2012)


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30–65 mpg

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What cars are still reliable over the 100,000 mile mark?
"I'm looking for a cheap to run car which will be reliable, but over the magic 100,000 mark, as I do plenty of miles and don't want to crucify value. Ideally for about £2500. I do enough miles (12,000 plus) to warrant diesels, but naturally there may be big bills. I also need some thing with a decent boot, as I race model stockcars with friends, and punchy enough to overtake. Thoughts turn to a Volvo S40 2.0d, or a lower mileage Ford Mondeo. Any recommendations? "
£2500 might buy you a peach but is far more likely to buy you a disaster. Worth looking at pre-DPF chain cam Kia Cee'd and Hyundai i30 1.6 CRDi SW, but no guarantees they're in this price bracket. Anything with a timing belt probably needs a new one and a new timing belt, tensioner, waterpump and alternator belt starts at £360, but could easily set you back £600.
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Best estate for under £4000?
"I'm looking for a family estate to carry our impending baby gear, plus two dogs. What estate would you recommend for under £4000? Preferably diesel as we do about 15,000 miles a year. Looking for a reliable and economical engine. "
KIA cee'd 1.6CRDI SW or Hyundai i30 1.6CRDI SW.
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2008 or 2010 Hyundai i30?
"I am looking to buy a used estate and I am interested in the Hyundai i30 1.6CRDi and the Kia Cee'd SW 1.6CRDi . I am considering cars from between 2008 to 2010 and they range from £6k to £8K. Are there any problems or things of note to consider with the 08, 09 or 10 cars? I realise age impacts the long warranties but from what I can see a 2008 model with mileage of 30-40K is significantly cheaper than a 2010 of a similar mileage. As for everyone money is tight so I would need a pretty good reason to pay the extra cash. Am I making the most of my money buying the newer model? "
Nothing much to worry about. See the entries in A 2010 might have a diesel particulate filter and DPFs should be avoided.
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Family estate cars for £5000
"I'm after an estate car for my family - 2 adults and a child. I'm specifically looking for a reliable car, big boot space, roof bars, ISOfix seat anchors and I have a maximum of £5k to spend. We'll only average around 6000 miles per year tops. I know of an 07 please Passat TDI 2.0 L for sale - however I read loads on this site about them (mostly negative), so i'm starting to think I should steer clear of it! I really know nothing about cars and have to admit I HATE car shopping so I'm in severe danger of buying something just to get the task over and done with, hence I'm in danger of buying the wrong car."
For more on the Passat see: I'd look at the KIA cee'd and Hyundai i30 SWs.
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