Hyundai i30
(2016 - 2020)

  • Superb value for money
  • Excellent ride quality
  • Plenty of standard kit
  • Above average infotainment system
  • Go and Active are a bit boring
  • Some hard plastics in certain areas
  • No AEB on certain trim levels
  • DCT transmission concerns
Overview

Going head to head against vehicles like the Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3 and Volkswagen Golf is quite the challenge yet it’s one the Hyundai i30 has taken in its stride.

Offering exceptional value for money, a reputation for quality (one that was improved dramatically by the i30’s previous generation) and a long list of standard features, has seen the PD i30 maintain its lofty place in sales figures since it was released back in 2016.

But now that these i30s are a few years old, have potentially travelled thousands of kilometres and are filling used car classifieds, are they still worthy of their excellent reputation?

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What goes wrong
  • Reports of DCT transmission issues are becoming more prevalent
  • Some concerns regarding the diesel engine’s reliability
  • Boot latch handle surround known to crack
Model range, pricing and features

Go

  • Price when new: $19,990 - $24,990
  • Price used: $13,500 - $21,000

Normally base models are stripped of any extra bells and whistles but being an i30, the base model Go still features a long list of goodies.

Standard features:

  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 8.0-Inch tablet style touchscreen
  • Brake assist
  • Electronic Stability System (ESC)
  • Vehicle Stability management (VSM)
  • Hill-start assist control (HAC)
  • Tilt/telescopically adjustable steering column
  • USB charging port
  • Two 12V sockets
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Cruise control
  • 5-star ANCAP safety rating
  • Front/rear parking sensors
  • Reversing camera with Park Assist

Active

  • Price when new: $20,950 - $26,090
  • Price used: $15,500 - $24,000

The Active is mechanically identical to the base model Go but is equipped with a few more features.

Active adds:

  • Parking Distance Warning
  • 16” alloy wheels
  • Satellite navigation
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • Power folding mirrors
  • Leather-appointed steering wheel

SR

  • Price when new: $20,950 - $26,090
  • Price used: $15,000 - $24,000

If you’d like your i30 with a dose of extra sportiness and a host of extra features, the SR might be the car for you.

SR adds:

  • 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Multi-link rear suspension
  • Dual exhaust tips
  • LED tail lamps
  • Sports leather-accented interior
  • Sports front seats
  • Black headlining
  • Metallic red highlights
  • Red stitching and red piping
  • Alloy pedals
  • 4.2-inch colour instrument display
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Electronic park brake (Auto only)
  • Rear cooling vents (Auto only)
  • Smart key and push-button start
  • Wireless device charging
  • Paddle shifters (Auto only)
  • Autonomous emergency
  • braking (Auto only)
  • Blind-spot monitoring
  • Driver attention alert (Auto only)
  • Lane-keep assist (Auto only)
  • Rear cross-traffic alert
  • Smart cruise control (Auto only)

SR Premium

  • Price when new: $33,950 - $34,490
  • Price used: $26,000 - $30,000

The SR Premium is nearly mechanically identical to the SR (the SR Premium is only available with a dual clutch auto) but is drenched in extra kit.

SR Premium adds:

  • Front park assist
  • LED headlights and front indicators
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Satin chrome side mouldings
  • Solar control glass
  • Heated and air ventilated front seats
  • Powered driver’s seat
  • One-touch auto up/down windows
  • Electro-chromatic interior mirror
  • Luggage power outlet
  • Sun visor extensions

N Line

  • Price when new: $26,490 - $29,490
  • Price used: $21,000 - $27,000

The N-Line replaces the SR and does so while borrowing the more stylish and sculpted front and rear bar treatments from the fire breathing i30N.

N-Line adds:

  • i30N-inspired front and rear bar
  • Updated 18-inch alloy wheels
  • Black bezel headlights
  • Black and frosted silver detailing
  • Sports seats
  • Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres
  • Dark Metal finish inserts
  • N-specific gear knob, carpets and seat logos
  • Auto-dimming rear-view mirror
  • Red seat belts

Elite

  • Price when new: $27,790 - $30,490
  • Price used: $22,000 - $28,000

Where the SR, SR Premium and N Line push the i30’s sporting attributes, the Elite tones the
performance sensibilities down a notch while turning up the i30s luxury credentials.

Elite adds:

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Leather-appointed interior
  • 4.2-inch instrument display
  • Dual-zone climate control
  • Electronic park brake
  • One-touch auto up/down windows
  • Dual mounting heights for the luggage floor
  • Smart key and push-button start
  • Wireless charging
  • Smartsense, including autonomous emergency braking with forward collision warning, blind-spot monitoring, lane-keeping and lane-change assist, driver attention monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control with stop-&-go function
  • Electronic park brake
  • 4.2-inch TFT colour driver’s display
  • Rear air vents
  • Power-folding exterior mirrors with LED indicators

Premium

  • Price when new: $32,790 - $35,490
  • Price used: $26,000 - $33,000

When it comes to the broader i30 range, the Premium is at the pointy end of the fleet.

Loaded with every conceivable bell and whistle and a few more for good measure, the auto-only Premium still asks a premium price even in the used car market yet still offers excellent value for money.

Premium adds:

  • Front park assist
  • LED headlights and front indicators
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Satin chrome side mouldings
  • Solar control glass
  • Heated and air ventilated front seats
  • Powered driver’s seat
  • Electro-chromatic interior mirror
  • Luggage power outlet
  • Sun visor extensions
Should you buy it

Yes.

The i30 offers excellent value for money when new and this reputation continues in the used car market.

Add to that superb reliability, very economical running costs, great factory support, class-leading ride quality, near class-leading practicality and arguably the longest lists of standard equipment per variant of model and we cannot recommend the i30 enough.

Warranty & servicing

Warranty:

5-years / unlimited km

Servicing:

15,000kms or every 12 months with capped price servicing for the first 3 years.

Tech Specs

Body style:

  • 5-door hatch

Engine & outputs:

  • 2.0-litre, 4-cyl petrol – 120kW / 203Nm
  • 1.6-litre, 4-cyl turbo-petrol – 150kW / 265Nm
  • 1.6-litre, 4-cyl turbo-diesel – 100kW / 300Nm

Transmissions:

  • 6-spd manual, FWD
  • 6-spd auto, FWD
  • 7-spd dual-clutch auto, FWD

Fuel use:

  • 7.4L/100 (2.0L petrol)
  • 7.5L/100 (1.6L turbo-petrol)
  • 4.7L/100 (1.6L turbo-diesel)

Dimensions:

  • Height: 1455mm
  • Length: 4340mm
  • Width: 1795mm
Disclaimer

Information correct as of January 28, 2021.

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