Hyundai i30 review

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What do vanilla, chicken supreme and the Hyundai i30 have in common? The answer is that all three are known for being safe, inoffensive but dull choices. At least, that’s what we’ve come to expect since the first generation i30 went on sale back in 2007.

But times are-a-changing and there’s now a third generation of Hyundai’s hatchback ready to challenge the Ford Focus and Vauxhall Astra hierarchy. Changes have been made under the skin in an attempt to spice up the driving experience and there’s a classy new look, too.

There the option of a hatchback (we're covering that here), a fastback and an estate, there's also a sporty i30N hot hatch that's remarkably good fun to drive.

All i30s offer decent value for money and come with a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty. Couple that to good levels of standard equipment, and the i30 certainly seems to remain a sensible choice. The question is, can it offer more?

Read on to find out in our full review and we'll tell you which engines and trims make the most sense. And if you decide you want to buy an i30, make sure you check out our latest deals to find out how much you could save without any awkward haggling.

 

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There are 13 trims available for the i30 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
S
Entry-level S models come with 15in alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a DAB radio, USB connection, Bluetooth, a multi-function steering wheel, automatic emergency braking, lane departure co...View trim
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SE
SE trim adds 16in alloy wheels, front foglights, a 5.0in colour touchscreen, rear parking sensors with camera and a leather steering wheel to S trim...View trim
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£17,834
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SE Nav
SE Nav adds an integrated sat-nav and takes the screen size to 8.0in, as well as bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We don’t see the need to spend any more money than this...View trim
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£18,548
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Go SE
This limited-edition trim is based on SE Nav, but adds bigger alloys, dual-zone climate control and some bespoke styling upgrades. Not a bad deal given the relatively small price premium...View trim
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£18,706
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SE Nav
SE Nav adds an integrated sat-nav and takes the screen size to 8.0in, as well as bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We don’t see the need to spend any more money than this...View trim
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N Line
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
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Premium
Premium trim brings 17in alloy wheels, climate control, an electronic parking brake, electric seats in artificial leather, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors, as well as addition...View trim
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Premium
Premium trim brings 17in alloy wheels, climate control, an electronic parking brake, electric seats in artificial leather, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors, as well as addition...View trim
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£20,953
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N Line+
We are yet to try out this variant...View trim
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£21,630
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Premium SE
Range-topping Premium SE trim rounds things off with a panoramic sunroof, real leather seats and a heated steering wheel. We’d stick to the cheaper SE Nav trim...View trim
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£21,887
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Premium SE
Range-topping Premium SE trim rounds things off with a panoramic sunroof, real leather seats and a heated steering wheel. We’d stick to the cheaper SE Nav trim...View trim
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£22,159
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N
Even the entry-level i30N hot hatch offers more toys than its rivals, including 18in alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, LED headlights, sports seats, red brake calipers, automatic lights and wipers, p...View trim
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N Performance
Move up to the Performance model and, as well as the limited-slip differential, 19in wheels, sticky tyres and sports exhaust that make the Performance model go quicker and sound better, you add lux...View trim
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