Hyundai i30 Review

The Hyundai i30 has always been dependable, but you’d never describe it as desirable. This new model aims to change that but it needs to improve in many ways to do so

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Is the Hyundai i30 a good car?

The Hyundai i30 is a bit like one of your quiet cousins at a family party. It’s always been there in the background of small hatchback cars but you can never be quite sure you’ve seen one or not.  The likes of a Ford Focus, SEAT Leon or Vauxhall Astra look a bit sharper.

This new model has a decent shout of changing that.

It looks better, for a start, with slimmer LED headlamps and new V-shaped signature LED daytime running lights. At the rear, the new i30 has a new bumper and LED lights.

N Line cars have an even sportier look. At the front, the new i30 N Line has a wider central grille and new headlamps. LED headlamps, LED tail lamps, and privacy glass.

The interior gets an upgrade too, including a 7-inch digital driver’s display, a 10.25in touchscreen navigation system, and N design leather steering wheel and gearlever.

There are three trim levels, starting with SE Connect, moving up to Premium and topping out with the sporty N Line trim. All versions get smartphone connectivity (Apple CarPlay and Android Auto), but you need to get Premium for the digital dials and N Line for the 10-inch touchscreen with sat-nav.

It’s been a good all-rounder, but this new Hyundai i30 needs to do something pretty special to set it apart.

Mat Watson
carwow expert

Under the bonnet, the basic i30 range has an all-electrified powertrain line-up, with a 120PS 1.0 turbocharged GDi 48V hybrid or a 136PS 1.6 CRDi 48V hybrid engine, both of which are available with either a six-speed manual gearbox or optional seven-speed dual-clutch transmission.

N Line models have a 159PS 1.5 turbocharged GDi 48V hybrid engine, with the six-speed manual gearbox, although again, the seven-speed DCT is an option.

Hyundai has improved its SmartSense advanced safety package, with standard lane-keep assist, autonomous emergency braking, and tyre pressure monitoring. Optional safety equipment includes lane-following assist, rear collision-avoidance assist and high-beam assist. The car can even contact the emergency services if its airbag sensors are triggered.

Hyundai’s Live Parking Information function has also been improved, with new settings for parking type and availability. On-street parking and price information is now available in 43 countries, including all major cities.

Prices for the updated range start from £20,695, and we’ll let you know what it’s like to drive as soon as we get behind the wheel. Meantime check out the latest Hyundai deals

…Or tap on the video below to watch our full review of the current Hyundai i30.

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