2012 Hyundai i30 – Not bad Hyundai, not bad!

Hyundais five-door i30 hatchback has been updated to add emotional as well as rational appeal. Quite a statement, but is it true?


The outside of the i30 has changed quite substantially. It was always a decent looking car, but the new styling gives a much smarter and slightly more aggresive look. It has a more sporting stance than the precious i30.


All models get LED daytime running lights, Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-function steering wheel, electrically adjustable and heated door mirrors and one-touch indicators.
If you step up from Classic to Active trim level then you get 15 alloy wheels, cruise control, rear parking sensors and the oddly-named Flex Steer, which enables the driver to select one of three steering settings: Comfort, Normal and Sport.
Hyundai i30 interior 2012
Style add bigger, 16 alloy wheels, dual zone climate control, front parking sensors, rain sensing wipers, lights that swivel when cornering and dip when they sense another car is coming towards them at night, automatic de-misting for the windscreen and electrically folding door mirrors with LED indicators.
The top-of-the-range model is the Style Nav. This gets (yes, youre ahead of me, arent you?) a fully integrated satellite navigation system and rear view camera. All-in-all the trim levels are generous, which is in line with what weve come to expect from Hyundai.


There are five engine options being offered; the cheapest engine you can buy is the 1.4-litre 98bhp petrol engine, but the star has to be Hyundais 1.6-litre diesel engine, which is a cracker. It produces 109bhp and 97g/km of CO2 thanks in part to Intelligent Stop Go Technology.
It also comes in a more powerful version developing 100g/km and 126bhp. Fuel economy is claimed to be up to 76.3mpg. Remarkable, and these two are expected to be the best-selling engines in the i30 range.

Worth knowing

Standard safety systems fitted to all models include Vehicle Stability Management, Emergency Stop Signal and Hill-start Assist Control.
Hyundai i30 2012 back


Prices start at 14,495 OTR for the basic Classic model. At the top end is the Style Nav model which starts from 17,595.
The i30 will hit the showrooms on the 12 March 2012.


If you want a cheap, well-equipped car that will be ultra-reliable then the i30 might just be the car for you. The Hyundai i30 gets good reviews and the latest updates improve the car’s image and make it even better value for money.
Check out our full guide to the Hyundai i30. With reviews, user reviews, photos, videos and stats.
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