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Hyundai i30

(2017 - present)

Expert Rating

New car score:

61
%
C

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

55
%
E

Safety Rating:

55
%
D

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

94
%
A

Running Costs:

74
%
A

How are our Expert Rating scores calculated?

Expert Rating

New car score:

61
%
C

Used car score:

70
%
A

Expert Rating report card

Media Rating:

55
%
E

Safety Rating:

55
%
D

Eco Rating:

68
%
A

Reliability Rating:

94
%
A

Running Costs:

74
%
A

Summary


The Hyundai i30 is a mid-sized family car range that consists of hatchback, liftback (i30 Fastback) and estate (i30 Tourer) body styles. The current model is the third generation i30, launched in late 2016 before going on sale in the UK in early 2017.

There is a high-performance version of the i30, called the i30 N. We have a separate page for this model here.

The Hyundai i30 has received average to good reviews from the UK motoring media, and ranks right in the middle of the midfield for this sector. It has been praised for its practicality and low running costs, although has been criticised for a lack of driver appeal compared to some of its rivals.

The i30 was updated in late 2020, with the most obvious difference being sharper front-end styling. There were also some equipment updates, while the engines are now all mild-hybrid units for extra electrical booost. This was an update to the existing vehicle, rather than an all-new model.

Reliability tends to be a strong point of the i30, although the data is mixed. In a 2021 What Car? reliability survey, the i30 ranked second out of 24 cars in the family car category. This was a substantial improvement from the 2020 survey, where it ranked only 17th out of 24 cars.

As of January 2024, the Hyundai i30 has a New Car Expert Rating of C, with a score of 61%. It scores highly for running costs, low CO2 emissions and excellent reliability, while its score is dragged down by poor media reviews. However, its low ownership costs and strong reliability help it to achieve an A grade in our used car calculations.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch, liftback and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £21,260

Launched: Winter 2016/17
Last updated: Autumn 2020
Replacement due: TBA


Media reviews


Reviews, road test and comparisons from across the UK automotive media. Click any of the boxes to view.

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Safety rating


Independent crash test and safety ratings from Euro NCAP

Overall score: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2017
Date expired: January 2024
Read the full Euro NCAP review

Adult protection: 88%
Child protection: 84%
Vulnerable road users: 64%
Safety assist: 68%

Notes on safety rating

The Hyundai i30 was crash tested by Euro NCAP back in 2017 and awarded a five-star rating. However, this rating expired in January 2024 and is no longer valid as the car no longer meets the standards required for such a rating. This is normal practice, as Euro NCAP reviews its ratings on most cars annually with most ratings expiring after about six or seven years.

However, if you are comparing a used i30 to vehicles of similar age, whose ratings will have probably also expired, its safety rating score is still useful.

Eco rating


Independent economy and emissions ratings from Green NCAP

No eco rating

As of January 2024, the Hyundai i30 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

Reliability rating

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Reliability data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by MotorEasy

All data based on MotorEasy average workshop costs for extended car warranty claims

The Hyundai i30 has a very good reliability ratin,g according to workshop and warranty data provided by our partner MotorEasy. This data includes repair costs for this current model and older (pre-2017) models.

Repair costs for the i30 are pretty low across the board in the even of a fault. Supension issues are most common, but only cost around £120 to fix.

If you own a Hyundai i30 or you’re interested in buying a used i30, make sure any extended warranty cover you purchase covers all of the potential problem areas listed above.

Running cost rating

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Monthly cost of ownership data provided exclusively for The Car Expert by Clear Vehicle Data

Fuel consumptionAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models51 mpgB34 – 54 mpgB – D
Diesel models60 mpgA58 – 61 mpgA – B
CO₂ outputAverageScoreVariationScore
Petrol models128 g/kmA118 – 191 g/kmA – C
Diesel models127 g/kmA120 – 133 g/kmA – A
Insurance groupAverageScoreVariationScore
All models13A8 – 29A – C
Service and maintenanceCostScore
Year 1£175A
Year 2£458A
Year 3£738A
Year 4£940A
Year 5£1,220A
Overall£3,531A

The Hyundai i30 is a very affordable car to own and run, according to whole-life cost numbers provided exclusively to The Car Expert by our data partner, Clear Vehicle Data.

In pretty much every category, the i30 scores an A. Even the petrol models should be very economical in day-to-day driving, although the diesels are more efficient for long motorway journeys.

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The Hyundai i30 has received average to good reviews from the UK motoring media, and ranks near the bottom of the pack for this sector.Hyundai i30