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Hyundai i30

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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.

As of March 2022, the Hyundai i30 has an Expert Rating of 58% based on 39 reviews. That puts it quite a long way down on the best cars in its class, not far off the bottom of the barrel.

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.

Key specifications


Body style: Five-door hatch, liftback and estate
Engines: petrol, diesel
Price: From £20,990 on-road

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


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Safety rating


Overall rating: 5 stars
Date tested: July 2017

88%

ADULT OCCUPANT

84%

CHILD OCCUPANT

64%

VULNERABLE ROAD USERS

68%

SAFETY ASSIST

Eco rating


No eco rating

As of March 2022, the Hyundai i30 has not been lab tested by Green NCAP.

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Hyundai i30The Hyundai i30 has received average to good reviews from the UK motoring media, and ranks near the bottom of the pack for this sector.