2017 Hyundai i30 Review


This is the Hyundai i30, the firm’s latest assault on the hotly-contested and crucial family hatchback market – a class inhabited by perpetual heavyweights like the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, and Volkswagen Golf. The Korean company aims to muscle in among the leaders of this field, with its third-generation i30 featuring many improvements over its predecessor, such as a much classier interior, more urbane exterior looks, loads of safety equipment, and a chassis honed for European tastes. Hyundai offers the i30 in five-door and estate formats, with a choice of three engines – two petrol and one diesel, all turbocharged – driving the front wheels through either a manual or dual-clutch automatic gearbox. There are five trim grades and, on top of all of this, the i30 comes with Hyundai’s excellent five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.


Body Style: Hatchback        Seats: 5                   MRP from £16,995 - £24,745 


Did you know? While Hyundai is a Korean marque, the i30 was designed in Germany and all models for Europe are built in the Czech Republic.

Verdict | Design | Interior | Technology | Performance | Safety | Specs | Running Costs | Pricing

Verdict: ★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

A thoroughly polished and competent all-rounder, the Hyundai i30 is a strong contender in the C-segment. Its main strengths are its excellent refinement, a wide range of comfort and safety equipment across the board, competitive purchase prices, and of course the manufacturer’s superb warranty. What the i30 isn’t, sadly, is massively interesting to drive, let down by mediocre steering and a chassis that refuses to dole out any cornering fun. So, with the i30, less is more: stick to the sweet 1.0-litre petrol engine and therefore the lower trim grades, and it makes a fine alternative to the established major players from rival companies.

Design & Exterior

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Interior & Comfort

★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Technology & Connectivity

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Performance & Handling

★★★★★★★☆☆☆ (7/10)

Safety Features

★★★★★★★★★☆ (9/10)

Specs & Trims

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)

Running Costs & Fuel Economy

★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)


★★★★★★★★☆☆ (8/10)


2017 Hyundai i30