The newest iteration of the Hyundai i30 has enough updates to keep things interesting against rivals Vauxhall Astra, Volkswagen Golf, and Ford Focus. It may not be the most exciting hatchback on the market, but it is highly durable, affordable, and features all the standard equipment you would expect.
It is available in various trims, including a five-door hatchback, a compact i30 Tourer estate, and a five door coupe style i30 Fastback. You can also find the faster version of the hatchback, called i30N with a fancier facelift, an upgraded grille, and striking LED lights. With the new facelift, the Korean car giant has expanded to their i30 range. This time around, you’ll find more than just the entry-level SE Connect.
So how Does This Hatchback Hold Up In 2021? Let’s Find Out In Out Quick i30 Review.
Engine And Performance:
The engines come with two hybrid petrol units and a diesel. Trims start with the 1.0 T GDi 120PS three cylinder. This engine is available at higher end versions of the i30. Buyers can also opt for a beefier engine, the all new 1.5 T-GDi 157 bhp petrol, designed for the N-line trim.
Buyers of SE Connect and higher trims can also opt for 1.6 CRDi diesel.
In any trim, the car’s steering has a lot of weight to it, which improves the dynamic feel and makes driving more engaging. The ride is mostly comfortable, especially for hatchback, and the car’s layout maximizes rear visibility with large windows and a substantial rear vision mirror.
You can tell that Hyundai wanted the driver to feel fully in control behind the wheels. The driver has access to an efficient steering wheel that works in tighter streets.
Interior And Spacing:
If you want a family car that also provides plenty of room for hauling stuff, the i30 does not disappoint. The front seats are evenly spaced so passengers won’t be struggling for room; while a large console lets you store any gear you may find during your travels.
There is plenty of head room for taller adults and the windows are set at higher levels so that it feels spacious. The back seats are spacious enough, but taller adults may struggle to find wiggle room and that can get a bit annoying during longer rides.
You would be surprised to note that Hyundai managed to squeeze in a spare alloy wheel under the floor, which isn’t commonly found in hatchbacks.
In terms of safety, the i30 has consistently performed pretty well. It has secured a five star safety rating from ANCAP, with the base trim featuring smart cruise control, stop-and-go, forward collision assist, and driver attention warning.
The base model does not have blind spot collision featured on more expensive trims.
Verdict: Is It Worth A Buy?
The i30 is a convenient hatchback to own. It’s a solid choice for families and ticks all the right boxes in terms of safety features. It is reasonably efficient with good fuel economy and CO2 emissions. However, if you care about fuel economy, you may want to look at the Ford Focus 1.0 Ecoboost Hybrid 125 – it is designed specifically for fuel economy and works really well.
The entry level SE Connect gives you everything you need, minus a big infotainment system. You’ll get air conditioning, cruise control, and a parking camera. The i30 premium is the beefier trim with everything you would expect in a modern hatchback.