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Introducing the Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 is a well-proportioned, good-looking family hatchback that is more than a match for its rivals in this hotly contested segment. Where it stands out is with its standard equipment - there's an incredible amount of features included with every version of the i30, especially the higher models in the range.

Entering its third generation, the latest i30 has undergone a full makeover that extends beyond the sharp-looking appearance. Under the skin there is a raft of new technologies that have all been engineered to maximise safety and enhance driver convenience.

A good choice of engines are available for good measure, all of which offer inexpensive running costs and usable everyday performance. Add it all up and you've got a great value family car that comes with Hyundai's excellent five year warranty.

Design and Practicality

Hyundai i30 Side Profile

The i30 is guaranteed to capture the attention of your friends and family, what with the assertive lights and grille complementing the contoured body lines.

Things get a bit spicier when you opt for the 'N Line' model, which brings 18-inch alloy wheels as well as exclusive badging and exterior features. Inside is a spacious affair, with plenty of leg and head room available for taller passengers in the back.

The boot is a very competitive size for this class of car, with 395 litres available when the rear seats are folded up. If you need the extra space for odd jobs like tip runs, then they can be folded flat to create 1,301 litres.

It's worth noting that i30 is also available as a Fastback or Estate, so it all boils down to your preference.

Technology and Safety

Hyundai i30 Interior

Hyundai have been pretty generous with the i30, with a number of desirable features available on each model. Entry-level models get a 3.8-inch monochrome screen that displays radio and music information, while SE models and above get an 8-inch colour touchscreen that comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Keeping your cool has never been easier thanks to the manual air-conditioning that comes standard, although higher spec models do come with dual-zone climate control. Bluetooth is a must-have in today's age, while the addition of a wireless charging pad is a very welcome one.

Safety feature highlights:

  • Autonomous Emergency Braking
  • Forward Collision Warning System
  • Blind Spot Detection
  • Lane Keeping Assist System
  • Electronic Stability Programme (ESP)

 

Economy and Performance

Hyundai i30 Driving

There are three engines to choose from, which consist of two petrol units and a sole diesel.

A 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine may not sound enough to move a mid-sized hatchback; but with 118 bhp and 126 ft/lbs on tap, it's surprisingly punchy. Expect 51 mpg on a combined cycle from this motor.

The larger 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol produces 138 bhp and 178 ft/lbs, which translates to effortless acceleration and easy overtaking on the motorway. Available with a 7-speed automatic gearbox, you can expect as high as 46.3 mpg on a combined cycle.

With low emissions and the ability to comfortably return close to 66 mpg (combined), the 1.6-litre diesel engine is ideal for motorway dwellers. The same seven-speed auto is available if you want seamless gear changes and optimised economy.

i30 Models

S

Hyundai i30 S

Key features:

  • 15" Alloy Wheels
  • Automatic Headlights with Dusk Sensor
  • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
  • Bluetooth® Connectivity
  • Cruise Control with Speed Limiter
  • Door Mirrors – Electric Adjustment and Heated
  • Electric Windows – Front and Rear Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
  • Headlights – Smart Beam
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System with Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
  • Radio – Digital DAB
  • Rear Seats – Split Folding (60/40)
  • Rear Spoiler with Integrated LED Brake Light
  • Shark Fin Antenna
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

SE

Hyundai i30 SE

Key features (in addition to S):

  • 8" Touchscreen Centre Console Display Audio with Smart Device Integration and DAB Radio
  • 16" Alloy Wheels Integration and DAB Radio
  • Automatic Dimming Rear View Mirror
  • Bluetooth® Connectivity with Voice Recognition
  • Phone Connection: Apple CarPlay(TM) / Android Auto(TM)
  • Door Mirrors – Electric Folding
  • Driver's Seat Lumbar Support – Electric
  • Electric Windows – Front and Rear
  • Fog Lights – Front and Rear
  • Parking Sensors – Rear
  • Parking System – Rear Camera and Guidance System

SE Nav adds:

  • 8" Touchscreen Satellite Navigation including Traffic Messaging
    Channel, MapCare and LIVE Services

N Line

Hyundai i30 N Line

Key features: 

  • 8" Touchscreen Centre Console Display Audio with Smart Device Integration and DAB Radio
  • 18" Alloy Wheels
  • Cruise Control with Speed Limiter
  • Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)
  • Headlights – Smart High Beam
  • Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)
  • Lane Departure Warning (LDW) System with Lane Keep Assist (LKA)
  • N Line Branded Gear Stick and Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • Parking Sensors – Rear
  • Parking System – Rear Camera and Guidance System
  • Phone Connection – Android Auto™/Apply CarPlay™
  • Shark Fin Antenna
  • Smart Key – Keyless Entry with Start/Stop Button
  • Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)

N Line+

Hyundai i30 N Line Plus

Key features (in addition to N Line):

  • Air Conditioning – Climate Control (Dual Zone)
  • Automatic Windscreen Wipers with Rain Sensor
  • Driver’s Seat Memory Function
  • Dual LED Headlights with Low/High Projection and Static Cornering
  • Front Seats – Heated
  • N Line Branded Heated Leather Wrapped Steering Wheel
  • N Line Faux Leather and Suede Seats

Premium

Hyundai i30 Premium

Key features in addition to SE Nav:

  • 4.2" Driver’s Supervision Instrument Cluster with LCD Display
  • 17" Alloy Wheels
  • Dual zone automatic climate control
  • Automatic Windscreen Wipers with Rain Sensor
  • Blind Spot Detection System (BSD)
  • Door Mirrors – Automatic Power Folding
  • Driver's Seat Adjustment – Electric
  • Front Seats – Heated
  • Headlights – LED
  • Parking Sensors – Front and Rear
  • Privacy Glass
  • Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
  • Rear Lights – LED
  • Seat Trim – Cloth and Artificial Leather
  • Smart Key – Keyless Entry with Engine Start/Stop Button
  • Wireless Phone Charging Pad

Premium SE adds:

  • Heated Steering Wheel
  • Seat Trim – Leather (Seat Facings only)
  • Sunroof – Panoramic Glass Electric Tilt and Slide

Test Drive the Hyundai i30

Available in three different bodystyles, the i30 makes a lot of sense as your primary family car. The sharp exterior appearance is complemented by a practical and technologically-advanced interior, while the frugal engines save you money at the pumps. In conclusion, the i30 is everything a good family hatchback should be.

If you want to see how the i30 could benefit your family on a daily basis, then please contact your nearest Evans Halshaw Hyundai retailer to book a test drive.