Hyundai i30 Review – By Wessex Garages
The Hyundai i30 is the Korean answer to the Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf.
It’s available in both three and five door versions in either a hatchback or as an estate
There are 5 models in the range, S, SE, SE NAV, Premium and Turbo available in both petrol and diesel in both manual and dual clutch automatic transmissions.
The i30 range starts from as little as £12995 for the entry level 1.4S rising to £23000 for the high performance and range topping 1.6 T-GDi Turbo model.
Hyundai i30 engine line-up
Hyundai’s range of petrol engines start with the 1.4 petrol which produces 100PS rising to the high performance 1.6 T-GDi Turbo which produces an impressive 186PS.
Diesel power plants consist of just one engine, the 1.6 CRDi available in two versions these being the 1.6 CRDi 110PS Blue-Drive (which produces no less than 94g/km CO2 emissions, appealing to company car drivers) and an uprated higher performing 136PS unit for drivers looking for increased levels of performance and torque.
Both the Blue Drive and 136PS diesel engines are available in both manual and automatic with the latter utilizing a dual clutch transmission.
List of standard features
All Hyundai i30 models come very well equipped with entry level S models fitted with air conditioning and bluetooth as standard.
When you move up the range equipment levels improve considerably with one of the most popular models sold being the SE Nav which comes with satellite navigation, reversing camera, parking sensors, bluetooth audio streaming, 16” alloy wheels and dual zone air conditioning
For drivers seeking an even higher specification, Premium models in addition to the equipment fitted to the SE Nav include full leather upholstery, HID headlights, and larger 17” alloy wheels.
Hyundai i30 Turbo
For the ultimate in performance the i30 Turbo is the model to choose.
Available in either 3 or 5 doors the Turbo is discreet in it’s looks and on closer inspection you can see subtle changes over the rest of the range with items such as a larger revised front grill, bold front and rear bumper detailing, 18” alloy wheels and powerful twin exhausts.
Performance comes from the impressive 1.6 T-GDi turbo charged petrol engine mated to a six manual gearbox, producing 186PS. The Turbo reaches a 0-62 time of just 8 seconds with equally impressive low down torque which makes for easy overtaking on A and B roads.
With all this performance, Hyundai have worked their magic with the cars handling with an uprated suspension and more direct steering delivering ultra-responsive power with dynamic handling.
Add in the smooth and slick shifting 6 speed manual gearbox and you’ve got a hot hatch to be reckoned with. Just as impressive is its price with the i30 Turbo coming in at just over £4000 less than the entry level 3 door Volkswagen Golf GTi.
i30 warranty coverage
All i30 models across the range come with Hyundai’s 5 year unlimited triple care warranty. This consists of a 5 year unlimited mileage warranty, 5 year roadside assistance and 5 years worth of free vehicle health checks for greater peace of mind.
With the Hyundai i30 range starting from as little as £12995 (a customer saving of £2300 against the full list price of £15295.00) the i30 represents superb value for money.
Add in its flexible, smooth and efficient engines and the range topping, high performance turbo model and you have a range of models to satisfy every driving style and preference
Our in house produced video reviews the i30 hatch featuring the 1.6CRDi Blue Drive diesel with reference to the high performance turbo model.
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