Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Flex Steer variable steering settings
  • PAS
  • Rear parking sensor
  • Remote boot release
  • Remote fuel flap release
  • Trip computer

Entertainment

  • 4 speakers
  • Radio/CD with MP3 and WMA compatibility
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • USB/aux input socket

Exterior Features

  • Adjustable intermittent wipers
  • Body colour door handles
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome grille surround
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front and rear electric windows
  • Front fog lights
  • Heated rear windscreen
  • LED daytime running lights
  • One touch facility on driver's window
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Tinted glass

Interior Features

  • 12V accessory power point in centre console
  • 60/40 split folding flat to floor rear seats
  • Air conditioning
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Cloth upholstery
  • Driver's seat height adjuster
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and vanity mirrors
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front centre armrest with storage compartment
  • Front cupholders
  • Front map reading lights
  • Front/rear adjustable head restraints
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Illuminated ignition key hole
  • Instrument panel illumination control
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Lockable/illuminated air conditioned glovebox
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Sunglasses holder

Safety

  • 'Childproof' rear door locks
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Active front headrests
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • EBD + Brake Assist
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Traction control

Security

  • Alarm
  • Deadlocks
  • Drive away door locking
  • Engine immobiliser
  • Folding key
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking

Technical

  • Diesel particulate filter
  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Trim

  • Alloy fascia

Wheels

  • 15" alloy wheels
  • Temporary spare wheel

Emissions

CO

0.091

CO2 (g/km)

145

HC

Noise Level dB(A)

71

NOx

0.141

Particles

0.0012

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 5

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

1582

Compression Ratio

17.3:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

4

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

77.2

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

84.5

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

COMMON RAIL

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

16

Transmission

AUTO

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

51.4

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

62.5

EC Urban (mpg)

39.2

General

Badge Engine CC

1.6

Badge Power

110

Based On ID

Coin Description

CRDi

Coin Series

Active

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

10E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

10

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

5

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

90

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

90

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

5

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

67

NCAP Safety Assist %

86

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

24

Service Interval Mileage

20000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

5

Timing Belt Interval Frequency - Months

Timing Belt Interval Mileage

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

12.3

Engine Power - BHP

110

Engine Power - KW

81

Engine Power - RPM

4000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

192

Engine Torque - MKG

27

Engine Torque - NM

260

Engine Torque - RPM

1900

Top Speed

112

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

195/65 R15

Tyre Size Rear

195/65 R15

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

15" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1470

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4300

Wheelbase

2650

Width

1780

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

53

Gross Vehicle Weight

1940

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1316

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

378

Max. Loading Weight

500

Max. Roof Load

80

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1400

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

650

Minimum Kerbweight

1440

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.6

Summary

In summary then, an effective package - as this i30 has always been. For complete desirability in this segment though, you sense that in the future, a touch of unpredictability might be needed from Hyundai when it comes to a car of this sort, something truly ground-breaking that still ticks all the boxes on every Family Hatch buyer's wish list. We've little doubt that one day, the brand will provide it. In the meantime though, what we already have here is still enough to leave the industry's more established car makers with furrowed brows. Ultimately, it's hard to do too much better for the money. Which means that for the time being at least, the i's still have it.

Background

Cast your mind back to 2007. That was the year the very first Hyundai i30 family hatchback appeared, a Focus-sized model that completely changed the way we thought about Korean cars. Since then, this Asian maker has transformed itself from budget brand to the point where it's now a mainstream quality choice. Can this significantly improved MK3 model i30 help Hyundai progress further in its relentless march to full automotive credibility? It's very firmly a product of evolution rather than revolution. But there's an upgraded engine line-up including a more efficient 1.4-litre T-GDI petrol powerplant. Buyers also get a high-tech dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission option. And cutting-edge standards of electronic safety and media connectivity. It all sounds quite promising doesn't it? But then, if this i30 is going to be able to keep pace in this closely-fought segment, it's going to need to be.

Driving Experience

The prospects look good. Let's look at the engines on offer - there are three petrol units and one diesel. If you're a mainstream buyer fuelling from the green pump, you'll be choosing between a couple of advanced T-GDI units, a three cylinder 1.0-litre 120PS variant and a four cylinder 140PS 1.4-litre derivative, which can be ordered either with a six-speed manual gearbox or 7speed DCT auto transmission. The same transmission choices are also offered to diesel folk, who get the 1.6-litre CRDi 110PS powerplant carried over from the previous generation line-up. At the top of the range, the i30 N hot hatch gets a 2.0 TGDI petrol unit developing either 250 or 275PS. We're already familiar with the 1.0 T-GDI powerplant from the i20 - here it develops 170Nm of torque. Newer to us though, is the 1.4 T-GDI variant. This unit puts out 242Nm of torque and works well with the dual-clutch transmission where it offers the user two drive modes: 'normal' and 'sport'. In 'sport' mode, you get a different shift pattern that holds gears longer before shifting, plus the steering provides a sporty feel and the throttle response is adapted. Hyundai says it's put a lot more work into ride and handling this time round, developing this car in Europe at venues like the famous Nurburgring Nordschliefe. This is where the marque's first high performance 'N'-branded i30 model was developed, a variant we'll see shortly. In more mainstream i30 variants, the completely reworked chassis should certainly make the car feel more responsive, aided by more accurate electric power steering that is supposed to be 10% more direct than before.

Design and Build

There's a choice of three i30 bodystyles, a five-door hatch, a 'Tourer' estate and a sleeker five-door 'Fastback' model. Either way, you'll find the front end marked by the brand's latest stylistic signature, its so-called 'Cascading Grille'. In combination with the three-projector LED headlamps and the vertical LED daytime running lights, this gives the car a much stronger visual presence than it had before. To further enhance this, projector-type front fog lamps are integrated into the air curtains. Under the skin, the structure is much stronger, with 53% of the framework now fashioned from Advanced High Strength Steel. It's much smarter and classier inside too. The floating screen of the optional eight-inch navigation touch screen on the dashboard integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features and there's a redesigned multifunction three-spoke steering wheel too. For enhanced comfort, the front seats can be heated or cooled in three stages. When customers choose power seats, these can be adjusted in 10-ways including lumber support. There's an optional panoramic glass roof to fit with the current segment trend. And bootspace has been slightly increased - to 395-litres. Overall seats-folded space is slightly down on before though, now rated at 1,301-litres. Versatility is enhanced with a practical two-stage luggage board and a ski hatch in the rear centre seat. Go for the Tourer estate version and you get a 602-litre boot, extendable to 1,650-litres.

Market and Model

Pricing starts from around £17,000 and goes up to well over £30,000 across the choice of five-door hatch, 'Tourer' estate, five-door 'Fastback' and i30 N variants. These figures underline the fact that Hyundai no longer feels the need to pitch its products against bargain brands. The 1.0 T-GDI 120PS petrol variant can be ordered in an entry-level 'S' guise but otherwise, the mainstream range is based around 'SE', 'SE Nav', 'Premium' and 'Premium SE' trim options. As for equipment levels across the range, well Hyundai isn't holding back. There's dual-zone climate control to ensure a comfortable environment for all occupants during long journeys. Plus niceties like a panoramic sunroof and a heated steering wheel are optional, as is a Navigation system you operate via an 8-inch touchscreen on the dash. Safety has been a particular feature of the development of this car. The key news is that all variants get Autonomous Emergency Braking, a system that scans the road ahead as you drive, the set-up looking for potential collision hazards. If one is detected, you'll be warned. If you don't respond - or aren't able to - the brakes will automatically be applied to decrease the severity of any resulting accident. Other key i30 safety features include a 'Driver Attention Alert' system, 'Smart Cruise Control', a 'Blind Spot Detector, 'Rear-Cross Traffic Alert', a 'Lane Keeping Assist System', a 'Speed Limit Information Function' and 'High Beam Assist'.

Cost of Ownership

The introduction of new engine technology has kept Hyundai right on the pace of the class best when it comes to efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. These can be as low as 99g/km if you opt for the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, which also manages 67.3mpg on the combined cycle. The 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol unit puts out 115g/km of CO2 and manages 48.7mpg. And the 1.4-litre T-GDI variant delivers 124g/km and 42.8mpg. Fuel saving technologies include Integrated Stop & Go (ISG),low rolling-resistance tyres, an alternator management system (AMS) and a drag-reducing 'active air flap' in the front grille, similar to the technology introduced on the Ford Focus. All of this is aided by a slippery drag coefficient and the 7DCT auto gearbox provides an improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of up to 20% compared to a conventional six-gear automated transmission. Residual values of the old i30 suffered a little due to market oversupply which is a nice problem for Hyundai to have but one that can come back and bite them when looking for repeat business. That problem tailed off a little towards the end of the previous model's life when buyers were able to negotiate bigger discounts from the new list price, offsetting the depreciation somewhat.