Hyundai i30 Review

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Hyundai i30 Review

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There are three trim levels; Comfort, Style and Premium.

There are three trim levels; Comfort, Style and Premium. All have a slightly different attitude. The test car was in Comfort trim, which could be regarded as ‘base level’ but comes with a fair few goodies, some of which you wouldn’t find on many other base models in this price range.

For instance, the supportive seats have lumbar- and height-adjustment for the driver, there are electric windows front and rear, heated door mirrors, rake- and reach adjustable steering column and tinted glass. However, at this level, it is unusual to have ESP, to go with the ABS with EBD and quite a few cars only have four airbags, while the i30 has six, including full-length curtain airbags. Incidentally, there is a very good demonstration of the effectiveness of ESP on the Hyundai website. Prices for the Comfort model start from £10,995.

The Style trim is sportier and swaps the standard 15-inch alloys for 16-inch wheels. It also adds automatic headlamps, part-leather seats to match the covers for the front armrest, steering wheel and gear knob. UV-reducing glazing and Hyundai’s new Tyre Pressure Monitoring System are also included in the £12,545 starting price.

Premium buys 17-inch alloys, rear parking sensors, full climate control, full leather upholstery, heated front seats, auto wipers, an armrest for the rear passengers and a de-icing area for the front wipers. Premium prices rise from £14,895 to £16,595, depending on the engine and transmission choices.

Petrol fans can choose between a 1.4-litre (109 PS) and a 1.6-litre (122PS) unit. Both of which are newly developed to provide a fair amount of whizziness. On the other hand, the Variable Geometry Turbo-charged, diesels offer performance and fuel consumption. A 1.6-ltre (115PS) unit is available along with a new 2.0-litre engine, which is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission. With the exception of the Style trim, the 1.6 units (diesel and petrol) come with the option of an automatic gearbox in place of the 5-speed manual, but at a premium of between £650 and £1,300.

The £12,295, test car had the 1.6 petrol engine under the bonnet, mated to the 5-speed gearbox. This particular power unit produces 122PS at 6,200rpm, that is 120.3bhp in old money and there is 154Nm or 113.5lb ft of torque available at 4,200rpm.

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Hyundai i30 Road Test Data
Model ReviewedHyundai i30 1.6 Comfort
Body Type5-Door Hatchback
ColourShine Red
Performance (manufacturers data) 
0 - 62 mph11.1 Seconds
Top Speed 119 mph
Transmission5-Speed Manual
Fuel TypeUnleaded Petrol
CO2 Emissions (NEDC Figures) g/km
Economy (NEDC Figures) 
Urban35.3 mpg
Extra Urban54.3 mpg
Combined45.5 mpg
Insurance Group5
Euro NCAP Rating4
Warranty5-Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty
Price (when tested on the 25/01/08)£12,295

The information contained within this Hyundai i30 review may have changed since publication on the 25 January 2008. The actual model road tested may feature options and functionality specific to that model, which may not be available as on option or be fitted to other models in the range. Options may not be available on UK specification cars. You may wish to check with your local Hyundai dealer, before making a purchasing decision. E.&.O.E. You may NOT reproduce this car review in full or part, in any format without our written permission. © 2018