HYUNDAI

HYUNDAI I30 DIESEL TOURER 1.6 CRDi [136] Premium SE 5dr DCT

Fuel

FuelDiesel

Transmission

TransmissionAutomatic

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph10.9s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2127 g/km

ISSUES WHEN TURNING THIRTY

By Jonathan Crouch

Introduction

From its launch in 2017, Hyundai's much improved third generation i30 delivered smarter looks, a wider variety of body styles, efficient engines and stronger standards of safety and media connectivity. So if you're shopping in the family hatchback segment for a model made in the 2017-2020 period, it's a product that certainly adds up on paper. But then, the i30 always has.

Models

5dr hatchback/ Tourer estate (1.0, 1.4, 2.0 turbo petrol / 1.6 CRDi diesel 110PS)

History

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 being a budget brand to the point where it's now a mainstream quality choice, that process aided by the launch of this third generation i30 model in early 2017. This was, according to its maker, 'a car for everyone'. Except that it wasn't. It couldn't be, Hyundai's product range by 2017 being tailored much more specifically for individual needs. That's why in this period, the same kind of money that most i30 models sold for would alternatively buy you the company's Kona SUV. Or, for those more concerned about saving the planet than conquering parts of it, there was the brand's eco-minded IONIQ hybrid. All of which left this i30 free to focus a little - in every sense. Ford's market leader was one of the family hatchbacks the Korean brand had in its sights with this car, but there were plenty of others, with Vauxhall's Astra, Peugeot's 308 and of course Volkswagen's Golf all representing key targets. Take on that lot and you'd better come well prepared: fortunately, Hyundai did. In MK3 model form, the i30 was stiffer, slightly bigger and a lot smarter. The petrol engines were all of the new-tech T-GDI variety and the driving experience was supposedly improved by changes to the steering and the damping. There were vastly-improved levels of camera-driven electronic safety and media connectivity. And buyers of this fourth generation car got the choice of four different variants, so as well as this five-door hatch and its 'Tourer' estate counterpart, there was also a style-orientated five-door 'Fastback Coupe' and the high performance i30 N hot hatch. This MK3 model sold until 2020, when it was replaced by a facelifted model with mild hybrid tech.

What You Get

When Hyundai developed their very first i30 model back in 2007, exterior design wasn't really top of the priority list. Five years later though, at the launch of that design's second generation replacement, we noted that the brand had put far more work into styling and packaging, an emphasis that's paid off since, with customers apparently rating this car's pleasing design as their number one reason for purchase. Hence all the effort put into the look of this MK3 model, which adopted a sharper, sleeker, leaner look than before. As one writer put it, 'it's now more Prada than Primark'. Behind the wheel, your first impression will probably that quality has gone up a notch or two. The biggest cabin talking point is the 8-inch colour touchscreen, though bear in mind that you'll only get it if you can avoid the two lower-spec trim levels. This is your interface for controlling satellite navigation, the DAB audio set-up and a package of 'TomTom LIVE' services that alert you to speed cameras, update you on the weather and provide accurate information on traffic jams and roadworks. You can also connect in your handset using the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring systems. On the back seat, as with most other cars in this segment, it's not possible to sit three fully-sized adults with any real degree of comfort but if there are only two of you, then you'll find that there's reasonable space for legs, knees and shoulders. The 395-litre cargo capacity is class-competitive. If you need more space and want to push the rear backrest down, there's up to 1301-litres of carrying capacity available in this configuration.

What You Pay

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What to Look For

We came across lots of satisfied i30 customers for this MK3 model in our owners survey but inevitably, there were a few who had issues. One owner had the lane assist and AEB brake function alarm lights come on while on a motorway which required replacement of the car's safety camera. In another case, an i30 DCT auto model lost drive at lower speeds requiring a software fix. In another case, there was a report of an i30 1.6 CRDi model over-actively regenerating - probably an issue with the sensors. Some i30 models built between September 2018 and November 2018 may have an issue with the anti-pinch function of the sunroof motor: if the car you're looking at is from this period and has a sunroof, check that this has been attended to. Check for signs of interior child damage and insist on a fully stamped-up service history. Other than that, it's a clean bill of health. Hyundai's brilliant five-year warranty arrangement means that these vehicles very rarely fall into premature neglect.

Replacement Parts

(approx prices, based on a 2017 1.6 CRDi i30) Hyundai spares prices have gained an enviable reputation for good value, and replacement parts for the i30 are no exception. Front brake pads are between £20-£43 - think in the £18-£61 bracket for rears. Front brake discs start in the £53 to £111 bracket - think in the £31-£95 bracket for rears. A radiator is in the £120-£135 bracket. Air filters sit in the £6-£18 bracket. Oil filters cost between £5 and £14 depending on brand. A headlamp would set you back about £180-£184, while a fuel filter would cost in the £7 to £30 bracket. A water pump is in the £50-£75 bracket. And a thermostat is around £7-£22. A front shock absorber is in the £53-£58 bracket - or £30-£100 for rears.

On the Road

As in other areas, all the right ingredients appear to be in place here for a decent showing when it comes to drive dynamics. The T-GDI and CRDi engines tick all the right technological boxes and the previous model's sophisticated multi-link rear suspension was here further improved. As a result, few other cars in this class from this period are better at soothing away tarmac imperfections. Thanks in part to a significant increase in body rigidity for this MK3 design, the i30 is also extremely quiet. Not so effective are the changes made to the damping ('performance-orientated' dampers were added) and the steering (said to be 10% more direct). The difference made by these changes is difficult to detect, so our perspective remains that there's still scope for improvement if Hyundai's really wants to rival something like a Ford Focus around the twisty stuff. We've few complaints about the engine line-up on offer though, an area in which Hyundai clearly did its homework on what appealed to European buyers. There's a choice of two T-GDI petrol units, a three cylinder 1.0-litre 120PS unit and a four cylinder 1.4-litre 140PS powerplant. Alternatively, the 110PS 1.6-litre CRDi diesel used in the previous generation model was carried over for these wanting to fuel from the black pump. You can see why that might appeal, with NEDC figures suggested that 74.3mpg might be possible on the combined cycle, along with 99g/km of CO2. This diesel and the pokier petrol unit can be had with an efficient 7DCT dual-clutch auto gearbox. The top i30 N hot hatch uses a 2.0 T-GDI petrol engine, offered with either 250 or 275PS.

Overall

You may have read or seen reviews elsewhere suggesting that this third generation i30 is a car without stand-out qualities. That's not true. We think this to be the most refined car in the family hatchback class from the 2017 to 2020 period for instance. The level of standard safety kit is un-bettered in the sector from this period too, plus this Hyundai also makes the grade when it comes to the important questions of practicality and media connectivity. With all that said though, we do understand why some struggle to warm to this model - at least in this standard form. This Korean brand's stated aim that this should be 'a car for everyone', aside from being impossible to achieve, is also a recipe for what could have been a very compromised end result. The lazy way to review this car is to dismiss it in just that way. Live with it though and the attributes mentioned earlier begin to shine through. 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.

  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Rear wiper
  • Electric front and rear windows + anti trap + one touch
  • Automatic front rain sensing wipers
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Aero wiper + intermittent function
  • Automatic defog system
  • Solar glass with windscreen shade band

  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake Assist
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic Stability Programme

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Parking system with rear camera and guidance system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Driver alert system
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Power assisted steering
  • Cruise control + speed limiter

  • Engine start/stop button

  • Roll over sensor
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Supervision cluster with 4.2" TFT display
  • Smartphone wireless charging plate
  • 8" touch screen sat nav with TMC
  • Windscreen washer level indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Digital clock

  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors

  • Diesel particulate filter

  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB/aux input socket
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • RDS radio with MP3 player
  • 6 speakers

  • Rear spoiler
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome beltline
  • Chrome window surround
  • Silver roof rails
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Electrically adjustable tilt/slide panoramic glass sunroof
  • Black front grille with chrome accent

  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • LED Headlights
  • Smart beam
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail lights
  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • Cornering headlights
  • LED brake lights
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front/rear fog lights
  • Headlamp levelling

  • Rear air vents
  • Dual zone climate control

  • Glove compartment
  • Leather handbrake
  • Ski bag through loading
  • 12V accessory power point in centre console
  • Leather gear knob
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Variable boot floor
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Rear armrests with cupholder
  • Heated steering wheel
  • Centre console storage with lid
  • Front cupholders
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Leather upholstery
  • Luggage cover
  • Luggage net
  • Front sliding armrest with storage compartment
  • 12v socket in front centre armrest storage compartment
  • Sunglasses holder
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment

  • Front and rear interior lights with delay
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Front map reading lights

  • Active front headrests
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front side airbags
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Tyre pressure monitor
  • Autonomous emergency braking

  • 60/40 split folding flat to floor rear seats
  • Front/rear adjustable head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Electrically adjustable driver's seat
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Front passenger seat height adjustment
  • Driver's electric adjustable lumbar support

  • Deadlocks
  • Folding key
  • Drive away door locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 17"10 spoke two tone alloy wheels

  • Emergency spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 110
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 127

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: COMMON RAIL
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 16.0:1
  • Transmission: SEMI-AUTO
  • Gears: 7 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 77.2
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84.5
  • CC: 1582

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 61.4
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 70.6
  • EC Combined (mpg): 67.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 50.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 62.8
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 65.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 53.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 56.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 5.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 4.5
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 4.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 5.3
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 5

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 14E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 20000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 136
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.6
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Premium SE
  • Coin Description: CRDi [136]
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 10
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Power - KW: 100
  • Engine Power - RPM: 4000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 221
  • Engine Torque - NM: 300
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1750
  • Engine Power - BHP: 136
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 10.9
  • Top Speed: 123
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 30.6

  • Emissions Test Cycle: Second Act

  • Tyre Size Front: 225/45 R17
  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/45 R17
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 17" ALLOY

  • Width (including mirrors): 2039
  • Height: 1475
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4585
  • Width: 1795
  • Wheelbase: 2650

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1340
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1940
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 602
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1500
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 600
  • Max. Loading Weight: 600
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1650
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Metallic paint: £585
  • Pearlescent paint: £585
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Metallic - White sands: £585
  • Metallic - Fiery Red: £585
  • Metallic - Micron Grey: £585
  • Metallic - Stellar blue: £585
  • Metallic - Champion Blue: £585
  • Metallic - Olivine Grey: £585

  • Pearl - Phantom black: £585
  • Pearl - Platinum silver: £585

  • Solid - Polar white: £0
  • Solid - Engine red: £0

  • Leather - Black: £0
  • Leather - Grey: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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