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Hyundai i30 Review, For Sale, Colours, Models, Interior & News

When it launched in 2007, the European-focused i30 signalled a real step up for Hyundai; it seemed that the Korean brand was no longer content to pump out cheap and unsophisticated small cars with little appeal.

Thanks to attractive styling, generous interior space and Australian-road specific suspension tuning, the five-door hatch was impressive enough to win CarsGuide Car of the Year in its debut year. Since then, it has fostered a reputation as a high-quality, safe, reliable and enjoyable alternative to favourites like the Toyota Corolla and Mazda3. Note that while the wagon was discontinued in 2017, the i30 Sedan replaced the Elantra for the 2021 model year. The base model starts from $23,420, rising to $52,000 for the most expensive version.

This vehicle is also known as Hyundai Elantra GT.

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Hyundai i30 Models Price and Specs

The price range for the Hyundai i30 varies based on the trim level you choose. Starting at $23,420 and going to $52,000 for the latest year the model was manufactured. The model range is available in the following body types starting from the engine/transmission specs shown below.

Year Body Type Specs Price from Price to
2022 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $23,420 $52,000
2022 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $25,190 $37,690
2021 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $23,420 $52,000
2021 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $25,190 $37,690
2020 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $14,400 $47,300
2020 Sedan 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $17,900 $30,910
2019 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $13,100 $45,320
2018 Hatchback 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN $11,900 $41,580
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Hyundai i30 Colours

The i30 hatch is available in a gamut of colours depending on the spec level chosen. On all grades only the default Polar White is free, with other colours carrying a $495 premium. There are seven colours available in the range: white, black, grey, silver, blue, and red, with a bonus orange being unique to the N-Line grade. The i30 N can be had in two different grey shades to the rest of the range, and offers its own unique 'Performance blue' shade.

  • Polar White
  • Amazon Gray
  • Intense Blue
  • Fiery Red
  • Fluid Metal
  • Phantom Black
To confirm current colour availability, please check the manufacturer's website.

Hyundai i30 Accessories

All Hyundai i30s from the base model ‘Go’ up feature a solid standard equipment list, including air conditioning,, alloy wheels, cruise control, keyless entry and start, LED DRLs, auto headlights, a multi-media control screen, a reversing camera, six-speaker audio (including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Bluetooth connectivity) and a tyre pressure monitoring system, as well as high-level active and passive safety tech. Moving up through the grades from Active to the Elite, Premium and sporty N-Line brings climate control air, bigger alloy rims, active cruise, digital radio, leather accented upholstery, rain-sensing wipers, and wireless phone charging.

Hyundai i30 Q&As

Check out real-world situations relating to the Hyundai i30 here, particularly what our experts have to say about them.

  • What is causing my 2013 Hyundai i30's rough cold start?

    Any smoke from the exhaust of a car suggests there’s something wrong with the fuel system or that there’s wear inside the engine. I’m leaning towards the fuel system in this case, though, as a cold-start is when the fuelling system is under the greatest stress.

    To make a cold engine run properly, the engine’s fuel-air ratio has to be altered (more fuel and less air than when the engine is up to temperature). To know how much extra fuel, the engine has a range of sensors that measure the temperature of the air going into the engine, the temperature of the engine itself, the flow of air, as well as sensors that sniff what’s coming out of the tailpipe to make sure the mixture is just right. If any of these sensors begin to send false information to the engine’s computer, the mixture can be incorrect and the rough running, poor idling and visible smoke can be the results.

    Even something as simple as the stepper-motor, which controls the idle speed of the car, can be the cause of rough idling, but that’s less likely to contribute to gales of smoke from the exhaust. The best advice is to have the car scanned and see if the computer has logged any faults. Smoke from the engine might also warrant a compression test of the engine’s cylinders, too. From there, you can make a more informed diagnosis and replace only the faulty parts.

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  • Why is it hard to star my Hyundai i30?

    The hard starting and loss of power sound to me like a problem with the fuel pick-up or the fuel pump. In your Hyundai, the fuel filter is part of the pump assembly and lives in the actual fuel tank. Replacing the filter involves removing the pump from the tank, changing the filter and then replacing the whole assembly into the tank. If a hose has been crimped or an air leak introduced into this system, the pump may not be able to supply the engine with all the fuel it needs. A cold start-up is when an engine will suffer from this leak, while tight turns on a roundabout could be enough to starve the engine of fuel if the pick-up (the hose that dips into the petrol in the tank) isn’t in the right position inside the tank. The fact that these problems started when the car received a new fuel filter is a pretty good clue that something was not quite right when the car was put back together. I’d be going back to the workshop that fitted the filter, explaining the problem and giving the shop the opportunity to put things right.

    The noise in your steering system is almost certainly due to a well known problem with these cars. The electrically-assisted steering system in your car uses a rubber coupling which can deteriorate over time. When this happens, a click or clunk can be heard. The solution is to have the rubber coupling replaced. Because the problem didn’t cause steering failure, Hyundai didn’t issue a recall for this, but a batch of earlier i30s (some cars built in 2007 and 2008) did have a steering coupling that could fail completely, leading to a loss of steering., These were recalled by Hyundai as part of a safety recall back in 2014.

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  • Hyundai i35 - Did this model ever exist?

    The answer is no, but Hyundai's naming policy was very confusing during the 2010s.

    The original i30 of 2007 introduced the alphanumerical naming policy and signified a different approach to vehicle engineering, with a European focus with higher-quality engineering rather than a low price to take on class leaders like on the Volkswagen Golf.

    Thus 'i' something became a sort of premium nomenclature, and of course is still used to denote this on models like the i30 and Europe's i10 and i20 small cars There was also the German-engineered i40 midsized sedan and wagon until 2018.

    But here's where Hyundai muddied its own waters.

    In 2010 the larger, American-market Sonata was rebadged i45 for Australia and New Zealand – even though an 'x' and a '5' rather than a '0' meant crossover or SUV, as illustrated by the very popular second-generation Tucson being renamed ix35 in Australia and some other markets from 2009 to 2015 – though this naming policy was abandoned for the third-generation Tucson from 2015. While strikingly styled, there was nothing European about the i45, and it too returned to being badged Sonata from 2015.

    So... i10, 120, i30, i40 and i45 for Australia, but no i35.

    Thank you.

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  • Should I buy a 2013 Hyundai i30?

    That’s actually not a lot of kilometres for a modern car, even a small hatchback like a Hyundai i30. Modern cars are actually a lot more durable in the long term than older ones, so I wouldn’t be worried about the distance travelled. Given that the average car in Australia travels about 15,000km a year, 108,000 is actually about right for a car that’s now eight years old.

    That said, the car’s chances of being reliable for the next few years will pivot on how it has been maintained by its previous owners. Make sure the car you buy has a full service history with no gaps in that document suggesting it has missed any scheduled preventative maintenance. Unfortunately, many people who purchase budget cars like the Hyundai tend to maintain them in a similar way and that often means corners are cut. But if the service history is intact and complete, there’s no reason to suspect the car won’t offer years of reliable service. The price you’ve been quoted seems about right for the car in question.

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Hyundai i30 Fuel Consumption

The Hyundai i30 is available in a number of variants and body types that are powered by ULP, PULP and Diesel fuel type(s). It has an estimated fuel consumption starting from 7.3L/100km for Hatchback /ULP for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2021 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Hatchback 8L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Sedan 7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Hatchback 4.7L/100km 1.6L Diesel 7 SP AUTO
2020 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Hatchback 8L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2020 Sedan 7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 4.5L/100km 1.6L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2019 Hatchback 8L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 4.5L/100km 1.6L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2018 Hatchback 8L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 4.5L/100km 1.6L Diesel 6 SP MAN
2017 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
* Combined fuel consumption See All Hyundai i30 Pricing and Specs for 2021

Hyundai i30 Dimensions

The dimensions of the Hyundai i30 Sedan and Hatchback vary according to year of manufacture and spec level.

Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2021 Sedan 1430x1825x4650 mm 140 mm
2021 Hatchback 1455x1795x4340 mm 140 mm
2020 Hatchback 1455x1795x4340 mm 140 mm
2020 Sedan 1430x1825x4650 mm 140 mm
2019 Hatchback 1455x1795x4340 mm 140 mm
2018 Hatchback 1455x1795x4340 mm 140 mm
2017 Hatchback 1455x1795x4340 mm 140 mm
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Hyundai i30 Dimensions

Hyundai i30 Interior

The ambience in the cabin of the i30 Sedan depends on which one your sitting in. The Elite models are lovely - all quality-feeling materials (save the hard plastics on the upper doors), including a vaguely denim-feeling fabric that trims the inner door panels, and those big twin screens that feel plenty tech savvy.

The Active model makes do without the niceties, though, feeling decidedly cheaper inside - a feeling not helped by the fact the smaller 8.0-inch touchscreen is housed in the same surround as the bigger 10.25-inch screen, meaning your suddenly confronted by a lot of flat black plastic.

Hyundai i30 Boot Space

The Hyundai i30 hatchback has a boot space of 395 litres. If you need a bigger cargo capacity the sedan will suit your needs, with 474L of boot space on offer.

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Hyundai i30 Wheel Size

The Hyundai i30 has a number of different wheel and tyre options. When it comes to tyres, these range from 205x55 R16 9 for Hatchback in 2021.

Year Body Type Front Tyre Size Front Rim Rear Tyre Size Rear Rim
2021 Hatchback 205x55 R16 9 205x55 R16 9
2021 Sedan 225x45 R17 9 225x45 R17 9
2020 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2020 Sedan 225x45 R17 9 225x45 R17 9
2019 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2018 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
2017 Hatchback 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches 205x55 R16 16x6.5 inches
The dimensions shown above are for the base model. See All Hyundai i30 Wheel Sizes

Hyundai i30 Towing Capacity

The Hyundai i30 has maximum towing capacity of 1600kg for the latest model available.

Year Body Type Braked Capacity from Braked Capacity to
2021 Sedan 1100kg 1200kg
2021 Hatchback 1300kg 1600kg
2020 Sedan 0kg 1200kg
2020 Hatchback 1300kg 1600kg
2019 Hatchback 1300kg 1600kg
2018 Hatchback 0kg 1600kg
2017 Hatchback 1300kg 1300kg
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Hyundai i30 Speed

The Hyundai i30 Sedan is untested on the sprint to 100km/h, but... it won't be fast. Based on the engine and power delivery, we'd tip somewhere around the 10-second range.

Hyundai i30 Seats

The Hyundai i30 Sedan is a five-seat small car with a surprising amount of room for backseat riders. This is a vehicle you can genuinely fit four adults in in comfort, but you'd best leave that middle seat empty when you do.