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The Hyundai i30 Review 2023: A Sneak Peek into the Future of Hatchbacks

The 2024 Hyundai i30 is a car that has all the exciting features, design updates, and technological advancements that make the i30 a real game-changer in the hatchback world. As Hyundai continues to push the boundaries of innovation, the 2024 i30 promises to deliver an unparalleled driving experience. So let’s dive in and find out what this futuristic hatchback has to offer.

The Hyundai i30 Review 2023: A Sneak Peek into the Future of Hatchbacks
The Hyundai i30 Review 2023: A Sneak Peek into the Future of Hatchbacks

Overeview of 2023 Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 2024 is a hatchback that goes above and beyond to redefine what a hatchback can be. With its captivating design and sleek lines, this car is sure to turn heads wherever you go. But it’s not just about looks – the i30 is packed with advanced technology that will make your driving experience more convenient and enjoyable. From the intuitive infotainment system to the array of safety features, this car has it all. And when it comes to performance, the i30 doesn’t disappoint. Its powerful engine delivers impressive acceleration and responsive handling, making every drive a thrill.

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Exterior Design of 2023 Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 Review 2024: A Sneak Peek into the Future of Hatchbacks
The Hyundai i30 Review 2024: A Sneak Peek into the Future of Hatchbacks

The 2024 Hyundai i30 boasts a stunning exterior design that combines sleekness, aerodynamics, and modernity. The front fascia features a bold grille with chrome accents, giving the car a confident and aggressive look. The LED headlights have been redesigned to be sharper and more angular, providing better visibility during nighttime drives.

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Moving to the side profile, you’ll notice the sculpted lines that enhance the car’s aerodynamics and give it a dynamic presence on the road. The sloping roofline adds a touch of sportiness while maintaining ample headroom for both front and rear passengers. At the rear, the LED taillights have been redesigned to match the front’s sharpness, creating a cohesive and stylish look.

One reason Hyundai Australia has decided to introduce the new hybrid at this stage is because the i30 Sedan is due for a mid-life upgrade and facelift. The company has already previewed the design from South Korea, featuring a more dramatic front-end appearance with a larger, more embellished upper grille and a wraparound light bar across the front end. Another reason Hyundai Australia has decided to introduce the new hybrid at this stage is because the i30 Sedan is due for a mid-life upgrade and facelift.

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What’s notable about the Elantra Hybrid we drove in the US is that it didn’t look any different from the rest of the Elantra range. The concept of a hybrid has become normalized these days, to the point where there’s no need for a unique design. Customers don’t want something different that stands out, like the Toyota Prius. Instead, they just want the fuel-saving benefits in a standard-looking car.

Interior Comfort and Technology of 2023 Hyundai i30

Step inside the i30 2024, and you’ll be greeted by a spacious and luxurious cabin that offers comfort and convenience at every turn. The seats are ergonomically designed and upholstered in premium materials, ensuring a comfortable ride even on long journeys. Both the driver and passengers will appreciate the ample legroom and headroom provided, making every ride enjoyable.

The infotainment system has received a significant upgrade in the 2024 model. A large touchscreen display sits prominently on the center console, featuring Hyundai’s latest user-friendly interface. With seamless smartphone integration, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto compatibility, you’ll have access to your favorite apps and navigation tools right at your fingertips. The i30 also offers wireless charging capabilities, so you can keep your devices powered up without the hassle of cables.

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Performance and Efficiency of 2023 Hyundai i30

Under the hood, the Hyundai i30 2024 offers a range of powerful yet fuel-efficient engine options to suit different driving preferences. One of the standout choices is the turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers an impressive horsepower and torque output. Paired with a smooth-shifting automatic transmission, this engine provides excellent acceleration and responsiveness on both city streets and highways.

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Hyundai has also focused on improving fuel efficiency in the i30 2024. With advanced engineering and aerodynamic enhancements, the i30 achieves an impressive fuel economy rating. This makes it an ideal choice for those who want a balance between performance and eco-friendliness.

Safety Features of 2023 Hyundai i30

When it comes to safety, Hyundai has equipped the i30 2024 with an array of advanced features to provide peace of mind on every journey. The car comes with a comprehensive suite of active safety technologies such as forward collision warning, lane departure warning, blind-spot monitoring, and adaptive cruise control. These systems work together to help prevent accidents and reduce driver fatigue, making the i30 one of the safest hatchbacks on the market.


While safety specifications have not been confirmed yet, it would be unusual if the hybrid did not match the rest of the range. Therefore, it is expected to have forward collision warning with autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, rear cross-traffic alert, blind spot monitoring, and safe exit warning. Whether or not all of these features will be available on the entry-grade model is debatable, but it is highly likely that they will be standard on the mid- and high-grade variants.

Driving Experience of 2023 Hyundai i30

The Hyundai i30 2024 offers a refined and enjoyable driving experience that will leave you impressed. Thanks to its well-tuned suspension system, the i30 delivers a smooth and comfortable ride even on rough roads. The precise steering and responsive handling make it easy to navigate through city traffic or enjoy winding country roads.

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The cabin of the i30 is designed to minimize road noise, ensuring a quiet and serene environment for both the driver and passengers. Whether you’re commuting to work or embarking on a road trip, the i30 provides a composed and comfortable ride for all occupants. We’ll ignore the ride and handling aspect of the Elantra Hybrid, as the US suspension and steering tune is different from the Korean-sourced models we receive in Australia. Instead, we’ll focus our assessment on the powertrain as it’s the key differentiator.

In effect, the electric motor replaces the turbocharger on the 1.6-liter engine. While it does provide a power boost, it also changes the dynamics of the driving experience, focusing on efficiency rather than performance. The popularity of hybrids like those offered by Toyota is due to their simplicity of use. There’s no need to plug them in or select any different drive modes; you can simply jump in and drive like any other car.

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The Elantra Hybrid feels very similar to the Corolla Sedan Hybrid in that respect, with the hybrid system simply working away in the background to save fuel and provide a power boost when needed. You can follow what’s going on with the drivetrain via a graphic on the dashboard, with the car automatically deciding whether it needs to send power from the electric motor to the wheels when you press down on the accelerator or recover energy for the battery when you brake.

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The extra boost from the electric motor isn’t overwhelming, but it does provide a noticeable kick when you keep your right foot hard on the accelerator. The regenerative braking is very subtle too, much harder to notice than what you find in a full battery electric vehicle. The decision to opt for the six-speed dual-clutch transmission means the Elantra Hybrid does feel sporty at times, shifting quickly and with only an occasional clunk that’s a trait of this type of gearbox.

Pricing and Value of 2023 Hyundai i30

Hyundai Australia has confirmed that the i30 Sedan Hybrid will be available in Australia by early 2024, although specific details are still pending. The exact pricing and specifications will be announced closer to the on-sale date. However, based on the information we have regarding the US-spec Elantra Hybrid that we tested and the current South Korean-built models available in Australia, we can make some educated guesses.

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In the US, Hyundai offers the Hybrid in two versions: Blue and Limited. However, considering Hyundai Australia’s typical three-tier lineup for their hybrid models, we can expect an Active (or simply i30 Sedan Hybrid), Elite, and Premium options. As for pricing, Hyundai charges a $4000 premium for the Kona hybrids. It is reasonable to assume a similar price difference for the i30 Sedan Hybrid. Therefore, the entry-level model could start at around $30,000, the Elite version at $36,000, and the Premium option in the low-$40K range.

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If these estimates are accurate, the i30 Sedan Hybrid’s pricing would be competitive with the Corolla Sedan Hybrid range, which ranges from $31,680 to $39,620.

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Whether you’re commuting to work or taking a road trip with the family, the i30 is the perfect companion. It offers ample space for passengers and cargo, ensuring that everyone is comfortable and all your belongings are securely stowed. Hyundai has truly set a new standard in the hatchback segment with the i30 2024. So if you’re in the market for a new car, don’t miss out on the opportunity to experience the excellence of the Hyundai i30 2024.

The South Korean-specification models in these images show forged 19-inch alloy wheels, and N Light front sports bucket seats which are currently available on i30 Sedan Ns overseas, but not in Australia.

Hyundai N has previously confirmed the updated i30 Sedan N will adopt adaptive cruise control for the first time, plus a 360-degree camera, Blind-Spot View Monitor side cameras, and in South Korea, two additional airbags in the rear doors.

More details are due closer to the Australian arrival of the 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan N early next year.

All 2023 Hyundai i30 pricing and specs


2024 Hyundai i30 Specs Price
N Line 1.6L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $30,500
N Line 1.6L, Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $30,220
N Line Premium 1.6L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $35,300
N Line Premium 1.6L, Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $35,020
N Line 1.6L, 7 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $32,500
N Line 1.6L, Unleaded Petrol, 7 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $32,220
N Line Premium 1.6L, 7 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $37,300
N Line Premium 1.6L, Unleaded Petrol, 7 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $37,020
(base) 2.0L, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $26,000
(base) 2.0L, Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $25,720
(base) 2.0L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $24,000
(base) 2.0L, Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $23,720
Active 2.0L, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $27,500
Active 2.0L, Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $27,220
Elite 2.0L, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $30,800
Elite 2.0L, Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED AUTOMATIC $30,520
N 2.0L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $46,200
N 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $46,200
N Drive-N Limited Edition 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $53,480
N Premium 2.0L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $49,200
N Premium 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $49,200
N Premium With Sunroof 2.0L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $49,500
N Premium With Sunroof 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $50,980
N 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 8 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $49,200
N Drive-N Limited Edition 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 8 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $56,480
N Premium With Sunroof 2.0L, 8 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $54,700
N Premium With Sunroof 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 8 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $53,980


2024 Hyundai i30 Specs Price
N Line 1.6L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $31,690
N Line 1.6L, Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $32,000
N Line 1.6L, 7 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $33,690
N Line 1.6L, Unleaded Petrol, 7 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $34,000
N Line Premium 1.6L, 7 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $38,690
N Line Premium 1.6L, Unleaded Petrol, 7 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $39,000
Active 2.0L, 6 SPEED AUTO SEQUENTIAL $27,690
Active 2.0L, Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED AUTO SEQUENTIAL $28,000
Active 2.0L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $25,690
Active 2.0L, Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $26,000
Elite 2.0L, 6 SPEED AUTO SEQUENTIAL $31,690
Elite 2.0L, Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED AUTO SEQUENTIAL $32,000
N Limited Edition 2.0L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $50,200
N Limited Edition (sunroof) 2.0L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $51,700
N Premium 2.0L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $50,200
N Premium 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $50,200
N Premium With Sunroof 2.0L, 6 SPEED MANUAL $52,200
N Premium With Sunroof 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 6 SPEED MANUAL $52,510
N Limited Edition 2.0L, 8 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $54,200
N Limited Edition (sunroof) 2.0L, 8 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $54,700
N Premium 2.0L, 8 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $50,200
N Premium 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 8 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $50,200
N Premium With Sunroof 2.0L, 8 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $52,200
N Premium With Sunroof 2.0L, Premium Unleaded Petrol, 8 SPEED AUTO DUAL CLUTCH $52,510

Hyundai i30 FAQs

Is my 2018 Hyundai i30 a suitable handy man car?

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Aug 2023

The i30 should be fine for this sort of towing. You won’t be placing too much stress on the car’s mechanicals, and Hyundai rates the i30 to tow up to 1300kg. But there’s a catch.

And that is that you’re more likely to be limited by the trailer rather than the car itself. That’s because that 1300kg limit is on the proviso that the trailer is fitted with its own brakes. Without a braked trailer, Hyundai reduces the towing limit to 600kg. The average box trailer doesn’t have brakes, so that lower figure is most likely going to be your limit. Admittedly, that is still probably more than enough for what you have in mind.

2010 Hyundai i30 has stiff and noisy gears

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Aug 2023

Depending on what sort of noise the transmission is making, this sounds like a broken or worn out clutch. Without a properly functioning clutch, gears can be extremely difficult to select and can also cause horrible graunching, grinding noises when trying to select any gear, but particularly reverse.

If this is, indeed, the problem, you could be looking at thousands of dollars to remove the transmission, replace the clutch and reassemble the driveline. You might even find that the engine’s flywheel is also beyond saving and needs replacing, too.

On the other hand, the lazy clutch could be a simple case of a leaking or worn clutch slave or master cylinder or even a poorly adjusted clutch system which is allowing the clutch to disobey what the clutch pedal is telling it to do. If that’s the case, the fix could be quite simple and relatively cheap.

The point is that you need to know what the problem is before handing over the money, because the value of the same car with either problem will be vastly different. Perhaps finding a car with a properly working clutch and driveline is a better option.

How would only doing 5400km affect the average selling price of a 2013 Hyundai i30?

Answered by CarsGuide 17 Apr 2023

While it’s true that super-low mileage can make a difference to a car’s selling price, when it comes to mainstream cars like the i30, the difference may not be as much as you expect. Rare, old and collectible cars really benefit value-wise from low mileages, but a 10-year-old Hyundai really doesn’t fall into any of those categories. So while it will make the car worth more, don’t be surprised if it doesn’t make thousands of dollars’ worth of difference.

On the flip-side, many car buyers don’t like cars that have travelled very low annual distances. Cars don’t like sitting around, and a car with very low kilometres could have problems with dry seals and gaskets, flat-spotted tyres, and a build-up of condensation within the mechanical bits and pieces.

The engine in my 2013 Hyundai i30 Tourer needs replacing, what should I do?

Answered by CarsGuide 30 Jan 2023

I agree that 136,000km is not a realistic lifespan for a modern car. Especially one that has been as meticulously maintained as yours. Hyundai engines of this vintage are not without their known problems, but in my experience, Hyundai has been pretty good about replacing them when the failures have been the endemic kind.

Your first step should be to by-pass the dealership you’ve been dealing with and talk directly to Hyundai’s customer service department. The dealership, as you’ve correctly identified, will be more interested in selling you another car, while Hyundai head office is more likely to be interested in keeping you as a long term customer. Ultimately, the car will need to be inspected independently to figure out what went wrong and what caused it.

By the way, if the dealership is right and the ‘damage has already been done’ by the time the warning light illuminates, what’s the point of having a warning light in the first place? The dealership in question has just revealed itself to be ignorant at best with comments like that.

By the way, even though your car has a 2013 build date, the warranty would have started the day it was first registered. Even so, it’s well and truly out of warranty, but if the problem is one of the known faults of that engine, Hyundai may offer you a pro rata deal to assist in repairs.

Can I tow a small camper-trailer with my Hyundai i30?

Answered by CarsGuide 1 Nov 2022

Your numbers are correct, including the maximum tow-ball weight of 75kg. With that in mind, provided you don’t load the camper-trailer beyond the 1300kg mark, and you distribute that load properly to keep the two-ball weight under 75kg, you should be safe and legal to proceed.

Beyond keeping the mass within legal limits, the other hurdle you might face is the way the i30’s two-litre petrol engine produces its performance. There’s nothing wrong with the 120kW of peak power, but the engine’s peak torque is an unexceptional 203Nm and is produced at a high 4700rpm. That means you might find yourself working the engine pretty hard to maintain highway speeds.

The sister car to yours, the i30 with the 1.6-litre turbo-diesel might be a better choice for towing with less peak power but much more torque (300Nm, from as low as 1750rpm) making it a more relaxed performer and tower.

I had been hearing ‘cracking’ noises from the front driver’s corner on my 2013 Hyundai i30 for a few months

Answered by CarsGuide 22 Aug 2022

If I had to guess, I’d say the weight of the roof-rack and bicycles has stressed the metal of the roof to the point where it’s been flexing enough to crack the sunroof frame. By the way, from what I can gather, all sunroofs fitted to Australian i30s were done at dealership level using an aftermarket sunroof. These are not Hyundai sunroofs, even though they were fitted when the car was brand-new.

Disregard the quote for $18,000, because that’s nonsense. You could replace the whole sunroof (in fact, the whole car) for a fraction of that, and that would be the worst-case scenario. As for welding the cracked frame, it’s potentially possible, but may not be practical. The frame forms the surface the roof slides on, so any distortion from welding could make the whole unit unworkable. Take it to a sunroof specialist and get an expert opinion, as well as a real-world repair quote.

What would be your recommendation when buying a small new car for teenage children learning to drive?

Answered by CarsGuide 13 Jul 2022

The popular MG3 is the model you’re referring to and you’re right; it hasn’t been locally crash-tested. But it does lack some important safety gear. Enough, we reckon, to knock it off your short-list. The MG lacks, for instance, important driver aids such as autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane-keeping assistance, nor can these features be had by spending more on a fancier version.

Which leaves us with your other two choices, the Hyundai i30 and Kia Rio. Even then, you’ll need to option up beyond the base-model to get (some of) those safety features, but these are not expensive cars to begin with, so the jump might not be as bad as you think.

The other car to consider would be the SP Pure version of the Mazda 2. At $23,690, it’s not over-priced but it does have low-speed (up to 30km/h) autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and lane-departure warning as well as rear cross-traffic alert.

And a manual transmission? The MG 3 no longer offers one, both the Hyundai i30 and the Kia Rio are available with a six-speed manual option. The Mazda 2 Pure SP is automatic only, but you can get a six-speed manual on the base-model Mazda 2.

I agree that youngsters taught to drive a manual car tend to be better drivers, but that’s not a universally held view these days. And the fact is that most young drivers will never be presented with a clutch pedal in the future, raising the question of why learn in the first place? The reality is that learning to drive a manual car gives you extra mechanical awareness and extra ability to multi-task behind the wheel.

Does the Hyundai i30 2009 model have just one reverse light?

Answered by CarsGuide 5 Feb 2022

This sounds like an odd question, but it’s actually not. Not all cars over the years have been fitted with two reversing lights and having just one was legally acceptable. From memory some Excels (and the early Toyota Prius in some markets and plenty of European cars) were sold here with both a single reversing light and a high-intensity fog-light set into the rear bumper. Australian drivers being unfamiliar with rear fog-lights, often left them turned on all the time, dazzling anybody following.

As well as reducing the cost-per-car, having a fog light and a reversing light that were interchangeable made building cars in both left and right-hand-drive form a little simpler (and cheaper) as the same bumper moulding could be used with the lights simply swapped side-to-side.

In any case, by 2009, the Hyundai Excel had grown a second reversing light to bring it into line with other mainstream cars being sold here. Hyundai Australia managed to dig me up a wiring diagram for the FD model Excel (2007 to 2011) which clearly shows the wiring loom to support two reversing lights.

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.

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.

How much is the i30 2024?

The Hyundai i30 2024 prices range from $23,720 for the basic trim level Hatchback i30 base to $56,480 for the top of the range Hatchback i30 N Drive-N Limited Edition. The Hyundai i30 2024 comes in Hatchback and Sedan.

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