The Ultimate Guide to the Hyundai i30: A Stylish and Reliable Hatchback

Welcome to our comprehensive guide to the Hyundai i30, a popular hatchback model that combines style, performance, and reliability. In this blog post, we will delve into the key features, design elements, performance capabilities, and safety technology of the Hyundai i30. Whether you’re considering purchasing a new car or simply interested in learning more about this impressive vehicle, this guide will provide you with all the information you need.

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This is the most popular Hyundai in Australia, and it’s easy to see why. The i30 is available as a small sedan or hatchback with a range of economical or sporty petrol engines, all of which offer great value against the Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla. The range-topping i30N is our favourite hot hatch.

1. Design and Exterior Features

The Hyundai i30 boasts a sleek and modern design that is sure to turn heads on the road. Its aerodynamic body shape, clean lines, and bold grille give it a sporty and sophisticated appearance. The stylish LED headlights and taillights not only enhance visibility but also add a touch of elegance to the overall look of the car. Additionally, the i30 offers a range of exterior color options, allowing you to choose a hue that best suits your personal taste.

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Hyundai i30 Colours

The i30 hatch is available in a variety of colors depending on the chosen specification level. Only the default Polar White is free on all grades, while other colors have an additional premium of $495. The range offers seven colors: white, black, grey, silver, blue, and red, with the N-Line grade having the exclusive bonus color of orange. The i30 N is available in two different shades of grey compared to the rest of the range, and also offers its own unique shade called ‘Performance Blue’.

  • Polar White
  •  Amazon Gray
  •  Intense Blue
  •  Fiery Red
  •  Fluid Metal
  •  Phantom Black


Hyundai i30 Active

Starting from $29,605 * D/A

  • Engine & transmission
  • SmartstreamG 2.0 Petrol 6-Speed Manual FWD
  • SmartstreamG 2.0 Petrol 6-Speed Automatic FWD

Key specifications of i30 plus:

  • 8” multimedia touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay™[P1] and Android™ Auto[P2] compatibility
  • 6 Speaker Audio System
  • 4.25” Supervision Cluster
  • Rear view camera
  • Parking Distance warning – Rear
  • Leather-appointed steering wheel & gear knob
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • 17” alloy wheels
  • Hyundai SmartSense™ as standard

Hyundai i30 Elite

Starting from $35,785 * D/A

  • Engine & transmission
  • SmartstreamG 2.0 Petrol 6-Speed Automatic FWD

Key specifications for Active plus:

  • 10.25” Supervision Cluster
  • 10.25” multimedia touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay™[P1] and Android™ Auto[P2] compatibility
  • Bose™ 8 speaker premium audio system
  • Smart Key with push-button start/stop
  • Satellite navigation with live traffic updates
  • Climate control – dual zone with auto defog function
  • Wireless charger
  • Rain sensing wipers


i30 N Line

Starting from $35,785 * D/A

  • Engine & transmission
  • SmartstreamG 1.6 T-GDi Petrol 7-Speed DCT FWD
  • SmartstreamG 1.6 T-GDi Petrol 6-Speed Manual FWD

Key specifications for Active plus:

  • 8” Touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay™[P1] and Android™ Auto[P2] compatibility
  • 4.2” Supervision Cluster
  • 6 Speaker Audio System
  • 18’ alloy wheels
  • Sports alloy pedals
  • N Line Exclusive Interior
  • N Line Exclusive sports gear knob & steering wheel
  • Leather-appointed seats
  • LED headlights & tail lights
  • N Line-exclusive rear diffuser with silver painted insert

i30 N Line Premium

Starting from $42,995 * D/A

  • Engine & transmission
  • SmartstreamG 1.6 T-GDi Petrol 7-Speed DCT FWD

Key specifications for N Line plus:

  • 10.25″ touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay™[P1] and Android™ Auto[P2] compatibility
  • Bose™ 8 speaker premium audio system
  • Glass sunroof
  • Satellite navigation with live traffic updates
  • Power driver’s seat
  • Parking Distance Warning – Front
  • Heated and ventilated front seats
  • Electro-chromatic Mirror – auto dimming
  • Integrated Memory System (IMS) – driver’s seat

Hyundai i30 Dimensions

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

The Hyundai i30 has 18 variants with 2 different body types: Sedan and Hatchback. Depending on variant, the height ranges from 1415mm to 1455mm, the width ranges from 1795mm to 1825mm and length is between 4340mm and 4675mm.

Body type Height Width Length
Sedan 1415 – 1430mm 1825mm 4650 – 4675mm
Hatchback 1445 – 1455mm 1795mm 4340 – 4345mm
Year Body Type Height x Width x Length Ground Clearance
2023 Sedan 1430x1825x4650 mm 140 mm
2023 Hatchback 1455x1795x4340 mm 140 mm
2022 Sedan 1430x1825x4650 mm 140 mm
2022 Hatchback 1455x1795x4340 mm 140 mm
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

2. Interior Comfort and Technology

Step inside the Hyundai i30, and you’ll find a spacious and comfortable cabin designed with both driver and passenger comfort in mind. The ergonomically designed seats provide excellent support during long journeys, while the high-quality materials and finishes create an upscale feel. The i30 also comes equipped with an impressive array of technology features, including a touchscreen infotainment system, Bluetooth connectivity, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto integration, as well as a rearview camera for easy parking.

The ambiance in the cabin of the i30 Sedan depends on which one you’re sitting in. The Elite models are lovely, with quality-feeling materials throughout (except for the hard plastics on the upper doors). They also feature a vaguely denim-feeling fabric that trims the inner door panels, along with big twin screens that give off a tech-savvy vibe.


On the other hand, the Active model lacks these niceties and feels noticeably cheaper inside. This feeling is exacerbated by the fact that the smaller 8.0-inch touchscreen is housed in the same surround as the larger 10.25-inch screen, resulting in an abundance of flat black plastic suddenly confronting you.



3. Performance and Efficiency

Under the hood, the Hyundai i30 offers a range of engine options to suit different driving preferences. Whether you prefer a fuel-efficient option for city driving or a more powerful engine for exhilarating highway trips, there is an i30 model that meets your needs. The advanced engine technology ensures a smooth and responsive ride, while also delivering excellent fuel efficiency and low emissions.

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 /— for the latest year the model was manufactured.

Year Body Type Fuel Consumption* Engine Fuel Type Transmission
2023 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L 6 SP MAN
2023 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2023 Hatchback 8.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2023 Sedan 7L/100km 2.0L 6 SP MAN
2023 Sedan 7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2023 Sedan 8.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
2022 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L 6 SP MAN
2022 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2022 Hatchback 8.5L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2022 Sedan 7L/100km 2.0L 6 SP MAN
2022 Sedan 7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2022 Sedan 8.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Hatchback 7.3L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Hatchback 8L/100km 2.0L PULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Hatchback 8.5L/100km 2.0L 6 SP MAN
2021 Sedan 7L/100km 2.0L ULP 6 SP MAN
2021 Sedan 8.2L/100km 2.0L PULP 8 SP AUTO
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

4. Safety Features

Safety is a top priority for Hyundai, and the i30 is packed with innovative safety features to protect you and your passengers on the road. The vehicle incorporates advanced driver-assistance systems, including lane-keep assist, forward-collision warning, automatic emergency braking, and blind-spot monitoring. These features work together to help prevent accidents and provide peace of mind while driving.

5. Advanced Infotainment and Connectivity

The Hyundai i30 offers a cutting-edge infotainment system that keeps you connected and entertained throughout your journey. The touchscreen display provides easy access to navigation, music streaming, and smartphone integration features. With Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, you can seamlessly connect your phone to the car’s system and access your favorite apps, make calls, or send messages without taking your hands off the wheel.

6. Versatility and Cargo Space

One of the standout features of the Hyundai i30 is its impressive cargo space. Whether you’re heading out for a weekend getaway or simply need extra room for everyday errands, the i30’s spacious trunk provides ample space to accommodate your luggage or groceries. The rear seats can also be folded down to create even more storage space, making it ideal for transporting larger items or sporting equipment.

7. Hyundai Warranty and After-Sales Service

When purchasing a Hyundai i30, you can rest assured knowing that you are backed by a comprehensive warranty package. Hyundai offers an industry-leading warranty that covers the vehicle for a certain period or mileage, providing peace of mind and protection against unexpected repairs. Additionally, Hyundai has an extensive network of authorized service centers, ensuring that you receive the best after-sales service and maintenance for your i30.

Warranty and Servicing FAQs


Why did you introduce the 5 Year Warranty?
The 5 Year Warranty is a measure of our confidence in the quality and reliability of all our vehicles. It’s there to ensure that once you’ve chosen a Hyundai, you can rely on a first class ownership experience.
Since 2002, it’s become a symbol of pride and a sign of the attention to detail and quality through the design and manufacturing process behind every Hyundai vehicle.
Why do you offer this when your cars are so reliable?
The 5 Year Warranty gives added peace of mind, and shows we believe our vehicles will deliver a high standard of reliability over the course of that time span. It’s a measure of the value we place on maintaining positive long term relationships with our Customers.
Is the warranty manufacturer backed for the whole 5 years?
Yes, the warranty is supported by the manufacturer throughout the 5 year period. A Customer claiming in year 5 will go through the same process that he or she would in year 1.
Is it really unlimited mileage? Are there any restrictions?
The mileage is truly unlimited, for private, company and Driving School vehicles; the only exclusion are to service or wear and tear items.
In the case of taxis, light commercial vehicles, rental cars and couriers, the 5 Year Warranty has a very generous 100,000 miles limit.
Are perishable items included?
The warranty offers comprehensive cover for manufacturing defects, excluding service or wear and tear items.
Fair wear and tear is defined as deterioration occurring through usage or driving style where no evidence of a manufacturing defect is found or where the normal useful life of such components has expired.
Something has failed on my vehicle. Is it covered under warranty?
Please contact your local Hyundai Authorised Repairer, who will inspect your vehicle and confirm whether the fault found is a manufacturing defect and covered by the vehicle warranty.
Are there any models to which the 5 Year Warranty does not apply?
All current vehicles supplied by Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, originally purchased by an end Customer from the authorised Hyundai network in Europe and registered on or after August 1, 2002 are covered, including special editions.
Is the warranty transferable between owners?
Yes, our 5 Year Warranty is fully transferable between owners as long as it is under 5 years old at the time of the sale and was originally purchased by an end Customer from the authorised Hyundai network in Europe. The balance of the warranty goes to the new owner, subject to servicing having been carried out at the recommended intervals.
If you transfer ownership of the vehicle or change your personal details please contact Hyundai on 0800 981 981.
I have just purchased an imported Hyundai. How do I register the vehicle in the UK for warranty purposes?
If your vehicle was purchased from the authorised Hyundai network in Europe, please take the vehicle’s Certificate of Conformity and V5 documents to your local Hyundai Dealer. They will be able to register your vehicle’s warranty with Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, and let you know when the process has been completed. Imported vehicles only have the remainder of the warranty supplied with the vehicle.
Will I have to get my car serviced at a Hyundai Dealer?
No, servicing can be carried out by a non-Hyundai Dealership, however the warranty conditions are that you have your car serviced and repaired to the required schedules and standards set by Hyundai Motor UK Ltd, and parts of an equivalent quality must be used. If a fault occurs as a result of servicing at a non-Hyundai Authorised Repairer, this may invalidate the warranty of the failed part or consequential damage caused.
We recommend that servicing and repair work is carried out by our Hyundai trained technicians within out Authorised Hyundai Dealer network who will have the correct knowledge and equipment to complete the required servicing.
Any warranty related work must be carried out by a Hyundai Authorised Repairer.
How much will a maintenance service cost?
Our Dealers are independent businesses and therefore specify their own labour charges. Please contact your local Dealer, who will be happy to advise you.
I have missed one of my services. What happens now?
We allow 600 miles or one month either side of the expected service date. If the service is not carried out within this time, and if the fault that has occurred is diagnosed as being caused by the incorrect servicing or missed services, then your vehicle’s warranty may be affected.
Can I order parts for my car through Hyundai Motor UK Ltd
No, all parts orders must be via the Hyundai Authorised Dealer Network.
I haven’t received any information about my Hyundai Roadside Assistance Programme
Your Hyundai Roadside Assistance cover is activated at the time of vehicle registration, so you won’t receive a membership card. However, if you do wish to confirm your cover please call: 0800 980 2733.
You can find an overview of your Hyundai Roadside Assistance cover in your Service Record Book, usually found in the glove box of your vehicle. Please note that HyundaiRoadside Assistance covers the car rather than the owner.
My car has broken down, what should I do?
If your vehicle breaks down please call: 0800 980 2733.
For customers who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech impaired, SMS text messaging is available on: 0790 044 4999.

8. Pricing and Trim Options

The Hyundai i30 offers a range of trim options to cater to different budgets and preferences. From the more basic models that provide excellent value for money to the higher-end trims that come with additional features and technology, there is an i30 model to suit every driver’s needs. Hyundai also offers competitive pricing, making the i30 an attractive option in its class.

Hyundai I30 FAQs

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

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?

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.

9. Customer Reviews and Testimonials

To give you a well-rounded perspective, let’s look at what some Hyundai i30 owners have to say about their experience. Many customers praise the i30 for its reliability, fuel efficiency, and stylish design. They also appreciate the comfortable interior, advanced safety features, and user-friendly technology. Positive reviews from satisfied owners highlight the overall satisfaction with the Hyundai i30 and reinforce its reputation as a reliable and enjoyable hatchback.

In conclusion, the Hyundai i30 is a stylish and reliable hatchback that offers an impressive combination of design, performance, safety, and technology. With its sleek exterior, comfortable interior, advanced safety features, and competitive pricing, the i30 is a compelling choice for those in the market for a versatile and practical vehicle. Whether you’re commuting to work or embarking on a road trip, the Hyundai i30 is sure to exceed your expectations and provide an enjoyable driving experience.
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