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Hyundai i30 5-door hatch with 1.8 litre petrol engine - Manufacturer's List Price*

i30 5-door hatch (1.8 litre petrol) manual transmission automatic transmission
Active $20,990* $23,190*
Elite $24,590* $26,790*
Premium - $30,190*

Hyundai i30 5-door hatch with 1.6 litre diesel engine - Manufacturer's List Price*

i30 5-door hatch (1.6 litre diesel) manual transmission automatic transmission
Active $23,590* $25,790*
Elite $27,190* $29,390*
Premium - $32,790*

Hyundai i30 hatch road test

by Ken Walker

25th October, 2013

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Hyundai's i30 range is a top seller for Korea's largest automotive company. The popular small car recorded some 2,675 sales last month across Australia, which assisted Hyundai into third place of the highly successful local new vehicle market. Only Toyota and Holden delivered more vehicles than Hyundai last month.

The i30 is offered in 3 or 5 door hatch and station wagon variants. A sporty 2-litre SR 5 door hatch has recently been added to the line-up.

Test Car particulars

We drove a vehicle from each of the mainstream model lines, being Active (the entry level), Elite (mid-spec) and the range topping Premium hatches. Specifically, our drive cars were:
1. Active manual diesel - the red car (Brilliant Red) in the accompanying images, which was tested for 479 kms.
2. Elite manual petrol - the dark blue car (Dazzling Blue Mica), covering 453 kms.
3. Premium auto diesel - the light blue car (Stone Blue Mica) which was driven 467 kms.

Each car was experienced for a week of city and urban roads plus some highway 'work'.

We didn't drive the new tourer, the 1.6 litre SE 3-door hatch or the new 2 litre SR 5-door hatch during this test period.


The base price* for the i30 Active manual is from $23,590*. Auto transmission adds $2,200* to the price while choosing a diesel engine adds $2,600*. Metallic/Mica paint is optional.

Model background

The Hyundai i30 range fits into the small car bracket and last year's introduction of the second generation succeeded the model that was released back in 2007.

Driving the Hyundai i30 hatch

The team thoroughly enjoyed the time behind the wheel of our drive packages, be they diesel or petrol powered and whether they had manual or automatic transmissions.

The units may have varied in trim but the ride and handling the i30 remained the very same, faultless. The suspension and braking systems were identical while there were differences in the tyres and wheel rim sizes, more on that later in the review. The Premium variant is available as an auto only package with either petrol or diesel engines.

Living with the Hyundai i30 hatchback

There is an i30 for many budgets. Storage space is sufficient and entry/egress is hassle free with wide opening doors and a large boot.

All variants have Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port for the iPhone/iPod/iPad, which is instantly recognised by the audio unit which also has AM/FM radio and a CD player. (copyright image) (copyright image) (copyright image) (copyright image)


All mainstream i30 hatchback models have a choice of a 1.6 litre CRDi diesel engine that develops 94kW @ 4,000rpm and 260 Nm @ 1,900-2,750 rpm or a 1.8 litre petrol engine that develops 107kW @ 6,500rpm and 175 Nm @ 4,700rpm. Both engines drive through the front wheels via a 6 speed manual gearbox or 6 speed automatic transmission.


All the i30 variants have automatic door locking effective when the vehicle reaches 15 km/h or thereabouts. A 5 star ANCAP crash rating is applicable to all Hyundai i30 models.

Reversing camera is standard on Elite and Premium versions as are folding external rear view mirrors.

Vehicle Stability Management with Electronic Stability Control (ESC) & Traction Control System (TCS) features on each hatchback variant.

Fuel and emissions

1.8 petrol engines

On the combined cycle, fuel consumption of the manual version is rated at 6.5 litres per 100 kms.

City cycle consumption is rated at 9.3 l/100 km. Highway cycle comes in at 5.3 l/100 km.

Although 95 is the preferred fuel, the i30 operates quite suitably on E10 petrol.

Petrol-fuelled hatches with the 1.8 litre engine are emissions rated at 160/170 grammes/kilometre (manual/automatic).

1.6 Diesel engines

On the combined cycle fuel consumption of the manual version is rated at 4.5 litres per 100 kms.

City cycle consumption is rated at 5.9 l/100 km. Highway cycle comes in at 3.7 l/100 kms.

The automatic versions with your preferred engine choice use a little bit of extra fuel.

The fuel tank capacity is 50 litres for the 5 door hatch models.

CO2 emissions from the Euro5 Diesel compliant engine are 119 grammes/kilometre (manual transmission) and 147g/k for the auto version.


Elite and Premium versions have 5 alloy wheels, while the Active has steel rims with wheel covers. All have a full size spare the same as the supplied road wheels.


Although our drive story is based on the 5 door hatchback (which we call the mainstream i30 models), there are 2 other body styles in the i30 range - a 3-door hatch and a 5-door tourer (station wagon).

Dimensions  (5 door Hatch)

Length: 4,300 mm
Width: 1,780 mm (including mirrors)
Height: 1,470 mm
Wheelbase: 2,650 mm
Weight: 1,225 - 1,344 kg (petrol) 1,285 - 1,413 kg (diesel)
Boot capacity: 378 litres with rear seat up (1,316 litres (rear seats folded).

After Sales

The warranty and roadside assistance package operate, with conditions, on a 5 year unlimited kilometre basis for non-business use vehicles. Hyundai call their after sales regime "iCare" and it covers numerous areas of care. One feature is "capped price servicing" which is available for three years from 'new'. Some features of iCare are only available if the car is serviced by a Hyundai dealer, which is fair enough.


Although it comes at an extra cost I have a preference for the diesel power plant, with auto transmission, but all hatch models are very satisfying and enjoyable vehicles with a superb warranty. This style of vehicle with its varying packages should be placed on or near the top of your shopping list and a visit to your local Hyundai Dealer will be of immense satisfaction.

NOTE: * Manufacturer's List Price (MLP) excludes dealer delivery fees and the numerous statutory charges (commonly known as on-road costs). Additionally, please note that all prices, fees and charges are subject to change without notice, as are the specifications.


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