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Hyundai i30 N hatchback - Reliability & safety

Genuinely impressive safety kit means the Hyundai i30 N looks out for you as it thrills

Carbuyer Rating

4.2 out of 5

Reliability & safety Rating

4.5 out of 5

As most people will be aware, car safety systems have developed at breakneck speed over the last few years, and the Hyundai i30 N is fitted with the majority of the latest protective technologies.

Dealers tell us, however, that few customers specify extra safety packs when they’re offered as options, preferring larger alloy wheels and upgraded infotainment systems instead. It’s all the more useful, therefore, that the i30 N gets lots of safety technology as standard.

Hyundai i30 N reliability

The Hyundai i30 didn't appear in our 2020 Driver Power owner satisfaction survey, but Hyundai as a brand came 13th out of 30 manufacturers. Owners praise their cars’ infotainment systems and logical controls. Running costs and safety also impressed buyers, and while handling wasn't as highly regarded, this clearly isn't a problem for the i30 N.


Like many of the latest cars on the market, the i30 N gets autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard. This potentially life-saving system scans the road ahead of the car for obstacles, automatically applying the brakes if it detects something you haven’t. The safety experts at Thatcham estimate AEB could save as many as 1,110 lives in the UK over the next 10 years, while other studies say it’s responsible for a 38% reduction in rear-end collisions.

Then there’s the driver fatigue warning system, which scans your face for signs of tiredness, audibly alerting you if it detects you’re looking too tired, or are about to nod off.

Lane-keeping assistance, meanwhile, will warn you and the take corrective steering action if it detects you’re straying from your lane without indicating, while traffic-sign detection scans for road signs, displaying the speed limit on the central display. You even get auto-dipping headlights, which dip and revert back to full beam by themselves to avoid dazzling oncoming drivers.

All these safety systems are standard with the Hyundai i30 N, which should be eligible for the same five-star Euro NCAP result achieved by the standard i30. Impressive stuff.

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