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Hyundai i30 hatchback - MPG, running costs & CO2

The Hyundai i30 is competitively cheap to run

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Running costs are a crucial concern for most car buyers, and family hatchbacks must be economical and cheap to maintain if they’re to have mass appeal. It’s no surprise, therefore, that the latest Hyundai i30 is now only available with a choice of smaller petrol engines that offer good economy; similarly, Hyundai’s fixed-price servicing deals are well priced, while the standard warranty is excellent.

Hyundai i30 MPG & CO2

Even the least efficient engine offered with i30 – the turbocharged 1.5-litre petrol – manages 44.8mpg, while the turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol officially returns up to 54.3mpg. Both now come with mild-hybrid technology, essentially an advanced stop-start system that saves some fuel by using stored electrical energy.

When it was available, the diesel engine was the most economical on offer, but because it cost nearly £1,800 more to buy when new, it was only really suited to very high-mileage drivers. The 134bhp model gets 58.9mpg, whether you choose the manual or automatic gearbox.

After the first year's CO2-based road tax (generally included in the on-the-road price), all Hyundai i30s are subject to the standard annual tax rate. Company-car drivers will find 1.0-litre petrol i30 models to be the cheapest in terms of Benefit-in-kind (BiK) tax.

Every petrol powered i30 equipped with mild-hybrid electrical assistance will cost the discounted VED rate (road tax) from the second year onwards.

Insurance group

The 1.0-litre i30 starts in group 10 out of 50, so it should be affordable to insure. The diesel sits in groups 10 to 12, while the 1.5-litre petrol is in groups 14 and 15.

Servicing

Fixed-price Hyundai Sense service packages mean budgeting for maintenance will be easy. Three years’ worth of services for a petrol model is likely to come in at £550, with diesel i30s being roughly £150 more expensive.

Warranty

The i30 benefits from Hyundai’s excellent five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty, which is fully transferable to secondhand buyers. This is one of the most generous in the industry, with only Kia’s seven-year warranty lasting for longer.

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