Car trim reviews

Hyundai i30 Classic

The entry-level Hyundai i30 Classic is very comfortable and offers incredible value for money, despite not having alloy wheels.

The Hyundai i30 Classic is the entry-level trim i30 in the range, although it still has plenty of equipment and is available with the most efficient engine, the 1.6 CRDi diesel. Taking on rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf S and Ford Focus Edge, the Hyundai i30 is no longer a budget option, but instead offers quality, space and comfort at an affordable price. Standard spec includes Bluetooth phone connection, LED daytime running lights and air conditioning. Also, when fitted with the 1.6 CRDi diesel engine, it is capable of returning up to 76mpg and produces emissions of less than 100g/km - so is very cheap to run. Buyers have the choice of three engines in total, including one further 1.4-litre CRDi diesel and one 1.4-litre petrol. The Hyundai i30 Classic is cleverly styled to resemble the bigger Hyundai i40, and although running on 15-inch steel wheels, remains an attractive looking hatchback with a comfortable ride. We were so impressed by the i30 that we named it CarBuyer’s 2012 Car of the Year.

Good points

As is the case with many of our award winners, the Hyundai i30 manages to be both desirable and sensible, and boasts lots of positives. The first thing you notice is the build quality, which is approaching Volkswagen Golf standards. Equipment is also generous for an entry-level model, with Bluetooth, air conditioning, front fog lights and a multi-function steering wheel all fitted as standard. Space is impressive too thanks to a class-leading 378-litre boot and spacious split-folding back seats. Although similar in price to entry-level rivals, the Hyundai i30 Classic is cheaper to run, is much better equipped and comes with a five-year warranty – making it an attractive car to own.

Bad points

The Hyundai i30 has an image problem, something that the new model is keen to shrug off. As a result, residual values are predicted to fall slightly lower than its European rivals, which could hurt come re-sale time. Other downsides include slightly poor rear visibility and an optional automatic gearbox that affects fuel economy terribly. Also, if we had to nit-pick, the i30 isn’t as enjoyable to drive as the Ford Focus or Honda Civic, which may deter some buyers.

What you get

  • Folding rear seats
  • Alarm
  • Passenger & Driver airbag
  • Front side airbags
  • Curtain airbags
  • Front fog lights
  • Manual air conditioning
  • Height adjustable driver's seat
  • Front electric windows
  • Single CD player
  • AUX stereo input
  • Bluetooth

Recommended optional extras

  • Metallic paint

Our choice

For buyers who regularly travel long distances we'd reccommend the 1.6 CRDi diesel for its very low running costs, alternatively the 1.4 petrol is very cheap to buy in Classic trim.

Recommended

Hyundai i30 hatchback review
2021 Hyundai i30 driving
Hyundai i30
14 Apr 2021

Hyundai i30 hatchback review

Most Popular

Best new car deals 2021
Fiat 500 electric
Deals
24 Sep 2021

Best new car deals 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year
2022 Citroen Ami
Citroen Ami
21 Sep 2021

Electric Citroen Ami to launch in the UK next year

Top 10 best small estates 2021
Skoda Octavia Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
22 Sep 2021

Top 10 best small estates 2021

Tips & advice

View All
Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide
Car dashboard symbols and meanings
Tips and advice
10 Aug 2021

Car dashboard warning lights: the complete guide

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide
Electric car charging station
Tips and advice
3 Jun 2021

Electric car charging stations: a complete guide

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?
PCP vs HP
Tips and advice
15 Jun 2021

PCP vs HP – which type of car finance is right for you?

Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Average speed cameras: how do they work?
Tips and advice
23 Jul 2021

Average speed cameras: how do they work?

Best cars

View All
Top 10 best car interiors 2021
Peugeot 208 hatchback
Best cars
25 Jun 2021

Top 10 best car interiors 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021
Volkswagen ID.3
Best cars
12 Aug 2021

Top 10 best electric cars 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021
Toyota Prius front 3/4 cornering
Best cars
10 Jun 2021

Top 10 best cheap-to-run cars 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks
Mercedes AMG A45 - rear
Hot hatches
25 Jun 2021

The UK's top 10 fastest hot hatchbacks