- i30 GD (2012-2016)
Has its good and bad points
I wanted to purchase a small hatchback and had a budget of about $15k. I test drove a 2014 Hyundai i30, Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla (and ruled out other options for various reasons). The Mazda 3 would have been my pick of the bunch, but I couldn't live with the huge amount of tyre noise in the cabin. Rear seat legroom is also very cramped. The Corolla would have been my second choice, but my experience driving one of these long distance (as a rental car) is the driver's seat provides no lumbar support and my back will ache after about two hours ...behind the wheel. That left the i30. I bought a 2014 model, with 34,000km on the clock, in a private sale. After nine months of ownership, what follows is my list of pros and cons. Pros: (1) The locally tuned suspension provides superb handling. (2) The car feels well planted on the road. (3) The engine has good power for a 1.8, albeit high up in the rev range. (4) The six-speed auto is very smooth and always chooses the right gear. It also downshifts automatically as you slow down. (5) Build quality is excellent, i.e. no squeaks or rattles; the dashboard and door trim are made from soft touch materials; the doors feel heavy and close with a solid thunk. (6) The seats are supremely comfortable and provide excellent back support on long journeys. (7) Excellent all-round visibility from the driver's seat.
Purchased in January 2020 for $15,000.00.
Great car, heaps of features, but horrible programming/tech
I have had an i30 SR Premium for 7 months now. It is a well built car, love the leather seats, sunroof and has decent power. At the same time, I think it looks a bit girly compared to other hot hatches, but I really dislike the tech/programming in the car.
Here are the problems:
- I normally drive with recirculate on the vents so I don't have to breath the exhaust of the car in front of me. The fresh air intake is very low, obviously at the level of the exhaust of the car in front. The problem with this car is whenever you put on defrost on or ...
Purchased in March 2020 for $27,000.00.
Good features, failed DCT engagement
The car was fun to drive until 40,000 KMs. I love adaptive cruise control and lane assist. The interior is great and Android Auto and Apple car play is good too.
However, I bought this car because of its 150 kw power and DCT transmission. Unfortunately the car has lost its edge and doesn't drive as it used to be. Took it to dealership and was told that all 4 alloy wheels are bent. They performed the relearn of adaptive values and the car still hasitates during low speed around round about and turns.
Purchased in September 2018 for $30,000.00.
Reliable with a few faults.
Brought the i 30 CW in 2012. No problems so far. It is a diesel so has adequate torque to move the car. Good build quality and finish. No major repairs apart from servicing and replacement of brake pads and an engine mounting. However the drivers seat is not the best design and haven't been able to find the ideal position to suit me. Interior gets very hot even in slightly warm weather as the tinting is not the best. Otherwise no complaints. Reliable and robust.
Purchased in January 2012.
The design is nice but it's not a robust car
I liked the design and features, however the car is very tinny any minor impact results in a big damage. I find the quality of steel is not the same as in German or even most Japanese cars.
Purchased in September 2014.
Peeling steering wheel
My car is used on a daily basis for private use and I am the only driver.
I haven't even done 50,000kms in my car and I am having this problem with my peeling steering wheel.
My car is serviced regularly by the same mechanic.
Purchased in March 2014 for $22,999.00.
Compact space efficient hatch
Good build quality and spacious cabin. The luggage area accommodates two full suit cases and back seat accommodation is spacious for this class of car. The cabin style is uninspiring, and the ergonomics from a driver perspective is not ideal. This seems to be a car you sit in rather than cosseting you in the way a Golf does. The seats are firm although reasonably supportive but I wouldn’t call it comfortable. The massive infotainment screen seems crudely designed and whilst it does have Apple CarPlay, without SatNav, the ugly screen is in ...an irritating intrusion into the dashboard view. The car has average economy, and seems below that of European hatches in this class, rarely getting below 7.5km/100 litres. The base petrol engine in auto form is lively, coping with Australian speed limits. but don’t expect performance motoring. Handling is second rate. This is a car that has to be navigated cautiously through corners at the recommended speed limit otherwise expect nasty handling surprises such as a tipsy feeling and ploughing into corners or sudden body lurches. Under heavy braking from speed the I30 has trouble maintaining a straight line. However, if you’re just after a no nonsense practical city car, then this car fulfils that remit well. It’s curious that Hyundai can produce a performance version of this car when the base car is so wanting dynamically.
Very ordinary car
Bought the car for Mrs. who liked the fixed price servicing. Turns out we got duded with that, told it was 5-years, no mention of 40,000k so gave Hyundai the flick as far as servicing went. It's got 135,000k's and has made the weird wind up noise on start since day one. Nothing to see here according to Hyundai. Engine knocks when cold, gets better when hot. As a country car the brakes are excellent, pads and rotors still like new. Carpets, seats etc very poor quality, carpet shows wear even though its had mats since day 1. Radio works lik...e Windoze, when it feels like it. Steering is vague to say the least, bloody awful electric system. Engine lost the new car pep very quickly, a bit sluggish now but can still hold highway speeds OK. Economy about 6L per 100 highway. Front end developed thump at 1500k but hasn't worsened. All springs have sagged a LOT. Going to drive it into the ground, resale is zilch with the low cost of the new models. Would NEVER buy another Hyundai and have had success convincing family and friends to look at other makes. I call it the mobile blind spot, but I guess all hatches are the same.
i30 is Ok..well sort of
Our i30 is three years old with around 170000ks on her now so she gets used a lot..The front seats used to be comfortable but now are just about unbearable Im looking at fitting a couple of after market seats or retro fitting higher level i30 seats from a wrecker,the stereo has just died and I was informed the stereo only has 3 years warranty......No five year warranty there. must be in the fine print...The clutch developed a vibration which was bad....New clutch fitted..3000 plus dollars...not covered by warranty either apparently clutches are...treated like brake pads....though I've never had a clutch go bad so quick after all shes not a truck and doing hard work and the kilometers are all highway no stop start driving...and I'm to old to be a hoon.....The five year warranty is pie in the sky in my opinion same as the unlimited kilometers...after 120000 ks Hyundai treat their vehicles as high mileage machines...
Reliability is generally good. Ride quality and Infotainment system horrible
This would have been one of the first GD SERIES sold in Australia. After 73,000 kms the i30 Elite has been very reliable. Feels reasonably solid and only just replaced the battery after 6 years. Still on same brakes and tyres, so very low maintenance and goes easy on itself for long life. Wheel alignment has held perfect so far and only rotate the tyres at each service. The interior is very well made and looks like high quality materials have been used throughout.
Okay now to the things I hate. The ride quality is probably the worst I have ev...er driven. Too brittle over every road surface and jars on anything but the smoothest of roads. You really cringe when you know what you see ahead is going to bang on the suspension going on underneath. This would be the reason for me selling this car... its horrible. Its not even though this ride gives any benefit to handling either because it doesnt. The tyres are not even low profile. One can only image what the premium model ride handling would be like. Tyre noise. Loud is the word when out in the country. Although this seems to be the case for most hatches with a Golf being the exception. Infotainment system. It was fine till around the 5th year then lost touch accuracy. Took it back and they replaced with a new unit and put latest maps onboard. Wierd start up noises. After reading so many forums tried to many times to get addressed at dealer but always no fault found. If car is parked overnight you get a strange wind up sound after starting. If car is restarted after only 5-10mins the timing chain rattle is prominent until oil spreads through the engine.
i30 Petrol wagin is a very good make but I wish it had bit more juice under the bonnet. The engine of 1.6L is just a touch low in the grunt. I wish, it was 2.0L. Otherwise, it has great electronics and good fuel consumption at about 8.5L/100km in urban!
I wonder how Hyundai will compete with next version of Corolla!
Good.... but not great
I bought the i30SR after being surprisingly disappointed with the Mazda 3 SP25.
The level of kit in thei30 is pretty much on a par with the SP25 GT. And the i30 made me smile compared to the SP25 lack of raising even a slight grin.
I’ve had the car since Easter ( 2018 build) and whilst overall I’m happy with it, there are a few niggles.
Since picking up the car I’ve done mostly city driving and 1 longer trip to the blue mountains.
The niggles are:
Purchased in March 2018 at Hyundai Dealers for $28,500.00.
Was very happy with my 2015 I30 ACTIVE X ,so purchased the the latest model i30 active (active x no longer available ) At first was impressed with the new added features ,but i neglected to notice that Hyundai has actually sacrificed some of the quality from the older model ,maybe to subsidise the new bells and whistles .Probably anyone that hasn't had older model i30 would be completely happy but if you are interested in the new model ,if you can compare the older models first .Too many features to list but one glaring downgrade is the rever...sing camera .Was told by two different dealers that it is a different camera used this time. The clarity compared to previous one is terrible ,especially at night .Compared my camera in my car to other models in the yards of 2 dealers and they are all the same.Was told by both dealers Hyundai have in fact sacrificed some quality from older models for the new models .Queried this with head office in Sydney ,very different story from the customer support person who said go back to service dept. ,but the response from dealership was to confirm what i suspected and that i will eventually get used to it ,sorry can't help you.
Good Car except for Warranty Issues.
Generally a good car, haven't had too much troubles with the car aside for issues with the radio and audio system. I've had it repaired once already, and is continuing to have the same issue. It appears to be a known issue and am now just waiting for another refurbished radio.
i30 average car..
The i30 is basically an average vehicle to get you from A to B. Boot storage is good (hatch option can fit a reasonable size pram), but if you want to fit bikes etc - it won't be very suitable.
Fuel consumption is best for city driving. On highways it guzzles the petrol.
I have had a few things break and need replacing under warranty, the main one being the power window mechanism snapped and needed replacing. It was a bit difficult to get Hyundai to sort it out promptly.
Capped price servicing is a bonus but again, some minor issues with Hyundai.
All in all, an average, solid performing car.
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|Drive Type||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)||Front Wheel Drive (FWD)|
|Wheels||16" Alloy||17" Alloy||16" Steel||17" Alloy|
|ANCAP Safety Rating||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars||5 Stars|
|Fuel Consumption||7.4 L/100km||7.4 L/100km||7.4 L/100km||7.4 L/100km|
|Fuel Tank Capacity||50 L||50 L||50 L||50 L|
|Engine||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 1.6L||4 Cylinder 2.0L||4 Cylinder 2.0L|
|Max Power||120kW @ 6200rpm||120kW @ 6200rpm||120kW @ 6200rpm||120kW @ 6200rpm|
|Max Torque||203Nm @ 4700rpm||203Nm @ 4700rpm||203Nm @ 4700rpm||203Nm @ 4700rpm|
|Country of Manufacture||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea||South Korea|
|Manufacturer Warranty||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)||5 year(s)|
|Release date||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2017||Jan 2017|
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