2018 Hyundai i30 Review | Asian Car Guide
September 21, 2020

2018 Hyundai i30 Review

2018 hyundai i30

The first-generation Hyundai i30 may not have made much on an impact when it was launched in Australia 2009.

Not many knew of its existence then, much less remember the car today, but it stood out for me.

I remember being impressed by the Volkswagen Golf-rival – here was a Hyundai that did not annoy in any way, and while it did not provide much in the form of driving excitement, there was a sense of integrity and quality that stood out in this Korean car.

Bear in mind that this was back in 2009, when most were still amazed at their power to surprise.

No one is shocked anymore these days, so perhaps that tagline should be retired.

2018 hyundai i30 interiorThe third-generation Hyundai i30 was conceived to win over the Europeans, to convince the Continent that cars from South Korea are worthy of their Euros.

It is a “European Hyundai”, a completely different car from the Elantra and Sonata of the same class.

Much has changed in the years separating the original i30 and its successors, however after driving the third-generation i30 we were surprised to find that little has changed in the big picture.

The old Hyundai i30 came to life before the days of Fluidic Sculpture and Peter Schreyer.

It was from a time when the Koreans focused on quality and reliability, the next logical step after penetrating the market via low prices and long warranties – legendary 5-year/unlimited km and lifetime service plan.

The original may have been decent to drive but was perhaps dowdy to look at.

The interior of this new i30 is unmistakably an expression of a continually evolving and improving Hyundai.

The slim, horizontal cabin layout accentuates spaciousness, and high quality materials reinforce its aspirations to premium character.

A very impressively evolving exterior is perhaps highlighted by Hyundai’s new signature ‘Cascading’ front grill treatment, which now has a much classier European sort of a look.

This completes a shapelier and sleeker design of its lines, pillars, tail, lights and wheels, etc.

Standard equipment starts with the very versatile 8.0-inch tablet-style display multimedia system, high on the dashboard comfortably in driver’s line-of-sight and easily within reach of both driver and front passenger, then there are 7 airbags, auto dusk sensing headlights, LED day running lights, rear park assist and camera, tyre pressure monitoring, Apple and Android compatibility, Sat-Nav and digital radio (this is new, providing clearer sound reception), and an impressively good deal more.

There are three engines on offer, 2 Litre petrol or higher performance 1.6 Litre turbo petrol, then 1.6 Litre diesel.

These are accompanied by six speed manual or auto, or seven speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).

The specification levels range from:

Active base model (with combinations of all engines and transmissions),

Then 1.6 Litre diesel comfort models – Elite and Premium (DCT)

1.6 Litre turbo petrol sport models – SR (DCT or manual) and SR Premium (DCT only).

There is an increasing level of standard features included in the various models  going from Active to top level SR Premium, which itself includes panoramic sunroof with solar glass control, LED headlights, heated and ventilated front seats and power driver’s seat.

Hyundai i30 is a comfortable car for a long distance drive.

The seats are supportive and there is a big range of adjustment for the steering wheel (both tilt and telescopic). Good space at the back for a car in this class, also good small-item storage, including a lidded console box and a handy shelf at the bottom of the centre fascia.

To round the space and practicality section off, the new i30 has cargo volume of 395-litres.

Overall, the new Hyundai i30 gives value for money and is a well-equipped car. It marks another step forward in Hyundai motoring.

2018 hyundai i30 side rear stylingHyundai i30 Pricing and Specifications:

Price: $20,950-$33,950 (plus on-road costs)


  • 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol
  • 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-petrol
  • 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo-diesel

Output: 120kW/203Nm, 150kW/265Nm, 100kW/280Nm


  • Six-speed manual/six-speed automatic
  • Six-speed manual, seven-speed dual clutch automatic
  • Six-speed manual/seven-speed dual clutch automatic

Fuel: 7.3-7.4L/100km, 7.5L/100km, 4.5-4.7L/100km (ADR Combined)

CO2: 124-176g/km (ADR Combined)

Safety Rating: Five-star ANCAP