Used Hyundai i30 Estate (2008 - 2012) Review

Review by David Ross on
Last Updated: 27 Feb 2015
3.5
The Hyundai i30 is an excellent all-rounder and a good alternative to more mainstream European and Japanese models. The Hyundai i30 Estate builds on this with a good sized boot, but there's more to it than just load-lugging.

Hyundai i30 Estate (08-12)
  • Roomy boot
  • Long warranty
  • Good diesel engine
  • Well equipped
  • Lacklustre image
  • Similar Kia Ceed SW is cheaper and more spacious

New price range:

£13,575 - £18,955

Used price range:

£828 - £3,857

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Summary

Parkers Rating:

3.5 out of 5

The Hyundai i30 is an excellent all-rounder and a good alternative to more mainstream European and Japanese models. The Hyundai i30 Estate builds on this with a good sized boot, but there's more to it than just load-lugging. A longer wheelbase means rear passengers get extra space. It's also excellent value, particularly when you consider it comes with a five-year warranty from new. It isn't especially exciting to drive, but it feels safe and reassuring plus it comes with a well-built cabin. The i30 estate makes less sense when compared with the similar Kia cee’d SW though - both are built on the same platform and share components, but the Kia has far more boot space, comes with a longer warranty and is cheaper too.

Engines

The engines are solid and unlikely to fail in the early years of ownership but the choice is pretty limited with a 1.6-litre 124bhp petrol and a 1.6-litre 115bhp diesel on offer. If fuel economy is a priority then you’ll go for the diesel that returns a claimed average of 52.3mpg but you’ll pay around £1,000 extra for it.

Trim choices

Unlike many car manufacturers that like to blind you with science with myriad trims, Hyundai has gone down a very simple route. Initially, the i30 Estate was offered in three choices: Comfort, Style and Premium but in December 2009 Hyundai axed the mid-trim to leave just Comfort and Premium and although you can specify the Comfort with a four-speed automatic transmission you can only get the Premium with five or six-speed manuals. No auto is pictured here. Still, that’s probably a blessing since the auto compromises efficiency, cutting about 4mpg off the official combined fuel consumption figures on the Comfort model.

Reasons to be cheerful

Of course, there’s that long warranty but if you do buy an i30 Estate in the standard Comfort trim you’ll get plenty of kit including alloy wheels, air-con, electric mirrors and windows and MP3 connectivity. For an entry level model that’s pretty impressive, particularly when you consider the bargain purchase price. Is this enough to take on the European rivals? Read the full Hyundai i30 Estate review to find out.

Parkers Ratings

Overall

3.5 out of 5

Performance

3.5 out of 5

Handling

3.5 out of 5

Comfort

3.5 out of 5

Practicality

4.5 out of 5

Behind the wheel

4 out of 5

Safety

4 out of 5

Reliability

4.5 out of 5

Running costs

4 out of 5

Green credentials

4 out of 5

Buying used

4 out of 5

Selling

3 out of 5

Equipment

4.5 out of 5

What owners say...

 In the main it does the job I need it to do. It's not meant to be a status symbol.  

3 out of 5

Mel Howard ,   08 Sep 2012    ... read more

 Excellent boot space and space folded down. Excellent amount of space for back seat passengers.  

5 out of 5

John Morgan ,   10 Feb 2012    ... read more

 Excellent passenger space in both the front and rear. Good sized boot with easy access.  

4 out of 5

Ray Brown ,   20 Jun 2011    ... read more

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