Almost four-and-a-half years ago, I bought a Hyundai i30 Premium for about $32K. My main purpose was to get a car with good fuel economy, and practical aspects like interior space, material quality and reliability.
I have covered over 76,000km mostly in and around Sydney. I found this is a perfect city car, with more than enough space for four adults in comfort and luggage for a weekend getaway. There is decent leg room and head space to keep you relaxed for longer journeys, with ample cabin storage to hold several 1.5L water bottles and cupholders to fulfill your daily caffeine hit.
The engine has enough grunt to cruise at 110km/h without any issues on highways. It only feels slightly underpowered while going through uphill climbs. You will hear some road noise, especially on bad patches, however most of the time on highways it behaves very well, with some minor wind noise.
My car is fitted with a panoramic sunroof, which is a very good option, as it makes the car feel very spacious. Overall visibility from the driver's side is also very good. The side mirrors and the rear-view mirror provide you with good visibility around the car.
Both the exterior and interior styling are very similar to standard European cars, which leaves a good impression of the car. Material quality around the cabin is very good for the seats and dashboard, however the steering seems to be missing those high-quality standards. Within three years, leather from the steering wheel started showing more than the usual wear and tear. When I mentioned it to the Hyundai dealer at the time of servicing, he told me that type of damage is not covered under warranty.
It has decent fuel economy and does around 7L/100km upon highway driving and around 10L/100km in city driving conditions.
There have been a few issues with the sunroof switch and the front wheel bearing, but Hyundai covered that with its five-year/unlimited-kilometre warranty and replaced the faulty parts without any cost.
It also has a decent sound system. Even though you are missing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, it's very easy to connect your phone with Bluetooth and you can even play music from your phone/iPod by using the USB cable. Unfortunately, there is only one USB port, which might not be enough in today’s tech-savvy world where most of us are always glued to the phones.
There are three 12V charging sockets, though – two in the front and one in the back below the rear AC vent. This rear AC vent is very useful to cool down the car, especially on hot summer days.
Overall, it is a very well put together car that provides comfort and style without putting a hole in your pocket. Recently, Hyundai has also introduced lifetime capped-price servicing for vehicles bought after 2018, which adds to the fact that this car is affordable and sustainable for everyday city use.
I would strongly recommend it, especially if you are looking for a full-size city hatchback with good practicality. The i30 is one of the best available on the Australian market at the moment.