I have owned my manual 2015 Hyundai i30 hatch petrol for about two years and ten months (as I write this review), having purchased this car because I needed to upgrade from my 1999 Toyota Corolla (due to higher servicing costs as the vehicle aged). I am very happy with my Hyundai so far. I use my car as an everyday car for my everyday needs, such as driving to work, shops, gym, visiting family and friends, etc.
I had been comparing the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda3 a few months before I eventually bought the Hyundai i30. The reason why I bought the i30 over the other two cars is because of its more practical, roomy cabin, great value for money, has a full size spare wheel (the Mazda3 only has a space saver), and better cost of ownership.
What I really like about the car is the spacious cabin. Even though I drive by myself most of the time, it feels like I have plenty of space in the car. When I have adult passengers, they are happy and comfortable - I’ve never received a complaint about the lack of space.
I am also happy with the practicality as well. It does have a spacious boot, especially with a full-size spare wheel instead of a space saver. I once had a flat tyre, so it was nice that after I changed the wheel, I could drive the car like normal instead of being restricted to 80km/h as I would have with the space saver.
Another positive thing about the i30 is the fuel economy. I have managed to to achieve less than 7 litres per 100 kilometres using 91 RON unleaded petrol. Keep in mind that the i30 I’m reviewing is the the 6-speed manual version. The reason why I chose the manual was because I could achieve a better fuel economy by having full control over shifting gears at the right rev range. I have heard that the automatic version drinks more fuel than the manual version. This car does come with a shift indicator to help maximize my fuel economy and help me save myself money on petrol.
I am happy with the servicing intervals (every 12 months or 15,000kms) and low servicing cost of my car. I have had no mechanical issues with my car yet.
One of the biggest downsides of my car is the modest performance. I do not expect the i30 to be a sports car, but a bit more power would’ve been better. While cruising on the motorway at 110km/h the engine sits on 2500 rpm in 6th gear, but as I drive up a fairly steep hill, I have to shift down a gear or two to keep my car at speed - even with the cruise control on.
A couple of other minor downsides is that there is no satellite navigation and no CD player, but this is fine by me. The stereo sound system is all good to me. It does have Bluetooth for my phone, a USB for my iPod, an aux input, a reversing camera with sensors, electric folding side mirrors, and leather seats and a glove box. Also neat is a vent that works by the air conditioner which serves to keep my drink cool.