The i30 has almost single-handedly enhanced Hyundai's reputation in Australia since the first-generation model arrived in 2007. Here was a small car that retained the good-value appeal the brand was renowned for while adding (mostly) excellent driving manners through local engineering input. The hatchback was joined by the Hyundai i30CW wagon in 2009, which used its bigger dimensions to offer more space all round though it was dropped three years later. In 2018, the third-generation range was topped by an i30 N hot-hatch offering impressive performance and dynamics for under $40,000.
Ever-improving quality over the generations
Thrilling and sharply priced i30 N hot-hatch
Good level of ride and handling.
Pricing/equipment ratio makes for strong value
Ride can be too firm for some tastes
The older the model, the lower the interior quality
Rear seat not as roomy as in some rival cars
Practical wagon variant discontinued in 2012
This is general information and should not be relied on as purchasing advice.