Used Hyundai i30 buying guide
The Hyundai i30 is a staple on Aussie city streets, loved for its stylish design, compact size, and practicality. It’s more popular as a hatch, but the wagon and sedan models still deliver on the same quality and smooth driving experience. There are many used Hyundai i30 cars available with a choice of petrol or diesel engines, providing great fuel efficiency and performance on each model. For a small car, it offers comfortable interiors with tons of tech and practical features like a dual level boot floor and wireless phone charging. The Hyundai i30 understands the daily needs of many city drivers, offering a solid package of performance, comfort, and reliability.
At a glance
Fun to drive
Great fuel efficiency
Small car practicalities
What are the different models of Hyundai i30?
There are six common variants on the used Hyundai i30 market today. It starts with a petrol or diesel entry-level model, branching off to petrol or diesel-only variants, then finally to the performance-oriented N-Line. Here’s a quick overview:
Hyundai i30 Active
The i30 Active hatch gives you the choice of either a 2.0L petrol engine (6-speed manual / auto) or 1.6L diesel engine (6-speed manual / 7-speed dual clutch), matched with 16-inch alloy wheels. Some key equipment include Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, bluetooth connectivity, cloth seats, auto dusk sensing headlamps, anti-lock braking system, electronic brakeforce distribution, hill-start assist, traction control, rear parking sensors, rear view camera, and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Ticking a lot of boxes of many city commuters and first car buyers, the level of equipment on the i30 Active model is one of the best within its segment.
Hyundai i30 Elite
The i30 Elite is 7-speed dual clutch and 1.6L turbo diesel only, with 17-inch alloy wheels. It adds autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, driver attention alert, forward collision alert, lane keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, wireless smartphone charging, dual zone climate control, dual level boot floor, keyless entry and start, leather appointed seats, premium steering wheel and gear knob, and an optional panoramic sunroof. The Hyundai i30 Elite features a few more driver safety assistance tech, and adds touches of refinement and convenience for drivers especially.
Hyundai i30 Premium
On top of everything from the Hyundai i30 Elite, the i30 Premium comes with front parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, electric adjustable driver’s seat, panoramic glass sunroof, solar control glass, and LED headlights. The i30 Premium is the top-spec diesel model, so this one would be your choice if you’re after a refined and fuel efficient i30.
Hyundai i30 SR
Moving on to the i30 SR petrol model, you’ll get a 1.6L turbo petrol engine, 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch transmission, and 18-inch alloy wheels. Equipment is similar to the i30 Elite, with blind spot detection and rear cross traffic alert being an available option if you pick the manual version of the i30 SR. Other added features include leather appointed seats with red stitching, paddle shifters (DCT only), and LED rear combination lights. The paddle shifters and turbo petrol engine give the i30 SR ‘hot hatch’ status, elevating your everyday commute.
Hyundai i30 SR Premium
The i30 SR Premium is dual clutch only, keeping the same 1.6L turbo petrol engine. Similar to the diesel Premium in features, it adds front parking sensors, heated and ventilated front seats, electric adjustable driver’s seat, a luggage net, panoramic glass sunroof, and auto up / down on all windows.
Hyundai i30 N
The i30 N model is designed with performance in mind, offering a 2.0L turbo petrol engine with 6-speed manual transmission. You’ll get most of the essentials we’ve already mentioned, plus performance-oriented features like performance brakes, electro-mechanical limited slip differential, launch control, rev matching, N model exclusive body styling, 19-inch alloy wheels, electronically controlled suspension, and active variable exhaust system. The i30 N is the ultimate ‘hot hatch’, and you can also opt for the luxury pack that adds even more comfort and convenience.
What safety features do used Hyundai i30 cars have?
Hyundai has a strong reputation for dependability and quality when it comes to crafting cars that drive safely on the roads. All Hyundai i30 cars since 2009 have been rated 5-stars by ANCAP safety. You’ll find Hyundai’s SmartSense safety technologies across many of the used Hyundai i30 cars on the market today, which includes intuitive tech like driver attention alert, forward collision warning, lane keeping assist, and autonomous emergency braking.
Why choose a used Hyundai i30 over a new one?
For a city-friendly car that’s highly practical, a used Hyundai i30 is a fantastic affordable choice. It’s built to last and value-packed with plenty of features. Across the huge range, there’s a used Hyundai i30 for everyone, from first cars to performance packages. Across the used Hyundai i30 range, there’s a variety of spec and trim levels, installed extras and more to choose from. With that in mind, you’re likely to find a used Hyundai i30 that works for you.
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