How Does The New Hyundai i30 Stack Up In The Compact Segment?

There’s plenty of choice in the compact hatchback segment, from the Volkswagen Golf to the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, and from the Ford Focus to the Renault Megane.

But while these may be some of the most popular cars in their class, there are also others, such as the Hyundai i30, which is in its third generation.

Presented in Paris last year, the South Korean hatch is better than its predecessor. It features a modern exterior design , adequate rear legroom and headroom, enough storage spaces, and above average boot capacity, CarWow notes in their review.

Hitting the road reveals a soft suspension that’s great to have on your daily commute, but not that good in corners. Gear shifting is alright, but the clutch can take time to get used to, and so does the braking pedal, which can be somewhat tricky to operate.

So is the new Hyundai i30 on the same level with the rest of the competition in the compact segment? Find out the verdict in the video posted below.


  • Six_Tymes

    Another great review. they sure did copy the design, that’s why it looks good, they cant come up with original. he gives it a “consider”, it looks good but doesn’t seem to be the car to buy.


    not so recommended

  • Christian Wimmer

    Great-looking car. I must say Hyundai and Kia’s design language as of late is incredibly appealing.

    • notthistimecobber

      That’s because it looks like a Golf

  • sam

    Thats an ok review if i were choosing which rental car to pick but when choosing a car to buy I like to know more about ownership experience like reliability and service/insurance costs. The 5 year warranty was mentioned but really, for the mass market, thats a huge selling point over most Japanese and German rivals.

  • Galaxium

    Pretty interesting. The previous i30 was Carbuyer’s car of the year back when Mat Watson still worked there.

  • SteersUright

    In other words, its decent, finally almost caught up to the pack, and still no reason to consider just yet since it isn’t quite as good as a Golf, unless they discount the heck out of it and its much, much cheaper. And I think we all know how it will go…

  • Braddo

    Still looks like a Peugeot 308. The interior i think is a mess. And that bloody i- screen… i so wish automakers would stop doing that – looks ridiculous.