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Which Hyundai i30 should I buy?

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How do you know whether the Hyundai i30 is a good family car, or if the Hyundai i30N is P-plate legal? Maybe you’d like to know if the Hyundai i30 has a spare wheel, or which variants have satellite navigation.

To help you on your purchase journey with this popular small car, we’ve answered some common questions about the 2022 Hyundai i30 in Australia, including the price of different variants and options, which ones have digital radio and leather seats, and more.

If you’d like to know what the Hyundai i30 is like to drive, our Hyundai i30 review is a great place to start.



Which Hyundai i30 is the best value?

The Hyundai i30 range has 15 models so choosing the right one for you can be daunting. Generally speaking, you will have a budget, and be keen to spend right up to that limit, but are you getting the best value for money?

We’ve tested a number of Hyundai i30 variants, and pored over their performance and specification extensively. In our opinion, the Hyundai i30 Elite is the value sweet spot in the range. The i30 Elite costs around $30,000 and brings the following additions to the Active variant below it: push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, satellite navigation, 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, seven-speaker premium sound system, digital radio, wireless smartphone charging pad and dual-zone climate control.

The Hyundai i30 Elite has additional safety features, including blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, safe exit warning, and a rear-view monitor with parking guidelines.



What are the different models of the Hyundai i30?

The Hyundai i30 is offered for sale in two body styles (sedan and hatch) across 15 different variants. The cheapest Hyundai i30 is the base model with a manual transmission priced from $23,720 plus on-road costs, or $25,990 drive-away. The most expensive is the high-performance Hyundai i30 N Premium with Sunroof for $52,000 plus on-road costs or $54,200 drive-away.

The cheapest Hyundai i30 with an automatic transmission is the Hyundai i30 base model. The cheapest Hyundai i30 with a turbocharged engine is the i30 N Line which also has a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. The cheapest i30 with satellite navigation is the i30 Elite. The cheapest i30 with electric seats is the N-Line Premium.

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2022 Hyundai i30 hatch

Hyundai i30 hatch pricing:

  • Hyundai i30 – $23,720
  • Hyundai i30 Active – $27,220
  • Hyundai i30 Elite – $30,520
  • Hyundai i30 N Line – $29,720
  • Hyundai i30 N Line Premium – $34,520
  • Hyundai i30 N manual – $45,000
  • Hyundai i30 N DCT – $48,000
  • Hyundai i30 N Premium manual – $48,000
  • Hyundai i30 N Premium manual with Sunroof – $49,500
  • Hyundai i30 N Premium DCT with Sunroof – $52,500

2021 Hyundai i30 Sedan N Line manual review
2022 Hyundai i30 sedan

Hyundai i30 sedan pricing

  • Hyundai i30 Active – $25,690
  • Hyundai i30 Elite – $31,690
  • Hyundai i30 N Line – $31,190
  • Hyundai i30 N Line Premium – $38,190
  • Hyundai i30 N Premium manual – $49,000
  • Hyundai i30 N Premium DCT – $49,000
  • Hyundai i30 N Premium manual with Sunroof – $51,000
  • Hyundai i30 N Premium DCT with Sunroof – $51,000

All prices exclude on-road costs



Is the 2022 Hyundai i30 a safe car?

The Hyundai i30 was crash tested by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) in 2017 and awarded five stars for safety. ANCAP gave the i30 14 out of 16 points for its performance in the Frontal Offset crash, 16 out of 16 for Side Impact, 2 out of 2 for pole and 3 out of 3 for seatbelt reminders. ANCAP said pedestrian protection was acceptable, whiplash protection was good, bestowing an overall score of 35.01 out of a possible 37.

At the time the Hyundai i30 did not offer Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) across the range, but that has since been added, along with Lane Following Assist, Lane Keeping Assist and Smart Cruise Control with stop/go function. More expensive Hyundai i30 models like the Elite also have blind-spot collision assist, parking collision avoidance assist and rear cross-traffic collision avoidance.

Is the 2022 Hyundai i30 a fuel efficient car?

The Hyundai i30 is a relatively efficient small car.



The i30 sedan manual with a 2.0-litre petrol engine has a claimed fuel efficiency of 9.4L/100km around town and 5.7L/100km in the country for a combined rating of 7.0L/100km. The sedan manual with the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine has a claimed fuel efficiency of 10.3L/100km around town and 5.9L/100km in the country for a combined rating of 7.5L/100km.

The i30 sedan automatic with the 2.0-litre petrol engine has a claimed fuel efficiency of 10L/100km around town and 5.3L/100km in the country for a combined rating of 7.0L/100km. The sedan automatic with the 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine has a claimed fuel efficiency of 8.9L/100km around town and 5.5L/100km in the country for a combined rating of 6.8L/100km.

The i30 hatchback manual with a 2.0-litre petrol engine has a claimed fuel efficiency rating of 9.7L/100km around town and 5.9L/100km in the country for a combined rating of 7.3L/100km. The i30 hatchback auto with the 2.0-litre engine’s figures are 10.1L/100km and 5.9L/100km respectively for a combined rating of 7.4L/100km



The i30 hatchback manual with a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine has a claimed fuel efficiency rating of 10.3L/100km around town and 6.0L/100km in the country for a combined rating of 7.5L/100km. The turbocharged i30 hatchback auto’s figures are 9.4L/100km and 5.9L/100km respectively for a combined rating of 7.1L/100km.

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What fuel does the 2022 Hyundai i30 take?

Versions of the Hyundai i30 with the 2.0-litre petrol engine and 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol engine require 91 RON regular unleaded petrol. Versions with the turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine (i30 N) require 95 RON premium unleaded petrol.

Which Hyundai i30 has a sunroof?

The Hyundai i30 N Line Premium comes with a sunroof, as does the Hyundai i30 N Premium with Sunroof.

Does the Hyundai i30 have a spare wheel?

The Hyundai i30 base model, Active and Elite all come with full-size spare wheels. The Hyundai i30 N Line and N Line Premium come with space saver spare tyres. Hyundai i30 N performance models come with space-saver spare wheels.

What does the i30 in Hyundai i30 stand for?

The i and 30 in Hyundai i30 actually do have meanings, and it’s not just a sneaky nod to the Apple-driven ‘i’ technology generation – iPhone, iPad, iTunes, etc. The ‘i’ also stands for Inspire. The number ’30’ serves to place the i30 in Hyundai’s model hierarchy with includes the smaller i20 hatchback and has previously included the larger i40 sedan and iX35 SUV.

What is the difference between Hyundai i30 Active and Elite?

The Hyundai i30 Active and Elite are two of the five variants that make up the mainstream i30 hatchback range. The Elite is more expensive but has extra equipment, including push-button start, rain-sensing wipers, satellite navigation, 10.25-inch infotainment touchscreen, seven-speaker premium sound system, digital radio, wireless smartphone charging pad and dual-zone climate control.



The Hyundai i30 Elite has additional safety features, including blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic collision warning, safe exit warning, and a rear-view monitor with parking guidelines.

Does the Hyundai i30 have heated seats?

The only models in the Hyundai i30 range that have heated front seats are the i30 N Line Premium and the i30 N Premium performance flagships.

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Is the Hyundai i30 a good family car?

The Hyundai i30 is a very popular family car in Europe, and it also makes a good family car for Australians. It is easy to drive around town and is relatively economical. Inside, it has room in the back seat for two adults, or three smaller kids, and the boot is a respectable 395L in size for the i30 hatch, or 474L in the i30 sedan.

The fact that the Hyundai i30 has a decent level of safety equipment and carries a five-star safety rating further enhances its family car credentials.

One area in which the i30 may be caught short is that it’s not an SUV. While this is not a slight on the i30 as such, Australians are extremely enamoured with the SUV genre right now, and because the i30 is a traditional hatchback and sedan, it doesn’t appear on first glance to be the family car many Australians expect.

Does the Hyundai i30 have sat nav?

Yes, on most variants of the range, but not all. The Hyundai i30 Elite and N Line Premium models both come with satellite navigation fitted, as do the high-performance i30 N variants. The rest of the Hyundai i30 range (i30 base and i30 Active) do not have satellite navigation, and cannot be optioned with it.



In the Northern Territory, ACT, Tasmania and Western Australia there are no power or performance limitations for P-plate drivers.

In NSW, QLD, SA and Victoria, the Hyundai i30 N is not P-plate approved because it has more than 130kW per tonne (it has 142kW/tonne).

Do you have any more questions about the 2022 Hyundai i30?

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Glenn Butler is one of Australia’s best-known motoring journalists having spent the last 25 years reporting on cars on radio, TV, web and print. He’s a former editor of Wheels, Australia’s most respected car magazine, and was deputy editor of Drive.com.au before that. Glenn’s also worked at an executive level for two of Australia’s most prominent car companies, so he understands how much care and consideration goes into designing and developing new cars. As a journalist, he’s driven everything from Ferraris to Fiats on all continents except Antarctica (which he one day hopes to achieve) and loves discovering each car’s unique personality and strengths. Glenn knows a car’s price isn’t indicative of its competence, and even the cheapest car can enhance your life and expand your horizons. 

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