2007 Hyundai i30 SLX 1.6L turbo diesel


Would probably still have it, had I been the first owner


Headlamp bulbs blew several times in two years; needed to replace both sides each time, and very fiddly to replace.

Front tyres wore unevenly on the edges.

Hard interior plastics scuffed easily.

General Comments:

The car was over four years old when I sold it, and had been flawless mechanically.

It still felt very solid, and was very comfortable for long trips (had done regular 350km trips without breaks).

Classed as a small car, but very spacious inside.

The interior trim had a quality feel with lots of soft-touch plastics used around the cabin. I had the mid-range model (SLX), which also added silver bits around the place to liven it up a bit.

The only thing I thought was missing was cruise control; Hyundai added this a year later.

The diesel engine was peppy enough and extremely economical; I regularly recorded under 5L/100km trips (mostly highway driving).

Back seats folded down flat by displacing the bench cushions, giving wagon-like space in the rear.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2013

2009 Hyundai i30 SX 2.0 petrol


Built like it costs $50 grand. Only costs $22 grand new


One headlamp bulb.

Noisy tyres replaced with Michelins.

No actual faults to speak of.

General Comments:

I am really happy with my i30.

I love the shape, the finish, and the high standard of build quality. Hyundai have come a LONG way since the Accent of many years ago.

The ergonomics are perfect, the cabin is huge, and all the plastics and switchgear are beautifully made.

The ride is firm and very sporty. I love the way it handles, but I'm not too keen to go on an interstate drive yet, because it seems to have a very jolty ride on all roads.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th March, 2013

2011 Hyundai i30 Trophy 2.0 petrol


A good package for the money


Only small warranty items, like the carpet not being aligned properly to the centre console.

The auto chromed gear stick top cracked, being plastic chromed, but it was replaced without question.

The ESP (electronic stability control) light came on intermittently whilst driving under normal conditions, but was found to be a faulty brake light switch; again, replaced under warranty.

Wasn't too pleased with the selling dealer's servicing, as per cost and actual times (labour) charges didn't make sense, but that's not a vehicle fault.

Other than the above mentioned, the vehicle has run faultlessly.

General Comments:

The factory Bluetooth could do with a hands free voice dial system, as currently installed on some other popular makes, but it works well.

The Vivid blue colour is great to look at, and the factory alloys look the part in grey.

My wife is very happy with this vehicle, as it does the job well as a city commuter, and is economical.

Safety features are amazing for such a budget priced vehicle; six airbags, ESP, ABS, cruise control, alloys, fog lights, rear spoiler, leather bound steering, gear stick, centre armrest. Full electrics and a great stereo.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th May, 2012

2010 Hyundai i30 Trophy 2.0 petrol


Not what I expected


Due to the relatively short time we have owned the vehicle, we cannot actually fault the car's credibility, but for what we were led to believe, we have some misgivings.

The road noise is very noticeable, and the driver's seat has now lumbar support.

For the dealership to give such a short demo drive (3kms), one has no real feeling for the car's ride.

Hand brake set back is something to get used to, and the sluggish pick up is a bit of a concern.

I could go on about personal dissatisfaction with the vehicle, but it would be directed at the dealership, not the vehicle.

Would I buy another Hyundai; probably not. Pickup, noise and general misgivings from the dealership.

Would I recommend it as a first car; yes, it's a safe car around town.

Lastly, as car for older people; yes, it's nimble in supermarket car parks, but for me, nah, can't even trade it. A $25,000 car with 300km is only worth $13,000 back to the same dealer.

General Comments:

Road noise is noticeable.

Seats have no lower support.

Hand brake quite away back.

But turns on a dime.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 28th August, 2011

15th Feb 2013, 11:14

The handbrake may be able to be adjusted; check your hand book if it's a self adjuster.

The road noise could very well be the tires; you'd be amazed at the difference tyres can make.