2009 Hyundai i30 SX 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


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

2009 Hyundai i30 1.6 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


A good purchase


Nothing so far, and hopefully nothing major ever.

General Comments:

The car is comfortable, powerful for the engine size and economy is great. The first tank of fuel gave me just off 1000km, with a combination of city and country driving.

I tow a boat, with an all up weight of 800kg and the i30 goes well. I will admit economy is around 600km, with a head wind, but still better than the RAV4.

Overall, the finish of the car is very good, and for the money I believe you get a fair amount of car. if the economy stays at around 1000km per tank, then I will be very happy. The power when overtaking is great, the turbo spools up very fast and away you go. Hills, the i30 eats hills.

If you don't like Hyundai's, I would say, at least go for a drive and go up some hills, you will be surprised. On dirt the car is also predictable and feels safe.

Good job Hyundai, there are not many four cylinder cars that can tow a boat and give great economy at the same time.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 17th January, 2010

26th May 2010, 22:38

Well, I have now had the car six months, and the i30 is going well. Kilometers covered to date are just over 18,000km.

OK, the bad stuff first, but only minor things.

Firstly, when living in a hot climate like south Australia, the oil should be able to handle the likely temperature during the hottest of months. The car started overheating when towing the boat with 46 degrees. Did not go into red zone, but rose a fair bit. After looking at the hand book, the oil that is standard for i30 has a max range of 40 degrees, so this type of oil is not good for many aussie conditions. Hyundai does recommend another oil that will handle 50 degrees, so before summer this is what I will ask for.

A few squeaks, near the front passenger grab handle, small annoyance. Other than that, all good so far.

However I am still impressed by the power, it is great and economy is still around the 900km per tank. I could get better, but I put the foot down due to the turbo, and enjoy the surge.

Anyway, if you're thinking about the i30, I would still recommend on giving the car a look and a drive.

2009 Hyundai i30 SX 1.6 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


Fun, economical and good looking!


Unusual engine vibration in third gear at 2000 to 2700 RPM. Usually on uphills.

General Comments:

Very comfortable and supportive front seats.

Good leg room front and rear for a car of its size.

Excellent head room. I'm over 6ft and I still have space above my head.

Road noise inside the cabin is very low.

Stereo system is fantastic! Pumps hard! Although seems to have a LOT of bass even with EQ settings set to flat. Sounds like there is a subwoofer somewhere!

Engine has lots of torque and pulls very hard. Handles a full load of people and luggage like a 6 cylinder sedan.

Fuel economy is amazing. I regularly get 600km from a 50L tank. The car will easily cover more kilometres if you only do highway driving.

The handling of this car is excellent. Suspension is firm but not uncomfortable. Goes around corners quickly. In combination with ESP stability control, it's almost impossible to stuff up!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 9th January, 2010

2009 Hyundai i30 SR 2.0L petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Pure Awesome!!! What more can I say!


Absolutely nothing in 12 months. Touch wood.

General Comments:

This car is Awesome.

I still get excited when it's time to drive somewhere.

It's very comfortable on short and long trips.

It's surprisingly quick and handles very well.

I've got the Top of the Range SR model with all the sporty luxurious features, which make the i30 great value.

Performance from a red light is great, but a bit iffy if wanting to overtake at say 90km/ph, but acceptable for me.

Air con works so well that after the car has been in 40 degree heat, it takes about 2 minutes till it's cool.

Sound system is fantastic; I connect the iPod up and control it straight from the head unit. It even charges the iPod.

Hyundai have come along way, and I am looking forward to seeing their 2010 model line up. They're only a baby compared to other car makers, but they're definitely up there with the quality and safety. Well done!

If you want a great car that is not overpriced like others, do yourself a favour and grab an i30.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st November, 2009

2009 Hyundai i30 SLX Wagon 1.6 turbo diesel from Australia and New Zealand


This is a good value mid sized wagon


Trip computer is hard to access and appears to be inaccurate.

Nothing else - great car.

General Comments:

Available as an auto only in the SLX, and only a 4 speed when some of its rivals are offering 5 or 6 speed autos.

Bought this as a replacement for our much beloved Peugeot 307 touring wagon, and haven't been disappointed.

Well thought out layout inside with plenty of room.

Lots of torque from the little diesel motor, pleasant to drive.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th June, 2009