2010 Hyundai i30 cw 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


Good, not great


Badly slipping auto transmission.

General Comments:

This car was purchased with the intention of having a reasonably compact vehicle to lug work equipment around the city and do family duty on the weekend. In hindsight, I think the diesel may have been a better option.

The 2.0 engine produces adequate power on paper, but in practice it feels quite sluggish, especially when laden or on hills. The transmission started to slip after about 40000km. Supposedly fixed under warranty, but kept happening. Slipped badly on brisk take offs and made for scary overtaking kick downs. The car seemed to stop/turn OK, but was far from sporting (no surprise there). Not as nice to drive as Focus/3/Corolla of the same era, but certainly more spacious and good equipment for the price.

Load space is great, but front seats weren't the best on long trips, although I'm fairly tall and found the head/leg room quite acceptable. Not sure the interior trim would stand up to kids long term. USB port didn't provide enough power to recharge my iPhone while it played.

Fuel economy was good - generally about 8.0L/100km mixed driving and down to 6.2 on the highway. Servicing costs are very reasonable.

Overall a decent, practical car, but not as reliable as I hoped.

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

Review Date: 5th July, 2015

2010 Hyundai i30 Trophy 2.0 petrol from Australia and New Zealand


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.