Buying used: Hyundai i30

Buying used: Hyundai i30
Buying used: Hyundai i30

Good value when new, the i30 is even more attractive as a used car

The 2012 launch of the second-generation i30 signalled the arrival of a new type of Hyundai: a genuine alternative to firmly established family favourites like the Focus, Astra and Golf.

Keen drivers might prefer the handling characteristics of some of these rivals but the i30 offers good comfort and grip and a lively range of engines including 1.4-litre and 1.6 turbo petrols and two 1.6-litre diesels.

It also offers practicality, low running costs, good standard equipment levels and some neat styling touches both inside and out.

That second-gen car comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty, still one of the longest manufacturer-backed schemes available. Given that this model ran until 2016, a late model could easily come with four years of cover remaining. To benefit, you need to ensure that servicing has been done according to Hyundai guidelines.

A 2015 facelift refreshed the i30’s looks. Prices for these facelifted cars start at about £7500, but early 1.4-litre petrol examples with substantial mileages can be picked up for just £4500. Adding an extra £1000 to your budget will expand your search to include low-mileage cars with a full service history.

Low-mileage diesels are relatively thin on the ground thanks to their impressive fuel economy and cheaper car tax. You may need at least £6000 for a good one. The rapid 1.6 turbo petrol is even more sought after, ramping its prices up to £12,000.

In terms of standard equipment, all i30 models are generously equipped. Even entry-level Classic cars have Bluetooth connectivity and hill-start assist, but stepping up one notch to Active spec adds air-con, 15-inch alloys, cruise control and rear parking sensors. Style or Style Nav versions are also available.

Reliability is a strong point on i30s, with no major problems reported. Diesels should be checked for smooth running, and automatic versions should be judder-free.

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