The Auto Trader expert verdict: ★★★★★ ★★★★★ 4.1

Reliable, well equipped, practical and good to drive, the Hyundai i30 estate is a very sensible buy.

Reasons to buy

  • Comfortable and relaxing to drive
  • Good diesel engines
  • Plenty of passenger room
Best on a budget
i30 1.4 Comfort
Best if your mileage is low and you plan to sell in two years
i30 1.6 CRDi Comfort
Best engine and decent equipment levels make a good package
Blow the budget
i30 1.6 CRDi Premium
All the equipment you need plus moderate running costs

Exterior 4/5

Hyundai’s styling once lacked panache, but the Hyundai i30 estate proves its cars are now much smarter and more modern looking. Even though the i30 looks better from the front than the rear, it is still an attractive-looking car. However, the small rear side windows can make reversing difficult.

Interior 4/5

Four six-foot adults can travel in comfort for long distances thanks to the i30’s generous rear space. The centre console is the most attractive feature of an otherwise unspectacular fascia.


There’s a decent amount of luggage space provided. With the rear seats in place the volume is 415 litres, and when they’re folded down it expands to 1,395 litres. That’s not bad, but both the Ford Focus estate (482/1,525) and the Vauxhall Astra Sports Tourer (500/1,550) offer more. Happily the awkwardly shaped tailgate of the i30 hatch has been replaced with a more sensible design with straight sides, and the load sill is usefully low.