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Hyundai i30 estate (2007 – 2012) expert review

Read the Hyundai i30 estate (2007 - 2012) car review by Auto Trader's motoring experts, covering price, specification, running costs, practicality, safety and how it drives.

The Auto Trader expert verdict:


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

Reasons to buy:

  • tickComfortable and relaxing to drive
  • tickGood diesel engines
  • tickPlenty of passenger room

At a glance:


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.
Expert rating: 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.
Expert rating: 4/5


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.

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