The first Hyundai designed in Europe especially for Europeans is a successful car, although it does not impress with its appearance.
The Hyundai car with a body length of 4.24 m was created in the German design studio of the Korean concern.
Since 2008, it has also been released in Europe (Czech Republic). It is a twin of Kia Cee’d construction, both cars differ only in details. The i30’s aesthetics are impressive, both inside and out. However, the passenger compartment was finished correctly, using high-quality plastics. It’s worse and dumber from the chassis side, with great balance you can clearly hear the work of the suspension. The standard size of the front seat cushions is also a bit annoying. The width of the passenger compartment does not present any objection. The i30 station wagon offers more space in the back, as it has a 5 cm longer wheelbase than the Cee’d station wagon. Unfortunately, it lost its trunk. It has only 415 liters, while Kia offers 534 liters. The hatchback versions have the same wheels and the same case capacity (340 liters). Driving the i30 is a lot of fun. The car grips the road very well and has an accurate steering system. The engines run quietly and have good dynamics. Maintaining the car does not cause serious problems, because it is technically a simple car and not very demanding from the service point of view. Running costs, however, are not as low as other affordable compacts. Parts prices are not very attractive and there are no cheap replacements. The important fact is that in the case of the i30, it is very common to find used copies that are still covered by the factory warranty. Unlike Kia, which had a 7-year warranty on the Cee’d twin, Hyundai offered only 3 years of free servicing. On the one hand, this is a disadvantage, as the new buyer is usually not protected against possible maintenance costs. On the other hand, this can be considered an advantage, because there is no need to incur high costs of maintaining a long-term warranty in the form of mandatory inspection fees.
When i30 production began in Korea in 2007, the engine range included 1.4 (109 hp), 1.6 (122 hp) and 2.0 (143 hp) petrol units, as well as the 1.6 CRDi (116 hp) and 2.0 CRDi (140 hp ). ) turbodiesels. In the summer of 2008, a 1.6-liter gasoline engine with 126 HP and a 90 HP 1.6 CRDi turbodiesel appeared. Until the end of the production of the first generation, no further versions of the engine were introduced. The most recommended engine is the 1.6 petrol engine. It combines good dynamics with moderate fuel demand. The 1.4 petrol is very weak, but it will certainly satisfy the needs of quiet drivers who don’t care about good performance. more that it has a pleasant quality and good flexibility. A two liter petrol tank is more expensive to operate due to higher fuel consumption and higher service requirements. If one decides to use a turbodiesel, it should be the 1.6 CRDi. Like all gasoline engines, it has a permanent timing chain and an idler timing chain. Due to better dynamics, it is better to reach the 116-horsepower version, but in its case the service costs are higher. The 90-horsepower version is simple and less demanding on the workshop side, but its performance is very poor. The 2.0 CRDi turbodiesel comes from the Italian company VM. It has a time zone
which requires regular maintenance and consumes more fuel than advertised by the manufacturer.