Years constructed: 2007 to 2012
Bodystyles: 5-door hatchback and property
Hyundai has simply launched its good-looking new i30 property, and that looks like an ideal reminder to look again to the heady, pre-recession (simply) days of 2007, when the Korean automotive maker launched the first-generation i30. There had been hints and glimmer within the previous years, however that first i30 was Hyundai’s discover served that it was now not a bargain-bucket model, however a head-on competitor for the likes of Ford, VW, Toyota, and Opel. The i30 was sharp to drive, well-made, roomy, and superb worth for cash. Hyundai has, itself, gone from energy to energy since then, and the unique i30 is now a temptingly reasonably priced household automotive on the second hand market.
You do type of need to look previous the styling of the unique i30, assuming that you will discover some. So far as appears go, it’s presumably one of many blandest vehicles ever made, due to being one of many final vehicles designed and constructed earlier than Hyundai gave its styling division a significant shake-up. That mentioned, it’s nice sufficient trying, so the extra wise purchaser received’t let that hassle them.
The lineup is fairly easy — you primarily have a alternative of a 1.Four-litre or 1.6-litre petrol engine, or a 1.6-litre CRDI diesel. The 2 finest to go for are the 1.Four petrol (which, with 110hp was really moderately full of life) or the 1.6 diesel. The 1.6 diesel, specifically, has a wholesome 255Nm of torque, so it really feels fairly brisk on the street. These now allergic to diesel, or solely doing quick mileages will probably be mollified by the truth that the later-model 1.Four-litre petrol, with stop-start fitted, has cheap 138g/km Co2 emissions, so solely prices €280 a yr to tax. (There was a 2.Zero-litre diesel as properly however treasured few of these have been ever offered in Eire.)
The i30 was at all times well-equipped, particularly in comparison with modern VW Golfs, Toyota Auris, and Ford Focus fashions which, again in 2008, might usually be fairly sparse inside within the cheaper fashions. All fashions got here with air con, a CD participant, steering-wheel stereo controls, stability management, electrical mirrors, and a pleasingly easy iPhone/iPod connection that made it straightforward to play your individual tunes lengthy earlier than Apple invented CarPlay.
One of the best mannequin of all i30s is the spacious, sensible CW property model. The CrossWagon title is likely to be a bit daft, however the automotive is something however, with a 415-litre boot, plenty of area within the again seats (true of the hatchback too) and the flexibility to simply swallow a carefree journey to IKEA. Property fashions additionally got here with normal roof rails, so becoming a roof-rack or field is straightforward.
If security is essential to you (and it needs to be) it’s price noting that the i30 initially scored a disappointing four-stars on the EuroNCAP crash take a look at when it was first examined in 2007. Hyundai modified the i30, particularly within the area across the drivers’ legs and knees, and when re-tested, it obtained the total five-star rating for the 2008 mannequin yr model.
How a lot ought to I spend? Circa €10,000 will get you a last-of-the-line 2012 mannequin, whereas as little as €Four,500 will get you a 2008 i30.
Right here’s one we discovered:
2012 Hyundai i30 CW Property Basic 1.6 CRDI, 77,000km, two house owners, for €10,950 from an ac-credited most important supplier.
All Hyundais are very dependable, and the i30 is not any exception. Certainly, the final of the 2012 vehicles will solely simply have run out of their unique five-year producer’s guarantee, which ought to provide you with some thought of how assured Hyundai was within the automotive’s strengths.
The 1.6 diesel engine does have a weak point in its turbo although, and sluggish efficiency or blue smoke on startup is a foul signal. If the turbo wants changing, be sure that the exhaust gasoline recirculation valve (EGR) is changed too.
The air con condenser is a typical failure level (test to be sure that the air coming from the vents actually is icy chilly on the bottom setting). The clutch is surprisingly costly to interchange, so test that the chunk level isn’t too near the highest of the pedal’s journey. The stereo system may also be troublesome, and is once more expensive to interchange so be sure that it’s choosing up clear FM and AM indicators, and that the USB connection works correctly.
Some variations may be heavy on their entrance tyres, so test for extreme put on, and test to be sure that the handbrake holds the automotive firmly on a steep hill. A knocking noise from the entrance suspension over bumps is most probably the anti-roll bar bushings, however a grinding sound from the brakes is often only a contact of floor corrosion and will put on away with use.
Price remembering that in case you’re in search of a late-model 2012 i30, that was a changeover yr from the unique FD mannequin to the second-generation GD mannequin, so costs for that yr are fairly variable.
And whenever you’ve discovered your excellent Hyundai i30 don’t neglect to get it historical past checked by motorcheck.ie.