Hyundai i30 Fastback review - Reliability and Safety
Hyundai’s reliability record continues to improve suggesting the i30 Fastback will perform well
The i30 Fastback hasn’t been tested by Euro NCAP, but its so closely-related to the i30 hatchback that its five-star crash test rating applies to the Fastback as well. This includes an 88% score for adult occupant protection, and 84% for child safety in the car, and there is little reason to expect the Fastback to perform any poorer than that.
It’s helped by the standard safety provision, again much of which is shared with the i30 hatchback. All models receive lane departure and forward collision warning systems, plus lane-keep assistance and autonomous emergency braking. Premium and Premium SE models add blind-spot monitoring and a rear cross-traffic alert system for added reassurance.
The i30 Fastback has not yet appeared in the Driver Power owner satisfaction survey as it is too new, but the brand has a whole performed well in the 2018 survey. The Tucson and i20 models made it into the top 75 ranking, with particularly strong results for reliability and build quality. Hyundai achieved 15th place overall out of 26 manufacturers, putting it ahead of rivals such as Ford and Vauxhall.
Hyundai’s warranty is more generous than the norm, with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty across its entire range. This represents a show of confidence in the quality and reliability of its products which should bring added reassurance to private buyers. This warranty coverage is matched by Toyota, while sister brand Kia edges ahead with a seven-year warranty, although it does have a 100,000 mile mileage limit, which might not suit some long distance drivers as much as Hyundai’s unlimited warranty.
The servicing cost for the i30 Fastback is competitive, with a minor service costing approximately £135, rising to around £280 for a major service. Hyundai also offers a fixed-price servicing plan as well as a free annual check.
In this review
- 1VerdictThe i30 Fastback adds some coupe style to the Hyundai compact hatchback formula
- 2Engines, performance and driveLimited engine range offers acceptable performance with good economy; rapid i30 Fastback N is highly impressive
- 3MPG, CO2 and Running CostsStandard engine options keep emissions and fuel consumption in check, while i30 N is acceptable given the performance
- 4Interior, design and technologySmart and attractive design inside, but the exterior may not have universal appeal
- 5Practicality, comfort and boot spaceSome compromises made in the name of style but an impressive amount of space is still on offer
- 6Reliability and Safety - currently readingHyundai’s reliability record continues to improve suggesting the i30 Fastback will perform well