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Hyundai i30 review - Reliability and safety

Reliability is generally good, and the Hyundai i30 comes loaded with safety kit which helps it achieve a top Euro NCAP rating

No matter which model you go for, the Hyundai i30 should be a safe and dependable family car. The brand finished a solid 13th out of 30 in our 2020 Driver Power survey, and while the new i30 didn't rank individually, the smaller i20 did, finishing down the order in 68th place out of 75.

There is loads of safety kit on board the new i30, with all cars getting Autonomous Emergency Braking, Front Collision Warning and Lane Keeping Assist. High Beam Assist and Driver Attention Alert are also included. Rear Cross Traffic Alert, which scans the rear of the car for hazards while reversing is available as an option.

Thanks to all of the standard-fit safety kit, the i30 earned a five-star Euro NCAP crash test rating and an 88 per cent score, putting it near the top of the rankings for safety in the compact hatchback class. 

Warranty

Like all Hyundai products, the new i30 gets the brand’s five-year unlimited mileage warranty. Depending on how often you use your car, this may prove more useful than sister company Kia’s seven-year guarantee, which is limited to 100,000 miles.

Whichever way you look at it, the Hyundai warranty beats Volkswagen’s three-year, 60,000-mile offering, as well as Vauxhall’s identical set-up. Of course, like its rivals, wear and tear items such as tyres and clutches are excluded, and will need factoring in when tallying your lifetime costs. 

Servicing

Hyundai Sense offers owners fixed-price servicing over two, three or five years. You can pay for it monthly, and all the work is carried out using genuine parts and by trained technicians. 

The two-year plan costs £249 for petrol models and £349 for diesels, while a three-year plan costing £100 more. Few owners will keep their cars for five years, but if you intend to hold onto your i30, the five-year plan costs £649 for petrol cars or £749 for the diesel. You can add MoTs into the three or five-year plans for an extra fee.

Depending which you go for, the i30 will need servicing once a year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes sooner.

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