2012 Hyundai i30 diesel Review

2012 Hyundai i30 diesel Road Test and Review…

Over the past two weeks I’ve had the chance to check out firstly the petrol and now the diesel version of the 2012 Hyundai i30.

As covered in last week’s Hyundai i30 review the Hyundai small car certainly represents the much more refined Hyundai of today.

But the big question is - which is better, the petrol or the diesel?

Well I think a lot depends on how you intend to use your Hyundai i30.

If you’re going to be running around predominantly in the city then the petrol is a knock-out winner.

As reported in my review of the petrol, I easily managed 7.6L/100 in city driving, the diesel achieved 7.7L/100 in the same conditions.

But how does that make the petrol better than the diesel?

Well firstly diesel fuel is anywhere up to 20c per litre more expensive than unleaded, secondly the petrol version is much more responsive at low speeds and low revs and this more zippy feel better suits stop-start city driving.

The petrol version is also around $600 cheaper.

Don’t get me wrong there’s nothing actually wrong with the diesel version of the Hyundai i30, its quiet, has plenty of low-down grunt (260Nm), and will happily move the i30 along at 110 km/h.

It would also most likely show a little more life when mated to the manual transmission rather than the six-speed auto which is what I had.

Aside from the engine the i30 premium is the top-of-the-range model and is finished off nicely with add-ons including;

  • Large electric sunroof
  • Leather interior
  • Electric folding wing-mirrors
  • Electric anti-glare rear-view mirror
  • Electronic parking brake
  • Attractive 17” alloys

The wheels add to the look of the Hyundai hatch but the low-profile 45 series tyres do have a negative impact on the ride quality of the i30 on poor road surfaces.

Rear seat passengers also benefit from air-vents in the centre console in the Premium.

Summing it up, the 2012 Hyundai i30 is a quality vehicle; you most likely won’t find a better value proposition and matched with Hyundai’s sexy and quality look and feel of 2012 it’s a hard one to pass-by.


Engine: 1.6 litre turbo diesel delivering 94kW and 260Nm

Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed auto

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: Five years

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $23,290

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