CAT’S INSIDE LINE: HYUNDAI i30 (2007-2012)


Hyundai-i30-2009_300pxCarrying on the Inside Line series, we move on from looking at the premium supermini, the Audi A1 and turn our attention to the Korean Hyundai i30. Now in its second generation the i30 is a popular vehicle originally launched in 2007, which saw the manufacturer launch a big push to force its way into the European medium hatchback market.

It found itself in direct competition with the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Vauxhall Astra and the Seat Leon among others.

However, the i30 was a revelation to the market as it came with more standard equipment than its European counterparts, including alloy wheels, air conditioning, automatic lights and glovebox cooling.

The first gen Hyundai i30 was launched with a range of powerplants for motorists to choose from, which included 1.4- or 1.6-litre petrol engines and 1.6- or 2.0-litre diesel options. This variety of engine options and large amount of standard equipment have provided technicians with extra challenges.

Next month we’ll be looking at the Mark VI Volkswagen Golf, so if you have expertise and insight to share, we would be delighted to hear from you. To get your advice included contact

Click below to see technical contributions on the Audi A1 from:

Autoelectro – explaining why technicians need to be cautious when replacing rotating electrics on the Hyundai

Cambiare – covers a number of issues with the i30

Comma – discusses the foibles of fluids and the importance of oil

First Line – comments on solving knocking noises from the front suspension on the i30

IGA – cover a number of common faults with the Hyundai i30

Manbat – tackling AGM batteries

Meyle – common issues on the first generation i30 solved

Remy – considerations regarding the i30’s electric power steering system

TecRMI – gives us an insight into a some of the technical problems on the Hyundai

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