Hyundai i30 (Elantra GT) review - better than a VW Golf?

Avaldati 21 jaan 2021
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This is the new Hyundai i30!
Now the i30 may have been seen as a budget option compared to the likes of the VW Golf and Ford Focus, but with updated looks both inside and out, coupled with new engine choices, could the latest generation change that?
In terms of engines, all versions are mild hybrid, with the range topper being a 1.5-litre 4 cylinder turbo petrol which can put down 160hp and hit 0 - 60mph in under 9 seconds.
Ok, so the stats aren’t incredible. But let’s not forget that with a carwow saving, you can pick up a new i30 for under £20,000! With that in mind, if you’re in the market for a new hatchback, should you start considering the i30? You’ll have to stick with Mat to find out!
00:00 Intro
00:53 Exterior Design
01:50 Interior
04:39 Back Seats
06:37 Boot
08:00 Five Annoying Features
09:07 Five Cool Features
10:04 Engines
11:15 Town Driving
12:17 Motorway Driving
14:36 Twisty Road Driving
15:59 Verdict
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  • So what do we think - does the new Hyundai i30 look better than the Mk8 VW Golf? VOTE for which you think looks the best below!

  • Hyundai will never be better than VW cause it ain't a VW. There is quality and value in a VW unlike the Hyundai after 5years

  • Much better than a golf 🔥

  • The space towards the trunk is for the skies

  • The headlights rip off the Mercedes a class and grill rips off the Ford Fiesta/focus. Rear the Audi A3 if I’m recalling

  • I thought it's a focus

  • Golfs are boring as fuck now and only for finance fanboys, but Matt cannot bring himself to admit that this is better than the golf. If the i30 had a VW badge on the front he’d try to suck it off.

  • I thought it's a focus

  • It looks like ford focus st

  • Can do the review of new tucson 2021.

  • Can you review Hyundai i20 2021?

  • great design unlike cars they make in NA.

  • That is one ugly ass looking car.

  • What happened to you Matt, you're not a Golf fan anymore?

  • The way Mat pronounces Hyundai gets me every time......High Und I ( a bit of German in the middle there)

  • I love the styling. It's pretty smart-looking.

  • Looks like a Ford Focus at the front and a Golf at the rear.

  • Shitty car

  • OMG! I thought it was a volvo v40 2012 from the front....

  • I wish you did an extra video (or chapter in this video) about the cheapest available configuration ("entry level"), at least in terms of interior design and infotainment. And, please, give us the price of exactly the configuration you have tested there. (you gave a link to your favorite configuration, but its not clear whether that is what we just saw).

  • Value for Money: UK : Hyundai India : Tata. Hyundai is more costly than Suzuki which has an awesome record of all round reliability which Hyundais cannot match.

  • 🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢🤢

  • You what??? More exciting choices than an I30 like a Mazda 3??? Are you stupid? How can you even put a pos CVT shitbox next to an auto???. Instant dislike and shut down.

  • 0:01 HO-YAN-DAI.... In India we pronounce HI-UN-DAI

  • This car has awful plastic materials that initially smell badly and is compared with golf or 308?

  • Help me carwow stopping pop off banner

  • Seen one and sit on one years ago in a Motorshow. I loved the interior, but also 395 liters of charge capacity on the trunk is the same as a Seat Arona (a SUV) so that is brutally good. And the octavia is on a bigger segment of cars so you should not even compare it. But man even being an average car still looks brilliantly beautiful, and now they have micro hybridation which helps a lot on city restrictions. Brilliant car I'd say.

  • Still prefer Peugeot 308

  • Really glad I got the 2020 model! No need for turbos and fancy stuff!

  • It's sad the new i30 isn't coming to America! But really thankful that the 2020 base model (which I own) doesn't have a ridiculously small engine!

  • I don't like the weird grill-design at all.

  • Looks part Ford part VW part Japanese! 100 years from now theyll be 3 car shapes (if that and not if sooner!) Firer your car designers and hire an 8 year old then maybe get something exciting and imaginative !!! Generic dull Eurocar

  • I will never buy another Kia. Period. We contacted the Kia Corporate office to help with an issue we had after our car broke down on the side of the interstate 2 times after being serviced at 2 different Kia dealerships, Langdale Kia in Valdosta and Crown Kia in Saint Petersburg. Kia Corporate gave us the run around, telling us they would send our service request upper management to have it approved. After 3 weeks, they finally told us that no our car wasn’t under warranty! What?! It’s like they didn’t even read what we submitted. Kia doesn’t know how to fix their own vehicles and doesn’t care if they break down multiple times. This has been a horrible

  • Matt when will you make a review for the new Genesis G70.

  • Been driving an i30 2015 model for the last 4 years. Bought it at the unbeatable price of 11k€ at 23k kilometers in 2017 (a golf would have been twice as expensive). I can fully confirm this review, the car is "allright" in almost all situations. Nothing good about it. Nothing seriously bad either. Its... okish. But the price is really fair, you rarely get so much car for that money. Would I buy it again? If Im low on budget and need something reliable to drive me from a to b, yes. As Im now in the situation to afford something better, Ill get a E200 from 2019 soon with a lot of extras. For the german viewers: at top speed on the highway the engine and wind is really loud in this car, it takes quite a long time to get to maxspeed (180 in my case), but it decelerates fast even without using the brake. Its a very light car, so strong winds on high speed make the ride very bumpy and you should drive really carefully, specially watch out when overtaking trucks. my verdict, the car is not really made for the highway.

  • I guess Hyundai loved when you trowed away the rear boot cover

  • "at the front this car is pretty exciting" -> Mat's soul died a little as he said that.

  • Can’t really have adaptive cruise control on a manual, since the car can’t shift gears

  • Hyundai car much better looking than the KIA. I always like design of Hyundai.

  • I would get a Golf if you love spending hours on car enthusiast forums trying to figure out what is wrong with your brand new car. Like, why is my carpet wet? Why does it smell like exhaust fumes in the cabin when I start the car? LOL

  • So does it have the automiatic cruise control or doesn't?

  • Looks like Britain misses out on a spare wheel WHY?

  • 소나타 가 안팔리는이유 지난번 4기엔진 3백만대 리콜.거기에 외형 디자인이 어글리.빨리 바꿔야 살아남은다 가격도 일제보다 20% 은 싸야한다.

  • the front grille is fugly and killing it,,

  • An average car review you should consider skipping...

  • The fact that it isn't German makes it better.

  • .... Dashboard very a like FORD's vehicles ... lacks own/original spirit ...

  • A better way to judge i30 vs Golf is to source 5 year old cars & 10 year old cars and review them head-to-head. Any car is nice when it's brand new, but the longterm owner review would speak volumes for the actual car.

  • Spoiled Brits who wants Lamborghini for the price of a Hyundai 😅😅😅

  • I reaaallly like the physical buttons for aircon/volume :D

  • Hyundai and Kia have a 7 year warranty in Australia.

  • UGLY WAY OF INTRODUCING ........................... Beuuuuuuuurk

  • 9:20 you can't engine brake in this car?

  • On my third Hyundai can’t knock them really need the better spec models for sure and service prices aren’t too bad

  • Is there any real reason why all new cars seem to have a tablet blu tacked on to the dash? there's literally no effort to integrate the infotainment screens, they're literally just slapped in there....

  • so disrespectful, throwing bits of the car away, especially a loaned car!!!!

  • So very grey...Nearly fell asleep just looking at it...Zzzzzz.

  • Waiting on Hyundai azera review

  • Mat, you leave us dangling in limbo, the catchy heading says ... better than a Golf and your review and option does not offer an answer, what is YOUR view, having reviewed both? :)

  • Every car is better than golf

  • I thought that Carwow could employ an adult to do this job. Not a twelve year old, with an irritating manor.

  • It can not be see in Korea.😭 2021 I30

  • the fact that it defaults to eco is genius for saving petrol

  • Hey Matt, that's a cup holder, not a bottle holder.

  • £21k for that! 🤦‍♂️ I’d have a Golf, Focus or Astra . A Golf would still get here in 10 plus years Hyundai they don’t last much after 7 years (probably warranty period) 🙈

  • Oh dear you have had an haircut !

  • İT İS NOT NEW!!!

  • come on boy, everything's better than VW !

  • Imagine the day when you get a carwow notification saying mat vs yianni running race

  • Thanks. Informative as ever. Waiting for your review of the new i20

  • volkswagen became a laughing stock

  • I don’t know why, but I’m a big fan of the i20 and i30, including the older models.

  • Why does every hatchback that has come out the last couple of years look exactly the same box with sharpe angled creases at the back? The only ones that don't are the new Fiesta and Focus.

  • 8:20 I drive around in ECO Mode all the time in my Corolla. So get Bent.

  • New toyota sienna review

  • Everything is better than a Golf

  • the adaptive cruise control is working with manual gearbox too.... there are other videos where the car maintain the speed of the car from the front...

  • No laser welded roof like the VW golf. Rubber beading on the roof to hide those old fashioned welds. No thanks i will take the VW gold.

  • If you buy Hyundai, buy a European car or a Japanese car. Only poor people buy Hyundai cars.

  • Just a paid add, how obvious.

  • Hey Mr Watson, could you please get your hands on the new fiat tipo and 300x, please and thank you.

  • I would take the Hyundai because it has proper dials, rather than a computer screen

  • So this is not based on the new Elatra that went on sale in US and Australia? Its the old platform?

  • The residual value certainly won't be better than a Golf! The rear of the i30 looks far more stylish than previous versions, but the Koreans still can't get all elements of the design to agree with European taste. The front looks awful. It's an attempt to look Audi-esque, but fails. You're not in that league Hyundai.......

  • Y u talking about kids for?

  • I really dislike the trend of car manufacturers putting the infotainment screen on top of the dashboard it looks intrusive and feels like an afterthought. Much prefer screens built into the dash that look smarter

  • 9:21 How can decoupling the gearbox from the engine save fuel? I mean, engine burns 0.5-0.7 lt/100km of fuel (idling consumption) when in neutral, but coasting without accerelation pedal is 0.0 lt/100km in every car. I couldn't understand how this "intelligent manual transmission" works.

    • @rasputinf yes, they say in some cases the engine will shut down during sailing. Not sure what the turbo thinks of that. :)

    • @sixaxis yes but coasting in gear helps engine to rotate, without using the fuel. but if the engine is decoupled from transmission (neutral) it needs fuel to rotate in idling rpm. so, the question is: how the engine will rotate during this 'sailing' mode? (maybe it will stop the engine like Start&Stop system???)

    • I think the answer is sailing. And a different driving style to get used to. While coasting as you said consumes 0.0l it also slows the car with the engine break. I assume with the decoupled gearbox is like shifting to neutral, nothing slows the car directly, it runs freely like a sailboat, so you can achieve longer distances with no consumption. I suppose that also means that owners of these cars should say goodbye to engine break.

  • first the seat leon and now this

  • Great, proper buttons for heating controls. Good interior.

  • I think the lack of automatic braking and acceleration is due to the car being Manual, It cant change gears to match speed when the car gets too slow, The 8 speed automatic might have that feature. Just my thoughts though.🤷‍♂️

    • That's correct. In my country you can put together the i30 piece by piece asyou want, and yes adaptive cruise control can be ordered only together with automatic gearbox. And just for the record an adaptive cc together with lane keeping assist won't really make the car self driving.

  • If this was a german car Matt wouldn't moan about the front seat mounts eating into the back seat footwell...

  • Boot lips stop stuff sliding out on a slope.

  • Damn, the fastback is waaaaayyy to hot than vw golf and hatchback i30... But no one review it...

  • Looks so silly when you point at a certain direction to click on a link and that link never appears 😂😂😂


  • Looks like a vw golf has crashed into a stopped Ford focus and merged and created this. And actually looks good 👌

  • I am waiting for carwow to come to the US.

  • looks like a ford focus but with thinner headlights.

    • is that a good thing or bad thing? :)

  • Never any mention of a spare wheel with any of these reviews, Some of us want a spare wheel not a tin of gunk.

  • Collision control! Trying driving a DAF CF truck with it on. Jams the brakes on and drops all the power at any given opportunity, making you look like a right plonker. Don't need stuff like that in vehicles, just better drivers.