2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Hybrid (car review)

For fun, Hyundai offers the i30 N, and at the other end of the scale, is their new Sedan Hybrid. Boasting economy figures of just 3.9-litres/100km, it has the potential to make it an obvious choice for those wanting to avoid the petrol station.

It means you don’t need to go fully electric to save on fuel, but all that tipples may not be gold. The main differentiator of the Hybrid is of course, its powertrain – a 1.6-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to a 1.32kWh lithium battery motor.

The result is 104kW of power and 265Nm of torque being sent to the front wheels via a 6-speed dual-clutch transmission. Taking into consideration the i30 Hybrid’s 42-litre fuel tank, you’re looking at potentially spending a long time out on the road.

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Styling is largely the same across all i30 sedan variants and aside from a small Hybrid badge on the boot, you’d be hard pressed to know it’s the frugal one. Hyundai have gone to lengths to convey athleticism, with sharp lines, angles, and cuts all over the bodywork.

2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Hybrid
2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Hybrid

Even the wheels get the angular treatment, and we wish those who need to clean them all the best. Our test vehicle is adorned in Ultimate Red, but can be had in Abyss Black, Ecotronic Grey and Atlas White.

Dropping down in to the driver’s seat of the i30 Hybrid can be an experience that doesn’t quite live up to prior expectations. The bold bodywork of the exterior now makes way for a vast array of grey.

Australian drivers will have to make do with the base model treatment if they opt for the Hybrid, though Hyundai have said more premium trim levels are on their way. Infotainment is taken care of by the 8.0-inch touch screen in the middle of the dash.

While the screen is not particularly high resolution or pleasing to look at, it has wireless Apple CarPlay (wired Android Auto) which connects first go. You can opt for USB-C, USB-A, and a 12V socket, and there’s also wireless phone charging.

2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Hybrid
2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Hybrid

The cloth seats feel to be hard wearing and are comfortable enough though not exactly supportive, and lack any sort of heating or ventilation, making you very aware that you are in the base model trim.

Passenger room up front is quite good, though an awkward grab handle does impede legroom somewhat and is made of hard plastic, which can feel quite unpleasant. Rear leg and headroom is good, as long as you are on the shorter end of the scale.

The slanting roof line means taller occupants may struggle for head room and means getting in and out of the back could potentially be a struggle. There are ISOFIX points in the rear for when bub’s along for the road.

Storage is ample with 474-litres of boot space, and there’s a nifty cup holder between driver and passenger that can be adjusted depending on what type of vessel you need to stow. Safety wise, everything you’d expect is included.

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Inside the 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Hybrid

While there’s no blind spot monitoring, you do get lane following assist, radar cruise control, and forward collision avoidance (with junction turning assist). The latter is activated when the indicators are in use and alert the driver if it senses danger.

It will even use automatic emergency braking if needed. Visibility is great, the steering is light, and the front and rear parking sensors do their job admirably. Coupled with a crystal-clear reversing camera, it makes navigating the i30 around tight car spaces a breeze.

On the road, where we achieved a 3.7-litres/100km in an economy run, it was interesting to watch the distance to empty number climb during heavy traffic commutes. The result of the battery motor doing all the heavy lifting, it showcased the car’s capabilities.

We left home with 737km available and arrived at the office after a 45-minute bumper to bumper journey with the range sitting at 767km. We’ll chalk that up as a new motoring experience that benefits from the way the i30 Hybrid deploys battery power.

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Inside the 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Hybrid

Opting for the electric motor as often as possible, the i30 Hybrid only uses the petrol engine when needed. Pleasingly, you’ll be hard pressed to notice when the latter engages or disengages, with no surge or jolt of power or really any noticeable sound.

The six-speed dual clutch transmission is smooth and does a great job of ensuring you are in the right gear. It never went hunting or made the car lurch when coming to a stop or when moving away from the lights.

The suspension does a great job of soaking up the usual lumps, bumps and jumps of Sydney roads, although this isn’t a car to press through the twisties. Attempting to dispatch corners with any sort of pace sees the car push wide and feel like it is wallowing about.

Perhaps this is forgivable as the i30 Hybrid makes no claims to be “the fun one”, a title clearly left to the N version. Priced at $36,585 drive away as tested, the Hyundai i30 Hybrid offers significant value to those who want a new car that is cheap to run.

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2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Hybrid

Offered with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, with the option of a lifetime service plan, you can find out more on the Hyundai Australia website, or by talking to your local dealership. If you’re keen on one, and need finance, talk to CreditOne.

Our test vehicle was provided by Hyundai Australia for review purposes.

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
7
Exterior styling
7.5
Interior look and feel
7
Technology and connectivity
7.5
Family friendliness
7
Value for money
7.5

SUMMARY

Pros - fantastic fuel economy; easy connectivity; good after sales support options.
Cons - dull interior; unengaging driving experience; no blind-spot monitoring.
David Bourne
David Bourne
Dave's interests can be covered off by the letter C; Cars, Coffee, Cameras and Chrono's (watches). Frequently found snapping away at Cars and Coffee events, Dave is most at home with camera in hand, or behind the wheel of his MX-5 RF.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> fantastic fuel economy; easy connectivity; good after sales support options.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> dull interior; unengaging driving experience; no blind-spot monitoring.2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Hybrid (car review)