2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Premium (car review)

Hyundai’s i30 sedan is razor sharp in appearance and almost stands completely separate from its hatchback sibling. The range received a facelift for 2024, with the Premium variant scoring refined front lights and grille.

It doesn’t quite score the full horizon light bar some other models have scored, but the rear lights incorporate the ‘H’ strip. The striking Hyundai design involving creases and the ‘Z’ shape down the side, but in this trim, it manages to blend in, and not stand out.

We put it down to the colour, with our example in Meta Blue being a light shade that only comes on the Elite and Premium offerings. It’s safe, which is fine, but there’s also Abyss Black, Amazon Grey, Fluid Metal, Intense Blue and Ultimate Red, or Atlas White.

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The Premium rides on 17-inch alloys, which means a comfortable ride. Up against the Kia Cerato GT, Mazda3 Touring and Toyota Corolla ZR, it’s priced from $42,000 or just over, drive away.

Inside, the i30 Sedan Premium is surprisingly roomy, with comfortable leather seats throughout, which are heated and ventilated up front. The dashboard is minimalist grey in appearance, with a slight touch of red across the air vents.

2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Premium
2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Premium

In an interesting design choice, a large ‘grab handle’ separates the front passenger from the driver and console, where you’ll find a standard automatic gear shifter, cup holders, an armrest and storage.

Rear occupants get plenty of room as well, and have their own air conditioning vents, and two USB-C connectors. For that extra feeling of spaciousness, the Premium also comes with a panoramic sunroof.

Boot space is a handy 474-litres, which is surprisingly only slightly smaller than the Sonata N-Line we recently reviewed, and while this car gives off fastback vibes from its wedge-shaped profile, it is very much a sedan.

There are two 10.25-inch displays up front for the gauges and multimedia. They appear to be running on a previous version of Hyundai’s operating system though. That said, it’s still easy to navigate, and feels quite familiar.

There’s some piano black plastic around the screens and an odd non-descript circle to the right of the gauge display. It at least doesn’t shout base model. While there are decent native maps in the multimedia system, you can also connect your phone via a cable.

2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Premium
2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Premium

This will give you access to Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, and the i30 features a USB-A and USB-C connection up front, and two USB-C connections for the rear. We found that our phones needed the USB-A port to work correctly – so make sure you have the right cables.

There’s a wireless charging pad up front, if you can work your way around the gear shifter to get it in place. Audio comes through a Bose 8-speaker sound system, with decent clarity. Under the hood is a 2.0-litre 4-cylinder engine delivering 110kW and 180Nm.

While not earth-shattering by any means, the i30 manages to get around easily enough, barely breaking a sweat. Four drive modes include Eco, Normal, Sport and Smart. When selected, the digital gauges also update as a visual reference.

Sport will turn the gauges red for example, while Eco offers green hues. Hyundai claim the i30 sedan is capable of a combined 6.1-litres/100km and we managed 6.6-litres/100km in real world testing. That’s pretty good for a non-hybrid car.

You can expect Hyundai’s usual safety systems like blind-spot monitoring, parking collision avoidance assist, forward collision avoidance assist with junction turning, high beam assist, lane follow and lane keep assist, and rear cross traffic collision avoidance among others.

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Inside the 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Premium

Blind-spot monitoring cameras which display in the instrument cluster when the indicators are activated are also included. Speed sign recognition makes an appearance here as well, so you will be alerted when the car detects a change to the speed limit.

If you are doing anywhere from 1km/h over, it will let you know (which is astoundingly annoying). The system can be disabled each time you start the car though, or you can get used to it (or just become numb about it).

The 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Premium comes with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty and is a well-appointed offering for those who want a car that doesn’t stand out too much, but can still get the day-to-day jobs done.

It comes packed with features that live up to its ‘Premium’ name, including full leather seats and a panoramic sunroof. The exterior styling is enough to stop it from disappearing in a car park, but not so out there that it will draw attention everywhere it goes.

It’s a much larger car than it looks and in our opinion, and could be considered against larger, less feature-packed options. You can build your own on the Hyundai Australia website, or find out more from your local dealership. If you need finance, talk to CreditOne.

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Inside the 2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Premium

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

REVIEW OVERVIEW

Driving experience
7
Exterior styling
7
Interior look and feel
7
Technology and connectivity
7
Family friendliness
8
Value for money
7

SUMMARY

Pros - practical, spacious sedan; comfortable interior; plenty of tech.
Cons - styling might be too bland; price point; annoying speed limit warnings.
Daniel Collins
Daniel Collins
Daniel has had a keen interest in cars since getting his first Matchbox toy as a young kid. If he's not car spotting while out on the roads, he'll be plane spotting watching the sky, or diving into one of his many favourite sci-fi universes.

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<strong>Pros -</strong> practical, spacious sedan; comfortable interior; plenty of tech.<br> <strong>Cons -</strong> styling might be too bland; price point; annoying speed limit warnings.2024 Hyundai i30 Sedan Premium (car review)