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

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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!
Shalu Anu Anu Shalu
Shalu Anu Anu Shalu 15 ימים לפני
Hyundai i30
Epic 21 יום לפני
do the Kia stinger vs the Hyundai i30
Paul Illingworth
Paul Illingworth חודש לפני
George Argyris
George Argyris חודש לפני
VW has nice design but their engines are crap.!Dont buy them.
ASHWIN YADAV חודש לפני
I also vote
StratoPL 6 שעות לפני
New focus, nice
Saša Kocijan
Saša Kocijan 15 שעות לפני
I see that Matt would like to review only expensive cars... hence making fun of this one.
Grosz Marton Csaba
Grosz Marton Csaba 17 שעות לפני
looks like a Ford focus only it.s better..
MrZuluBoii97 2 ימים לפני
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
lukas misik
lukas misik 6 ימים לפני
Much better than a golf 🔥
Jose Eyzaguirre
Jose Eyzaguirre 13 ימים לפני
The space towards the trunk is for the skies
sefp 13 ימים לפני
The headlights rip off the Mercedes a class and grill rips off the Ford Fiesta/focus. Rear the Audi A3 if I’m recalling
Andreas Yeleni
Andreas Yeleni 14 ימים לפני
I thought it's a focus
Sheev Palpatine
Sheev Palpatine 15 ימים לפני
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.
Andreas Yeleni
Andreas Yeleni 15 ימים לפני
I thought it's a focus
B.G.M 15 ימים לפני
It looks like ford focus st
Gavin Nash
Gavin Nash 15 ימים לפני
Can do the review of new tucson 2021.
Shalu Anu Anu Shalu
Shalu Anu Anu Shalu 15 ימים לפני
Can you review Hyundai i20 2021?
MURRAY 16 ימים לפני
great design unlike cars they make in NA.
tonsingbee 16 ימים לפני
That is one ugly ass looking car.
John Dice
John Dice 16 ימים לפני
What happened to you Matt, you're not a Golf fan anymore?
Leon Preložnjak
Leon Preložnjak 16 ימים לפני
The way Mat pronounces Hyundai gets me every time......High Und I ( a bit of German in the middle there)
Jerome Dumpit
Jerome Dumpit 17 ימים לפני
I love the styling. It's pretty smart-looking.
Ikhlaq Rafiq
Ikhlaq Rafiq 17 ימים לפני
Looks like a Ford Focus at the front and a Golf at the rear.
João Cu do Bitch Ass
João Cu do Bitch Ass 17 ימים לפני
Shitty car
Simp Simpson
Simp Simpson 17 ימים לפני
OMG! I thought it was a volvo v40 2012 from the front....
Hinz Kunzinger
Hinz Kunzinger 17 ימים לפני
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).
Akash Yadav
Akash Yadav 18 ימים לפני
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.
Sahdan Mamat
Sahdan Mamat 19 ימים לפני
john smith
john smith 19 ימים לפני
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.
Manojkumar Nayak
Manojkumar Nayak 20 ימים לפני
0:01 HO-YAN-DAI.... In India we pronounce HI-UN-DAI
Χαράλαμπος Δαμιανίδης
Χαράλαμπος Δαμιανίδης 20 ימים לפני
This car has awful plastic materials that initially smell badly and is compared with golf or 308?
ice man
ice man 20 ימים לפני
Help me carwow stopping pop off banner
Dani Gonzalez
Dani Gonzalez 20 ימים לפני
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.
Ben Philp
Ben Philp 20 ימים לפני
Still prefer Peugeot 308
The OldSchoolGamer
The OldSchoolGamer 20 ימים לפני
Really glad I got the 2020 model! No need for turbos and fancy stuff!
The OldSchoolGamer
The OldSchoolGamer 20 ימים לפני
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!
Don Jorge
Don Jorge 21 יום לפני
I don't like the weird grill-design at all.
petewoodroffemusic 23 ימים לפני
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
new channel
new channel 24 ימים לפני
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
David Dom
David Dom 25 ימים לפני
Matt when will you make a review for the new Genesis G70.
Klaus Mustermann
Klaus Mustermann 25 ימים לפני
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.
Mr. D.
Mr. D. 25 ימים לפני
I guess Hyundai loved when you trowed away the rear boot cover
Joomy 27 ימים לפני
"at the front this car is pretty exciting" -> Mat's soul died a little as he said that.
tchouzebra 27 ימים לפני
Can’t really have adaptive cruise control on a manual, since the car can’t shift gears
Dhany Dhanasiri
Dhany Dhanasiri 28 ימים לפני
Hyundai car much better looking than the KIA. I always like design of Hyundai.
thewirah1 28 ימים לפני
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
falkaa88 28 ימים לפני
So does it have the automiatic cruise control or doesn't?
john brown
john brown 28 ימים לפני
Looks like Britain misses out on a spare wheel WHY?
kwang hur
kwang hur 29 ימים לפני
소나타 가 안팔리는이유 지난번 4기엔진 3백만대 리콜.거기에 외형 디자인이 어글리.빨리 바꿔야 살아남은다 가격도 일제보다 20% 은 싸야한다.
Husseim Ali
Husseim Ali חודש לפני
the front grille is fugly and killing it,,
Free Spirit
Free Spirit חודש לפני
An average car review you should consider skipping...
tectorama חודש לפני
The fact that it isn't German makes it better.
Esteban Posada Duque
Esteban Posada Duque חודש לפני
.... Dashboard very a like FORD's vehicles ... lacks own/original spirit ...
Joe Bloggs
Joe Bloggs חודש לפני
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.
Mihai Mihai
Mihai Mihai חודש לפני
Spoiled Brits who wants Lamborghini for the price of a Hyundai 😅😅😅
Simon חודש לפני
I reaaallly like the physical buttons for aircon/volume :D
Peter Riggall
Peter Riggall חודש לפני
Hyundai and Kia have a 7 year warranty in Australia.
mounir naji
mounir naji חודש לפני
UGLY WAY OF INTRODUCING ........................... Beuuuuuuuurk
Kasper Guldmann
Kasper Guldmann חודש לפני
9:20 you can't engine brake in this car?
Truck Man
Truck Man חודש לפני
On my third Hyundai can’t knock them really need the better spec models for sure and service prices aren’t too bad
conor noone
conor noone חודש לפני
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....
alan matthews
alan matthews חודש לפני
so disrespectful, throwing bits of the car away, especially a loaned car!!!!
jharris947 חודש לפני
So very grey...Nearly fell asleep just looking at it...Zzzzzz.
Allan Kipruto
Allan Kipruto חודש לפני
Waiting on Hyundai azera review
Klaus Baur
Klaus Baur חודש לפני
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
Mike Riley
Mike Riley חודש לפני
I thought that Carwow could employ an adult to do this job. Not a twelve year old, with an irritating manor.
JANE HONG חודש לפני
It can not be see in Korea.😭 2021 I30
Jalen Warfield
Jalen Warfield חודש לפני
the fact that it defaults to eco is genius for saving petrol
Rajeev R
Rajeev R חודש לפני
Hey Matt, that's a cup holder, not a bottle holder.
Paul Illingworth
Paul Illingworth חודש לפני
£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) 🙈
big bez
big bez חודש לפני
Oh dear you have had an haircut !
YUF TUF חודש לפני
milo priborsky
milo priborsky חודש לפני
come on boy, everything's better than VW !
Crazy cool cars
Crazy cool cars חודש לפני
Imagine the day when you get a carwow notification saying mat vs yianni running race
Lauri Sepp
Lauri Sepp חודש לפני
Thanks. Informative as ever. Waiting for your review of the new i20
volkswagen became a laughing stock
ASSK555 חודש לפני
I don’t know why, but I’m a big fan of the i20 and i30, including the older models.
Matthew Cammish
Matthew Cammish חודש לפני
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.
polopowered חודש לפני
8:20 I drive around in ECO Mode all the time in my Corolla. So get Bent.
ANAS חודש לפני
New toyota sienna review
Ekim Andersom
Ekim Andersom חודש לפני
Everything is better than a Golf
Ionut Popa
Ionut Popa חודש לפני
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...
Gowtham V
Gowtham V חודש לפני
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.
Brown Randy
Brown Randy חודש לפני
If you buy Hyundai, buy a European car or a Japanese car. Only poor people buy Hyundai cars.
Gerhard Giedrojc
Gerhard Giedrojc חודש לפני
Just a paid add, how obvious.
Khanya Lumka
Khanya Lumka חודש לפני
Hey Mr Watson, could you please get your hands on the new fiat tipo and 300x, please and thank you.
James Smith
James Smith חודש לפני
I would take the Hyundai because it has proper dials, rather than a computer screen
Dr Nisu Unn
Dr Nisu Unn חודש לפני
So this is not based on the new Elatra that went on sale in US and Australia? Its the old platform?
Brian חודש לפני
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.......
Messi Wags
Messi Wags חודש לפני
Y u talking about kids for?
Randrew חודש לפני
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
rasputinf חודש לפני
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.
sixaxis 16 ימים לפני
@rasputinf yes, they say in some cases the engine will shut down during sailing. Not sure what the turbo thinks of that. :)
rasputinf 16 ימים לפני
@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???)
sixaxis 16 ימים לפני
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.
Melanie חודש לפני
first the seat leon and now this
Paddy Coleman
Paddy Coleman חודש לפני
Great, proper buttons for heating controls. Good interior.
mhafiz חודש לפני
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.🤷‍♂️
sixaxis 16 ימים לפני
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.
RSBritain חודש לפני
If this was a german car Matt wouldn't moan about the front seat mounts eating into the back seat footwell...
Wayne Bateman
Wayne Bateman חודש לפני
Boot lips stop stuff sliding out on a slope.
stefanomacchi1977 חודש לפני
Damn, the fastback is waaaaayyy to hot than vw golf and hatchback i30... But no one review it...
Charan Raj
Charan Raj חודש לפני
Looks so silly when you point at a certain direction to click on a link and that link never appears 😂😂😂
Our Cars
Our Cars חודש לפני
AngryBrit חודש לפני
Looks like a vw golf has crashed into a stopped Ford focus and merged and created this. And actually looks good 👌
Vedang Singhal
Vedang Singhal חודש לפני
I am waiting for carwow to come to the US.
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