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BabyDrive Verdict

One of Australia’s top ten best-selling cars, the Hyundai i30 is a stylish and sporty little hatch that we were looking forward to putting through its paces! If you are considering a small family hatch then don’t go past the i30 without giving it serious consideration. It’s jammed full of safety features, sat-nav and a great media screen. A fantastic car to drive for a really affordable price!

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We actually drove both ends of the i30 range, the Active which is the most basic model and the SR Premium, the top spec sporty model! I have to say apart from the obvious sporty difference the Active had everything you could need! The Premium comes with the Hyundai Smart Sense safety range and heated and cooled leather seats though, along with a much sportier drive, but as a family hatch I preferred the drive of the Active as it was a little softer but still responsive, fun and nippy!

The i30 surprised me in many ways, not least because we had an enormous Toyota Hilux the previous week, where my husband travelled in the back because he was too tall to sit in the front passenger seat with the rear facing child seat installed behind him.

The i30 made a refreshing change! With rear facing child seats installed in both the rear outer seats, the front legroom was fantastic! From the edge of the seat base to the furthest forward part of the glove box (usually by the right knee) was 23.5cm. That provided a lot of space!! The i30 is a much smaller car and more practical for a family of three than the enormous Hilux! With way more legroom!!

The boot space in the i30 was enough with just three of us, holding ten shopping bags on their own or three with a big pram or seven with a basic stroller.

There is ISO Fix in both outer rear seats and top tethers across the back of all three rear seat backrests that are easily accessible through the boot. I could fit two child seats across the back seats, which were relatively easy to install.

My only real complaint with the i30 was the front seats, which bulged into my lower back and the seat base was a little too long for my legs (I’m 162cm). If I could have the seats changed then I’m sold!!

The i30 is a great family car, it has everything you need and is more than affordably priced.

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Tace Clifford
About Tace Clifford
Tace Clifford founded BabyDrive in 2017 after discovering a huge information gap in mainstream car reviews that left new parents and expanding families in the dark when it came to one of the biggest purchasing decisions of their lives.


  1. Hi! Just wondering if you tested the i30 with a tandem pram at all?
    I’m on the hunt for a hatch with the biggest boot space and leaning towards the i30.
    Thank you!

  2. when you test for 3 across are you installing middle first. As I have had about 5 diffreent configurations of 3 across in an i30?

  3. I’d have to disagree with you on child seat in back giving you plenty of room in the front.
    Unless you purchase a small car seat then there is no chance of comfortable leg room in front.mans boot wise, only big enough for one pram ( remove parcel shelf )

    I own this car and do not recommend if your planning a family

  4. Have you tested the Hyundai Accent? I have one and I’m still deciding if I need a bigger car before the baby arrives… I only plan to have one child

    • Sorry no Accent reviews here! With a small car like that, you may find the front passenger legroom is restricted by the rear-facing child seat or infant capsule. This means you will have to choose carefully who sits where, especially if any of the other occupants are tall! Our best advice is to borrow an infant capsule or have a baby store help you to see how it impacts space. Another thing that can help, depending if it’s technically or legally possible with your Accent, is to have the baby seat in the middle of the second row, which can give you a bit more room for front occupants.

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