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Parkers overall rating: 3.9 out of 5 3.9

Eye-catching Fastback is good to drive and appealingly different

Hyundai i30 Fastback (18 on) - rated 3.9 out of 5
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PROS

  • Stylish alternative to traditional hatchbacks
  • Wide selection of engines and trim levels
  • Good handling and comfort compromise
  • Cheap to run and reliable 

CONS

  • Boot is big, but not the most practical
  • Hatch has more rear headroom
  • Performance won’t set world alight
  • Top-spec models can be pricey

At a glance

New price £20,620 - £25,470
Lease from new From £269 per month
Used price £9,230 - £16,055
Used monthly cost £228 - £396
Fuel economy 48 - 51 mpg
Road tax cost £145
Insurance group 8 - 15 How much is it to insure?
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PROS

  • Stylish alternative to traditional hatchbacks
  • Wide selection of engines and trim levels
  • Good handling and comfort compromise
  • Cheap to run and reliable 

CONS

  • Boot is big, but not the most practical
  • Hatch has more rear headroom
  • Performance won’t set world alight
  • Top-spec models can be pricey

Hyundai i30 Fastback rivals

The Hyundai i30 Fastback is the third choice of body style in the line-up, following the i30 hatchback and i30 Tourer estate. It uses the same mechanical parts as the hatchback – including its chassis – just with a slinkier body for added kerb appeal. As such, the i30 Fastback has fewer direct rivals compared with the hatchback, but competes with everything from the Mazda 3 Fastback and Honda Civic to the Mercedes-Benz CLA (far more expensive) and the Audi A3 Saloon, at least in terms of looks and size.

The i30 Fastback isn’t a model to sell in huge numbers relative to the more conventional hatchback, but a £500 cash premium (when comparing spec for spec) isn't too unreasonable considering most will buy this car with PCP finance – spread over 36 or 48 monthly payments it’s only a few extra pounds a month for something a but more exclusive and slightly better to drive than the i30 hatchback.

Hyundai i30 Fastback: engines and driving

The i30 Fastback uses the same petrol engines found in the hatchback, meaning there’s the 1.0-litre T-GDi three-cylinder petrol that’s a great fit in several other Hyundai and Kia models, and a 1.4-litre T-GDi petrol for a bit more oomph, as well as the high-performance 275hp 2.0-litre T-GDi found in the i30 Fastback N, which you can read about separately. Both regular petrol models are a good fit in any i30 model.

A choice of six-speed manual and seven-speed DCT automatic gearboxes are available, and both are pleasant to use.

The Fastback also handles a little better than the regular i30, which itself is already a nice blend between comfort and control. Thanks to a 25mm lower ride height, the Fastback’s body rolls less and its steering is more responsive. The net effect of this is more agile handling.

Hyundai i30 Fastback interior

Hyundai i30 Fastback practicality

The i30 Fastback’s boot is bigger on paper than the i30 hatch (450 litres vs 390 litres), but is hampered by a high loading lip and false floor, which means the actual load area is shallow underneath the parcel shelf. If you lower it, the high loading lip becomes an even greater obstacle. Furthermore, rear seat passengers over 6ft tall will find their head touching the ceiling thanks to that sloping roofline, but legroom is generous enough for most. But if you want a practical i30, you’ll more than likely be looking at the i30 Tourer instead.

Hyundai i30 Fastback trim levels and equipment

The i30 Fastback models available largely mirror the regular car’s line-up, consisting of SE Nav, N Line, N Line+, Premium and Premium SE, plus the standalone i30 Fastback N at the top of the range. Even entry-level cars come comprehensively equipped, so SE Nav will likely prove to be enough for most, but the N Line models add sporty style into the mix while the Premium models add a touch of luxury. All Hyundais get a five-year warranty as standard alongside breakdown cover and annual health checks too, which adds valuable peace of mind for owners.

Hyundai i30 Fastback rivals

Other Hyundai i30 models: