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Hyundai i30 competes with the best in crash tests

Hyundai i30 competes with the best in crash tests
Tristan Honeywill

The latest generation of the Hyundai i30 has made significant progress on safety: its predecessor needed modifications in order to get its Euro NCAP five-star rating at the second attempt in 2008. No such issues with the new car, which achieves five stars with a solid child protection score, read full report.


As a result, the i30 now ranks alongside more established brands when it comes to crash protection. The cabin is a safe place to travel and in the event of a front-on crash, there’s a good level of protection for occupants of all sizes. Whiplash protection is also good. In the more severe pole test, in which the car hits a pole sideways at 19mph, protection of the driver’s chest was weak. Not a perfect result, but five stars nonetheless.

In Euro NCAP’s child safety tests, the i30 scored more highly than most established European brands. Using off-the-shelf Britax-Romer Baby Safe Plus and the Britax-Romer Duo Plus the car scored maximum points.

As standard, there is a switch that allows you to deactivate the front passenger airbag if you want to put a rearward facing seat up front. You get a clear indication of whether it’s on or off – common sense, you might think, but some respected names fall down on this. There are seatbelt reminders fitted as standard in the rear as well as the front.

Euro NCAP gave the bumper maximum points for pedestrian protection and concluded that the area that a child’s head might strike offered good protection. The areas where an adult’s head are likely to make contact were not always so good, however.

If you’re looking for more advanced accident prevention technologies, the i30 is not so strong. Like most new cars, the car has a stability control system and LED daytime running lights. A speed limitation system is available, but you need to choose the Active model, which costs a little more than the base model.

The car also comes with an intelligent Emergency Stop Signal as standard. If you brake sharply the lights flash to warn the cars behind and the hazards come on when you stop. This might be enough for some drivers, but other models offer more opportunities to upgrade the safety. If your budget doesn’t stretch that far anyway, the crash protection is well above average.


Safety tips

Buyer’s guide

  • Base model provides five-star safety for £14,600
  • You need to buy the “Active” version (£15,700) to get the speed limit assistant, a standard feature on some other five-star cars.
  • The Tourer estate version in Active trim level starts at £17,205.
  • There are currently no automatic emergency braking [link to blog post] systems available as an option. The car does have a Brake Assist System that applies maximum brake force when it senses an emergency stop, but this doesn’t predict and prevent emergencies
  • Consider also: Ford Focus, Vauxhall Astra, Honda Civic

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