Hyundai i30 2011 vs Volkswagen Golf 2008

Hyundai i30
2011 - 2012
Volkswagen Golf
2008 - 2012
Gearbox: AutomaticAutomatic
Engine: 1.6 Petrol1.6 Petrol
Camshaft drive: Timing chainTiming belt
Engine chain usually needs to be replaced less often than the timing belt, but the cost of replacing the chain is usually higher. Chain motors are considered to be more reliable, but noisier and more vibration generating.


Power: 126 HP102 HP
Torque: 157 NM148 NM
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 12.1 seconds11.3 seconds
Hyundai i30 engine produces 24 HP more power than Volkswagen Golf, whereas torque is 9 NM more than Volkswagen Golf. Despite the higher power, Hyundai i30 reaches 100 km/h speed 0.8 seconds later.

Fuel consumption

Fuel consumption (l/100km): 6.96.7
Hyundai i30 consumes 0.2 litres more fuel per 100 km than the Volkswagen Golf, which means that if you drive 15,000 km in a year, the Hyundai i30 could require 30 litres more fuel.
Fuel tank capacity: 53 litres55 litres
Full fuel tank distance: 760 km in combined cycle820 km in combined cycle
890 km on highway1000 km on highway
Volkswagen Golf gets more mileage on one fuel tank.


Average engine lifespan: 280'000 km480'000 km
Engine resource depends largely on regular maintenance and the quality of the oils and fuels used, but under equal conditions the average life of a Volkswagen Golf engine could be longer.
Engine production duration: 18 years10 years
Engine spread: Installed on at least 8 other car models, including Kia Ceed, Hyundai Elantra, Hyundai Accent, Kia RIOInstalled on at least 5 other car models, including Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Touran, Audi A3
In general, the longer and for more car models an engine is produced, the better its serviceability and availability of spare parts. Hyundai i30 might be a better choice in this respect.
Hydraulic tappets: noyes
The Volkswagen Golf engine has hydraulic tappets (lifters), providing quieter operation and no need for periodic adjustment, but they are more complex in design and can cause serious engine damage in case of failure.


Length: 4.28 m4.20 m
Width: 1.78 m1.79 m
Height: 1.48 m1.48 m
Both cars are similar in size. Hyundai i30 is 8 cm longer than the Volkswagen Golf, 2 cm narrower the height of the cars does not differ significantly.
Trunk capacity: 340 litres350 litres
Trunk max capacity:
with rear seats folded down
1250 litres1305 litres
Despite its longer length, Hyundai i30 has 10 litres less trunk space than the Volkswagen Golf. This could mean that the Hyundai i30 uses more space in the cabin, so the driver and passengers could be more spacious and comfortable. The maximum boot capacity (with all rear seats folded down) is larger in Volkswagen Golf (by 55 litres).
Turning diameter: 10.2 meters11 meters
The turning circle of the Hyundai i30 is 0.8 metres less than that of the Volkswagen Golf, which means Hyundai i30 can be easier to manoeuvre in tight streets and parking spaces.
Gross weight (kg): 1`7401`810
Safety: no data

above average
Volkswagen Golf has fewer problems.
According to annual technical inspection data Hyundai i30 has serious deffects in 20 percent more cases than Volkswagen Golf, so Volkswagen Golf quality is probably better
Average price (€): 34004200
Pros and Cons: Hyundai i30 has
  • timing chain engine
  • more power
  • better manoeuvrability
  • lower price
Volkswagen Golf has
  • timing belt engine
  • more dynamic
  • more full fuel tank mileage
  • longer expected engine lifespan
  • fewer faults
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