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The Battle of the Hatchbacks: The Mazda 3 vs the Hyundai i30
January 19, 2022 Mandurah Mazda Team
Mazda 3 vs the Hyundai i30

The Battle of the Hatchbacks: The Mazda 3 vs the Hyundai i30

Hatchbacks on the market today are a popular choice of new car thanks to their relative affordability, and their sophistication as a small yet versatile car.

The new Mazda 3 and the new Hyundai i30 are certainly both top contenders as popular hatchbacks on the Australian market today – but how do they compare to one another?

Let’s take a look – Mazda 3 vs Hyundai i30.


In terms of safety, both the Mazda 3 and the Hyundai i30 range are awarded a 5-star ANCAP rating. But let’s take a closer look at some of the safety inclusions that come as standard in the base models across both vehicles:

Safety feature Mazda 3 Hyundai i30
Smart cruise control
Blind spot monitoring
Driver attention alert
Rear cross traffic alert
Forward obstruction warning
Lane-keep assist system
Traffic sign recognition


While the Hyundai boasts a sound safety rating, many safety features that come as standard in the Mazda 3 base models aren’t included as part of Hyundai’s SmartSense safety package until Active, Elite or N Line Premium models.

Mazda 3 comes equipped with a host of safety features in the base model, with each additional grade having additional extras included.

Both the Hyundai i30 and Mazda 3 now come with a 5 year unlimited kilometre warranty for additional peace of mind when you’re out on the road.


The all-new Mazda Connect system offers simple connectivity in stunning clarity on a 8.8-inch widescreen colour display. The Mazda Connect infotainment system combines basic information such as navigation and fuel consumption for convenience when in the car. Mazda Connect can also be used to navigate applications from your mobile phone.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity come as standard in both the Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30.

For Hyundai, a 7.0-inch colour cluster display features as standard in all the hatchback models. Hyundai pride themselves on a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen display, but this isn’t available in models below the Elite grade.


Mazda harnesses a true feat of engineering with their world-class Spark Controlled Compression Ignition. The fuel-efficiency of a diesel engine powered with the driveability of a petrol engine ensures that the Mazda 3 offers an experience like no other in its class. The result is an engine which releases fewer emissions than a conventional petrol engine, without compromising on the Zoom-Zoom experience. There’s an M Hybrid option for those that want to get into the market of electric hybrid engines.

In addition, the Mazda 3 is fitted with noise absorbing rubber nodes in the chassis, allowing for a quiet and refined driving experience.

The Hyundai i30 base model has a 2.0L petrol GDi 6-speed engine (either manual or automatic transmission). The Hyundai engine is reliable, though doesn’t compare to the innovation of the new generation of Mazda.

While the Hyundai i30 is certainly a capable hatchback option with lively handling, passengers may complain about highway noise and a firm ride.


Carefully designed following the evolution of Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy, the Mazda 3 hatch delivers a powerful and sleek presence. Internally, the Mazda 3 boasts all-new quality finishes. Each grade gets grander, with plush features adding to the air of luxury within this spectacular hatchback.

The new i30 hatch has a redesigned bumper to separate it from older models. The i30’s cabin is light and spacious, offering a comfortable experience. Leather interior is available in the Active grade and above.

Larger options

The hatchbacks offer a sporty, zippy drive for singles, couples or young families. Both the Mazda 3 and Hyundai i30 are offered in a sedan configuration if preferred.

That being said, while hatchbacks are comfortable, affordable and beautifully designed in a small package, they’re not the right fit for everyone. If you’re after a larger option, get in touch with the crew at Mandurah Mazda to find out about the Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-30 – which are some of the best family cars on the market.

Mazda 3 vs Hyundai i30?

Both the Mazda 3 and the Hyundai i30 are capable hatchbacks on the market today. However, the Mazda 3, with its refined design, advanced safety features, smooth driver handling and the superior technology of Mazda Connect is the better option for a sophisticated hatchback.

Don’t take our word for it – get down to a Mazda dealership in Perth to test drive the Mazda 3 today and feel the superior driving experience for yourself. Our friendly team at Mandurah Mazda can offer you all the information on the Mazda 3 in Perth, and get you behind the wheel of your new car sooner. Zoom-Zoom!

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