Can a Hyundai i30 tow a caravan?

In this blog post, we will answer the following question: Can a Hyundai i30 tow a caravan? We will discuss the Hyundai i30 performance and road behaviour. 

Can a Hyundai i30 tow a caravan?

A Hyundai i30 can tow any lightweight caravan or camper, pulling from 30-60mph in just 12 seconds. Hauling with a Hyundai i30 feels invigorating. Being a compact car, it does not have a huge interior, but the trunk has 378 litres, the rear passengers have enough space on the head, shoulders and knees.

The front seats are comfortable on the long road, and the driving position is low and pleasant. Nothing negative to comment on in this chapter!

 Hyundai i30 Towing Capacity

Car make and model
Unbraked Towing CapacityBraked Towing Capacity
2019 Hyundai i30 ACTIVE 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO1300kg
2019 Hyundai i30 ELITE 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO1300kg
2019 Hyundai i30 FASTBACK N PERFORM LUX S.ROOF 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP MAN1600kg
2019 Hyundai i30 GO 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO/MAN1300kg
2019 Hyundai i30 N PERFORMANCE LUX 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP MAN1600kg
2018 Hyundai i30 ACTIVE 1.6L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO1300kg
2018 Hyundai i30 ACTIVE SMARTSENSE 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP AUTO1300kg
2018 Hyundai i30 GO 1.6 CRDi 1.6L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO1300kg
2018 Hyundai i30 N PERFORMANCE 2.0L, PULP, 6 SP MAN1600kg
2017 Hyundai i30 ACTIVE 1.6L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO1300kg
2017 Hyundai i30 GO 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP SEQ AUTO1300kg
2016 Hyundai i30 ACTIVE 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN1300kg
2016 Hyundai i30 ELITE 1.8 L.E. 1.8L, ULP, 6 SP MAN1300kg
2016 Hyundai i30 SR 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP MAN1300kg
Hyundai I30 DIESEL HATCHBACK 1.6 CRDi [136] Premium 5dr650 kg1,500 kg
Hyundai I30 DIESEL TOURER 1.6 CRDi [136] Premium 5dr650 kg1,500 kg
Hyundai i30 Hatchback (2012 onwards) 1.4 Active 5d600kg1200kg
Hyundai I30 TOURER 1.6 SE 5dr600 kg1,300 kg

Hyundai i30 – the most successful Hyundai

Hyundai, i30 is available in four versions of equipment and four engines.  Obviously, there is no possibility to juggle the versions and engines, i.e you can not have the base 1.4-litre engine in Exclusive equipment, while the top 1.6 CRDi diesel is only available as such.

I don’t think that taking it or leave it offers is very appreciated by those looking to buy a car, not just a means of transport. And the i30 does not need to be perceived as a means of transport in a market where it has to face Megane, Golf, Focus and Astra.

For several years now, I believe that the automatic overtake manual transmissions. The trend is clear and I think in 10 years you will count the manual boxes in the industry on your fingers. And the Koreans have started to move and there is already a significant supply of automatic gearboxes on their models. 

For the i30, however, there is a single-engine with single equipment and six-speed automatic transmission.

The car has automatic air conditioning with two-zone adjustment, a more than a decent audio system, daytime running lights, wheels, ESP with all related functions, six airbags and automatic transmission, but it has no electric windows in the back!

Otherwise, the new i30 has a beautiful interior for a Korean car. If you had told me ten years ago that Hyundai would end up building cars with a comparable interior in terms of materials and manufacturing quality with VW, I wouldn’t have believed it. Today’s reality proves this and the i30 currently has the best interior in its manufacturer’s range. 

With Hyundai i30 on the road

The 1.6-litre engine has 135 hp and 164 Nm of maximum torque. The automatic transmission has six ratios and, unfortunately, is not the best solution for this engine. 

Even if it turns the experience at the wheel of the i30 into one without headaches in the city or congestion and contributes to the total comfort that this car offers, the automatic transmission is slow in reactions and changing gears. This applies to both automatic and manual mode. 

The engine is suitable for the i30, but its momentum is cut by the transmission. Overtaking must be thought of in advance and you need to get used to the reaction times of the box to drive somewhat dynamically. 

Of course, consumption is not very good, and the cause is again the transmission. The lowest average for urban and extra-urban that you can manage is 8 liters per 100 km. Compared to other engines, it can be considered great, but there will certainly be customers who appreciate the qualities of the automatic transmission differently, without perceiving it as a monster of consumption.

The most sensitive point of the dynamics of the new i30 is the direction. Literally and figuratively sensitive, because this is the strangest direction I’ve ever driven in the compact segment. By means of a button on the steering wheel, the driver can choose one of the three steering modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport. 

This feature comes standard and is if you will, a reinterpretation of the City button on Fiat cars. Being electrically assisted, the steering allows the driver to select the operating mode. Obviously, in parking lots, Comfort mode is very good. But the difference between Normal and Sport mode doesn’t really exist and that’s where the problems arise.

For a little proper steering control, you will see that you will always use Sport mode. Even so, in this way the steering of the i30 is inaccurate, the feedback to the driver is false and there is a big mismatch between how you want to negotiate a turn with the car and what the steering wheel actually transmits to the wheels. 

Lacking precision almost completely and seemingly torn from another film, the much-too-assisted-electric direction spoils a special experience that the i30 otherwise conveys.

In terms of the running gear, the i30 is the best Hyundai in history. It is very comfortable and most importantly extremely quiet when damping bumps. It is so good that the fight of the most comfortable and pleasant suspensions will be decided strictly between him and the Golf.


Even if the power steering has problems that are worth considering, especially if you plan on towing a caravan, the Hyundai i30 is overall a very successful family car. 

Impeccably built on the outside. but also on the inside, very quiet and extremely pleasant to drive, the new Hyundai compact is worth buying even in the configuration of the car in our test.

That’s because, as the treadmill entices you to sit back and just drive and enjoy comfort, a manual transmission would ruin the whole feeling. The automatic transmission deserves praise for increasing driver comfort, even if the dynamic is almost as weak as the steering.

Do you agree with us? Please feel free to share your thoughts, any comment or question you may have about the content. 

FAQ on Can a Hyundai i30 tow a caravan?

How much can an ix35 tow?

A Hyundai iX35 has an unbraked towing capacity of 750 kg and braked towing capacity of 2000 kg.   

Can a Hyundai iX35 tow a caravan?

With an unbraked towing capacity of 750 kg and braked towing capacity of 2000 kg, the Hyundai ix35 has a pretty decent power to tow a small or medium loaded caravan.  

How do I know how much I can tow?

To know how much your car can tow, if you can’t find a scale, calculate the weight of the vehicle by adding the total of the empty car, the weight of the passengers, and the cargo. Subtract the loaded weight of your vehicle from the total gross weight. The resulting figure is your towing capacity.

What is the maximum towable weight?

The Maximum towable weight is the maximum mass that our car can tow. It is the maximum mass that can be reached by the towing vehicle plus the caravan/trailer.


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