Hyundai i30 range cleaned up
- i30 range updated for 2010
- Orders being taken now
- Engine stop-start available
Hyundai's i30 range is about to get a major update, with the introduction of a new trim level and green technology.
Trims – new and old
The revised range starts with the new Classic model, which comes with either the 1.4-litre petrol or 1.6-litre diesel engines. The petrol version costs £12,000, with a £12,950 pricetag on the diesel.
Standard equipment includes stability control, air-conditioning and electric front windows.
Comfort trim continues, but will cost £700 more than Classic – making it a little dearer than it was. As before, it adds electric rear windows and steering wheel-mounted stereo controls, but in an improvement over the current range, the 2010 Comfort trim will also include leather trim on the steering wheel and gearknob, as well as 16-inch alloys.
Comfort cars come with the 1.4- or 1.6-litre petrol engines, or the more powerful version of the 1.6-litre diesel. Both 1.6 engines can be specified with an automatic gearbox.
Premium remains as the range-topper, but the new model is cheaper than before – now starting at £14,750. Standard kit includes reversing sensors, climate control and 17-inch alloy wheels, although it now has just half- (rather than the 2009 car's full) leather upholstery.
However, even when fitted with the £650 optional full-leather upholstery, the 2010 car is cheaper than the model it replaces.
Added green technology brings tax benefits
Also new across the range is engine stop-start technology. The ISG system (Intelligent Stop & Go, as used on sister company Kia's Cee'd range) is a £200 option on all models with a manual gearbox, and it gives up to a 14% improvement in fuel economy.
With ISG, the CO2 emissions of the 1.6 diesel Classic drop from 115g/km to 110g/km, allowing businesses to write down 100% of their capital write-down allowance in the first year.
Emissions on the 1.6 diesel Comfort Estate drop from 124g/km to 119g/km, meaning company car tax rates drop from 18% to 13%.
Hyundai's updated i30 is available to order now and goes on sale on January 4.
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