What's the used Hyundai I30 FASTBACK hatchback like?
If you fancy the idea of a Hyundai i30 but don’t like the looks of the hatchback or estate versions, you might find this swoopy-looking Fastback model more to your taste. In the style of such cars as the Audi A5 and the Kia Stinger, the i30 Fastback is a five-door, five-seat coupe of suave looks and impressive practicality, which seems to have few rivals other than the Mazda 3 Fastback at its relatively modest price point.
It’s actually more than just a pretty face. It’s longer and lower than the regular i30 hatch, for starters, with a stiffened suspension setup for sportier driving, and it’s sexier in the details, too. Engine options are petrol-only: a 118bhp 1.0-litre and a 137bhp 1.4-litre that also offers an automatic gearbox as an option to the standard six-speed manual.
Trim-wise, equipment is decently generous, with the base-spec SE Nav featuring an 8.0in touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There’s also wireless phone charging and a rear-view camera, though to indulge in the luxury of artificial leather seats you’ll need to upgrade to Premium spec, which adds LED headlights too. Top-of-the-line Premium SE cars get a panoramic sunroof.
It’s worth mentioning that safety equipment is equally generous, with lane departure warning, forward collision warning, lane-keep assist and autonomous emergency braking standard across the range. Premium-spec cars also get blind-spot warning.
On the road, it’s rather nice to drive. Unexciting, but pleasant. The 1.0-litre car needs to be worked hard to make good progress. In contrast, the 1.4 feels lively and has more low-down push, but both engines are reasonably smooth and quiet once up to speed.
The steering is a great improvement on Hyundais of old, being better weighted and less vague around the straight ahead. It grips well and handles safely, even if it’s unlikely to set an enthusiast’s heart on fire. The N-Line version actually gets a slightly firmer suspension setup, and corners with slightly less lean than the standard car.
Only the road noise lets the i30 Fastback’s refinement down, as it’s a little too pronounced around town and rather intrusive on motorways.
Inside, the driver’s seat is comfortable and supportive, and the possible adjustable positions good. The dash and instrument layout is all logically laid out and well finished, with most materials feeling soft to the touch and looking more expensive than they probably are.
In terms of infotainment, all models get an 8.0in colour touchscreen with sat-nav, and Android Auto and Apple CarPlay smartphone mirroring. Although it's not the most graphically sharp system out there, it is easy to navigate and quick to respond. It has handy shortcut buttons below the screen, too.
As far as space goes, there may well be slightly less rear head room than in the regular hatchback, but it’s still pretty good. The boot is actually slightly bigger than the hatchback’s.
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