Hyundai i30 Fastback review

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Hyundai i30 Fastback
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14 Feb 2018 17:26 | Last updated: 21 Aug 2018 14:04

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When American automotive designer Michael Fink sat down and penned his first sketches of the Mercedes-Benz CLS, do you think he ever considered that he was on the verge of creating an icon? We doubt it.

And yet, Fink’s novel idea of blending coupé styling with saloon levels of practicality kick-started arguably the most influential automotive design movement of the 21st century. From the Volkswagen Arteon to Kia Stinger, seemingly every manufacturer now has a model that caters to this niche yet widely popular class.

Nevertheless, Hyundai reckons it is the first brand to “democratise [this] advanced design” by offering the first mass-market five-door coupé. A statement that is partly true, as long as you choose to forget about the existence of the Mazda 3 Fastback.

Compared with the five-door hatch, the i30 Fastback gets the usual coupé plastic surgery, ranging from a redesigned nose with a modified grille set to a roofline that has been lowered by roughly an inch – tapering gently into a small ducktail at the rear – to new wheel designs.

But have these changes been enough to give the i30 Fastback real premium appeal? Read on to find out.

 

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There are 13 trims available for the i30 hatchback. Click to see details.See all versions
S
Entry-level S models come with 15in alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, a DAB radio, USB connection, Bluetooth, a multi-function steering wheel, automatic emergency braking, lane departure co...View trim
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SE
SE trim adds 16in alloy wheels, front foglights, a 5.0in colour touchscreen, rear parking sensors with camera and a leather steering wheel to S trim...View trim
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SE Nav
SE Nav adds an integrated sat-nav and takes the screen size to 8.0in, as well as bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We don’t see the need to spend any more money than this...View trim
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Go SE
This limited-edition trim is based on SE Nav, but adds bigger alloys, dual-zone climate control and some bespoke styling upgrades. Not a bad deal given the relatively small price premium...View trim
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SE Nav
SE Nav adds an integrated sat-nav and takes the screen size to 8.0in, as well as bringing Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. We don’t see the need to spend any more money than this...View trim
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N Line
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Premium
Premium trim brings 17in alloy wheels, climate control, an electronic parking brake, electric seats in artificial leather, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors, as well as addition...View trim
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Premium
Premium trim brings 17in alloy wheels, climate control, an electronic parking brake, electric seats in artificial leather, heated front seats and front and rear parking sensors, as well as addition...View trim
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N Line+
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Premium SE
Range-topping Premium SE trim rounds things off with a panoramic sunroof, real leather seats and a heated steering wheel. We’d stick to the cheaper SE Nav trim...View trim
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Premium SE
Range-topping Premium SE trim rounds things off with a panoramic sunroof, real leather seats and a heated steering wheel. We’d stick to the cheaper SE Nav trim...View trim
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N
Even the entry-level i30N hot hatch offers more toys than its rivals, including 18in alloy wheels, adaptive dampers, LED headlights, sports seats, red brake calipers, automatic lights and wipers, p...View trim
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N Performance
Move up to the Performance model and, as well as the limited-slip differential, 19in wheels, sticky tyres and sports exhaust that make the Performance model go quicker and sound better, you add lux...View trim
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