This is the new Hyundai i30, the latest version of the five-door hatchback that will go on sale in the UK in March
What is it?
The i30 is Hyundai’s family hatchback, a rival to the likes of the Ford Focus, Renault Megane, Seat Leon, Vauxhall Astra and Volkswagen Golf. The car is now in its third generation, and has been given more efficient engines, improved driving dynamics, and more equipment and technology options than ever as Hyundai seeks to strengthen its position in the UK market.
Hyundai says the i30 will spawn a family of vehicles, so expect an estate as well as new hot hatchback version to compete with the likes of the VW Golf GTI sometime after launch.
The new i30 is marginally longer and wider than the current car, but is slightly lower and the wheelbase has remained identical. Hyundai claims the space inside for passengers is class leading.
Hyundai has also worked hard on the new i30’s dynamics, promising improved ride and handling for the car, as well as more feel and directness from the steering.
What engines has it got?
Hyundai is offering four engines in the i30 from launch. The entry-level unit is a non-turbocharged 1.4 with 99bhp and CO2 emissions of 126g/km. The smallest engine is a turbocharged three-cylinder 1.0-litre unit with 118bhp and 103g/km CO2 emissions. The range-topping petrol engine is a new 1.4 turbo, which has 138bhp and CO2 emissions of 109g/km.
The single turbodiesel on offer is a 1.6-litre, and it comes with three different power outputs: 94bhp, 108bhp, or 131bhp. The most efficient version of this engine, and indeed the most efficient model in the i30 range, is the 108bhp version, which has CO2 emissions of 89g/km.
The i30 comes with a standard six-speed manual gearbox, and the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic on the turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol model, and the two most powerful versions of the 1.6-litre diesel.
What’s it like inside?
The i30’s interior has been made more premium than before, and the amount of switches and buttons has been reduced. The focal point of the interior is a new optional 8.0in touchscreen that controls the main infotainment features of the car (a 5.0in touchscreen is standard) including the TomTom-sourced navigation and the Apple Carplay and Android Auto smartphone integration functions.
The i30 comes with the option of a wireless charging mat for smartphones, while the aforementioned sat-nav, when selected, comes with seven years of free live traffic updates.
Hyundai claims the i30’s interior is more spacious than any of its rivals. The boot capacity is rated at 395 litres with the rear seats up, rising to 1301 litres with the rear seats folded.
There are three different colour options to choose from inside, and there is the option of full leather seats in the i30.
How much equipment does it have?
UK buyers will be able to choose from S, SE, SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE versions of the new i30. The list of standard safety equipment includes automatic emergency braking and a lane keeping system. A DAB radio, Bluetooth connectivity and 15in alloy wheels are also included on entry-level S models.
SE versions get a 5.0in touchscreen infotainment system with a rear view camera and parking assistance system, while SE Nav adds satellite navigation on a larger 8.0in touchscreen. High-end premium models receive dual-zone climate control and heated front seats, while top-spec Premium SE cars get a panoramic sunroof and heated steering wheel.
How much will it cost?
The Hyundai i30 range starts from £16,995 - a heavy increase over the previous car, which was priced from £15,295. This makes the i30 slightly more expensive than the Ford Focus, which costs from £16,445, and significantly more expensive than the £15,915 Vauxhall Astra.
See our first impressions of the new Hyundai i30 in the video below.
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