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  • 16 February 2017
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    The new Hyundai i30 Better than ever


    The all new Hyundai i-30 is the brand's ambassador for all things better. Roomier,  exceptionally equipped and an improved drive, this redesign is a great competitor in its class challenging its peers like the Ford Focus and the VW Golf. It is an affordable, capable and credible alternative to some of its more established rivals. We are eagerly anticipating its launch in 2017, the redesign and improved driving experience are all key elements we just can’t wait to hit our forecourts. Where it may be slightly more expensive than its predecessor it is also noticeably different and compared like-for-like with key rivals it actually costs less and offers you more.  

    Exterior Features

    A key thing to remember when reviewing the new i30 is that its appearance has been rated as the number one reason to purchase, pretty impressive! Starting with the face of the i30 you’ll probably first notice the newly designed cascading front grille, detailed in chrome this new design feature really ads a class to the car, quite reminiscent of earlier Audi models, it ads a dynamic and elegant touch. The teardrop shaped headlights sit nicely either side of the grille, protruding into the defining ridges of the body, the gemstone character of the lights add to the polished and sophisticated finish. Working your way back over the car you’ll find a distinctive ridge running the full length, running parallel to the wheel arch and then straight down the flanks, it gives the i30 a very individual appearance. These unique identifiers make this hatchback a firm member of the Hyundai family, these really help it hold its own and stand out. The new i30 carries over the fundamental dimensions of the original:

    • Wheelbase: 2650mm
    • Width: 1795mm
    • Weight: 1455mm
    • Length: 4340mm

    The South Korean manufacturer have really refined the face of the i30 and in doing so have made it much more appealing to the mainstream, making it available in 12 exterior colours.  

    Interior Styling

    The interior of the i30 continues the new refined approach that Hyundai have implemented with this latest addition. An elegant and roomy design with subtle chrome detailing and high-quality materials really do add to the sophisticated atmosphere. An uncluttered and smooth dash presents a simple but effective new design, two tier, very horizontal, wide and long air vents and stretching the full width, it is smooth and uncomplicated. It comes with a 5” touchscreen as standard but there is option of an 8” floating touch screen which sits elegantly in the centre of the dash, and integrates all the media, driver assistive tech and connectivity in an effortlessly ergonomic position, set exactly right to minimise the time that the driver's eyes are away from the road ahead. The i30 is now fitted with a three-spoke steering wheel as opposed to the four-spoke, formally featured with a heating facility to make your drive even more comfortable. Simple changes like this make this car a more open and uncluttered experience than before, with well-placed function buttons the driver is fully connected to the helpful features of the car and new Flex-Steer means that you have more control of your driving experience depending on your surroundings, but we’ll go into more detail about that later. With an abundance of soft-touch materials and chrome details, the interior of this vehicle is classy and uncomplicated and is available in a choice of three colours, black, beige and blue, in cloth and leather or full leather variations. The car also can come with sporty aluminium foot pedals

    There is no compromise on space where the i30 is concerned, both passengers and luggage will not be feeling squeezed in! The new design has a mega focus on comfort for all those involved.  With a luggage capacity of 395 litres and a potential of 1301 litres when the 40:60 split seats are folded flat, a practical two-stage luggage board and ski hatch through the central seat makes this boot space all kinds of versatile!

    With lots of additional cubby holes, mostly lined with soft materials to stop that pesky rattle you’ll never be stuck for handy storage options, this includes a really handy addition of storage in the adjustable armrests!

    An option of a panoramic sunroof is also available and, as you may imagine, adds even more roominess and light to the interior of the car. For enhanced comfort, the front seats come with the option of a three stage heating or cooling system, and can also be adjusted in 10 ways including lumbar support and a memory function for two positions. Comfort and practicality are key to the new Hyundai’s character.

    In-Car Tech

    Hyundai has responded really well to the technology evolution that we are seeing across all ranges of new cars. The have extended their already comprehensive list of assistive and safety features. They have kept up to date with the connectivity, media and assistive details and offer an impressive amount of features for your money.

    • DAB radio
    • Apple CarPlay
    • Android Auto
    • Bluetooth
    • Wireless charging
    • Sat Nav
    • Heated front seats
    • Electric parking brake
    • Smart key with engine stop/start button
    • Six speaker audio system

    i30 Safety Features

    The new i30 is fitted with a variety of safety and assistive features:

    • Electronic Stability Control
    • Vehicle Stability Management
    • Anti-lock Braking System
    • Emergency Brake Assist System
    • Hill Assist Control
    • Emergency Stop Signal
    • Six airbags - front, side and full-length curtain as standard
    • Lane departure warning
    • High beam assist
    • Attention Assist
    • Front collision warning system
    • Smart cruise control
    • Rear cross traffic alert

    These are just some of the highlights which make it a car with one of the most advanced safety packages. The second Gen Hyundai was awarded the five-star safety rating in Euro NCAP’s impact assessment programme and the new i30 is a match for the structural durability and stability, that being said, we’d predict the new i30 will be eligible for top safety ratings.

    i30 Driving Experience

    The i30 is an all-rounder when it comes to improved experience and this includes the driving experience itself. They have refined the drive and made the quality of the drive vastly better, heres a few examples of how:


    • NVH (Improved Noise Vibration and Harshness) -  a quieter cabin and  higher comfort for all passengers
    • Flex steer with three settings of Comfort, Normal and Sport allow for a fully adaptive driving experience.
    • Sharper steering
    • Chassis engineering - a stiffer chassis has allowed for a much more secure and intuitive driving experience.  
    • Fully independent suspension - a fully supported, comfortable and adaptive drive
    • All disc braking system offer a reassuring stopping system.
    • Five Year unlimited mileage warranty - so you don’t have to worry.


    2017 Engine Choices

    The new i30 also sees improved engines, plus a new 7-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission (DCT). With an expanded choice of engines, you’ll find they are all top quality and all Euro-compliant

    1.6-litre diesel

    • 74 mpg
    • Seven-speed dual clutch transmission
    • 0-62mph - 11.2 seconds
    • Top speed 118mph
    • 109 bhp

     1.0-litre turbo petrol

    • 6-speed manual
    • 0-62mph - 11.1 seconds
    • Top speed 118mph
    • 118bhp

    1.4-litre turbo petrol

    • 6-speed manual
    • 0.62mph - 8.9 seconds
    • Top speed 130mph
    • 138bhp

    Later in 2017 there will be a hot hatchback version of the i30 which is meant to be called the Hyundai RN30, it'll be the first car to be produced by Hyundai’s newly founded N performance division and it will be boasting a highly tuned engine, adapted chassis, 250 bhp and be tested to perfection on the Nurburgring race circuit. 

    1.6-litre diesel

    • 74 mpg
    • Seven-speed dual clutch transmission
    • 0-62mph - 11.2 seconds
    • Top speed 118mph
    • 109 bhp

     1.0-litre turbo petrol

    • 6-speed manual
    • 0-62mph - 11.1 seconds
    • Top speed 118mph
    • 118bhp

    1.4-litre turbo petrol

    • 6-speed manual
    • 0.62mph - 8.9 seconds
    • Top speed 130mph
    • 138bhp

    Later in 2017 there will be a hot hatchback version of the i30 which is meant to be called the Hyundai RN30, it'll be the first car to be produced by Hyundai’s newly founded N performance division and it will be boasting a highly tuned engine, adapted chassis, 250 bhp and be tested to perfection on the Nurburgring race circuit.

    2017 Hyundai Specs & Grades

    Below is the full specs of each grade that's available with the new 2017 upgraded model;


    • 6 Speed Manual
    • 15” Alloy wheels
    • Led Daytime running lights
    • DAB radio
    • USB and Aux connections
    • Bluetooth
    • Steering wheel controls
    • Electric front and rear windows
    • Driver seat height adjustment
    • Body coloured exterior door handles
    • Body coloured exterior mirror
    • Body coloured Type A radiator grille
    • Centre console power outlet
    • Cloth seats
    • Conventional rear combination lamp
    • Day/night rearview mirror
    • Electric heated wide view mirrors
    • Headrest up, down and tilt functions
    • Hood insulator
    • Keyless entry
    • Alarm
    • Luggage underfloor box
    • Manual air conditioning and glove box cooling
    • Manual tilt and telescopic steering wheel adjustment
    • Map lamp and sunglasses box
    • PVC steering wheel
    • FRT fog lamp


    • S plus additions
    • 120PS Manual
    • 16” Alloy wheel
    • Front fog lamps
    • 5” LCD Touchscreen
    • Rear parking assist
    • Rear view camera
    • Leather steering wheel
    • Automatic cruise control with limiter
    • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
    • Beltline molding
    • Centre console armrest
    • Cloth centre trim
    • Electric Lumbar support (driver side)
    • Flex steering
    • Inside handle - chrome coating
    • Key set -illuminated ignition
    • Leather steering wheel and gear knob
    • Luggage power outlet
    • Passenger seat height adjuster
    • Rear centre armrest with cup holder
    • Rear parking sensor
    • Electric windows with automatic function on driver's side
    • Seat back pockets
    • Solar glass (with shade band)
    • Sunvisor (illuminated)
    • Tinted glass (with shade band)
    • Tweeter
    SE Nav
    • SE plus additions
    • Integrated satellite navigation
    • 8” LCD touchscreen
    • Bluetooth with voice recognition
    • Wireless phone charging
    • Also available with the Visibility Pack which comprises - dual LED headlights
    • 17” Alloy wheels and dual-zone climate control.  


    • SE Nav plus additions
    • 17” alloy wheels with uprated Michelin tyres,
    • dual zone climate control
    • electronic parking brake with auto hold function
    • privacy glass and heated front seats with artificial leather/cloth seat facings
    • electrically adjustable seat,
    • a supervision instrument cluster with 4.2” display
    • driver assistance systems
    • front and rear parking assist system
    • blind spot detection system
    • rear cross traffic alert
    • LED front headlights and rear combination lights.
    • At Premium trim level, the 1.4 T-GDi with a 7 speed DCT transmission and a 1.6 CRDi 110PS engine with either a 6-speed manual or 7-speed DCT transmission are also available.

     Premium SE 

    • Premium plus
    • 17” Alloy wheels
    • panoramic sunroof
    • leather seat facings
    • heated steering wheel and seats
    • Premium SE is also available with the 6 speed manual, 7 speed DCT transmission, with either the 1.4 T-GDi 140PS or 1.6 CRDi 110PS.
    • Automatic lights
    • Leather effect seats
    • Electric drivers seat
    • Dual zone climate control
    • Electronic parking brake
    • Head lamp wash
    • HID headlamp with auto levelling ALS
    • Knee airbag
    • LED rear combination lights
    • Luggage net
    • Rain sensor
    • Rear air vents
    • Smart key with engine start/stop button
    • Supervision cluster
    • Windscreen wiper de-icer


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