Hyundai officially presented the new generation of the i30. The South Korean company claims that the new i30 has an attractive design and excellent driving behavior.
The new i30 features a new look having a hexagonal mask and vertical LED daytime running lights, with the overall design, to look more sophisticated compared to the current generation.
The car has been developed in Europe and is built on a completely revised version of the existing platform. It uses MacPherson struts in front and a multi-link rear suspension, as standard, with the shock absorbers have sports-oriented settings. According to Hyundai, the i30 has become more flexible and more responsive in handling, while it still has dynamic characteristics. The steering wheel has become more direct and responds better, while the brakes have improved as well. All these improvements help the ride comfort, making the i30, more flexible and more fun to drive.
Mechanically, the Hyundai i30 initially will be offered with three petrol engines and one diesel. Among them is a 1.4-liter turbo T-GDI producing 140 hp with 242 Nm of torque, a 1.4-liter MPI naturally aspirated delivering 100 hp with 134 Nm of torque and a three-cylinder 1-liter T-GDi turbo with 120 hp and 170 Nm of torque. The last engine will be a 1.6-liter diesel producing 95, 110 and 136 hp with 280, 280 and 300 Nm of torque respectively.
The engines can be combined with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a 7-speed automatic dual-clutch transmission. In 2017 the company will release the N version that will be equipped with a 2-liter turbo gasoline engine producing over 260 hp, with the power passing to the front axle. Initially the engine will be offered with a manual transmission, with the automatic to be added sometime in 2018. However the boss of the Hyundai sports section does not preclude the possibility that the company will release a four-wheel drive version of the i30 N, which will be the competitor of the Ford Focus RS.
The interior of the Hyundai i30 has a large “floating” touch screen of 8 inches which is available as optional, with the standard version having a 5 inch display. The infotainment system is compatible with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the car has also an inductive smart phone charger, a TomTom navigation system, a new three-spoke leather steering wheel, aluminum pedals, aluminum and black shiny decorations, a leather upholstery and an optional panoramic sunroof. Its luggage space is 395 liters and after folding the rear seats it reaches 1,300 liters.
Hyundai has placed several security features on the i30, such as an autonomous braking system, a front collision warning system, active cruise control, a blind-spot warning system, automatic high beam, a lane keeping system and others.