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Hyundai I30 HATCHBACK 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr

Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
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Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr
Hyundai I30 1.4T GDI Premium 5dr

Key Info Compare

  • FuelPetrol
  • TransmissionManual
  • MPG52.30
  • 0-62mph8.9 secs
  • Top Speed130 mph
  • C02124 g/km
  • BHP140
  • Torque179 lbs/f
  • P11D25%

Review

If, in choosing a Focus-sized Family Hatchback, you merely want to buy a very good one and pay as little as possible for it, then Hyundai has a proposition for you - its much improved third generation i30. With more efficient engines, a smarter look and the option of an impressive dual-clutch 7-speed auto gearbox, it's certainly a more competitive proposition than before. Spacious, sensibly-specced and value-laden, this is one car that all the other big volume manufacturers are keeping their eye on.

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Hyundai's i30 is a Focus-sized family hatch that's been improving, generation by generation. This MK3 model really accelerates its aspirations. Jonathan Crouch reports

Background

Cast your mind back to 2007. That was the year the very first Hyundai i30 family hatchback appeared, a Focus-sized model that completely changed the way we thought about Korean cars. Since then, this Asian maker has transformed itself from budget brand to the point where it's now a mainstream quality choice. Can this significantly improved MK3 model i30 help Hyundai progress further in its relentless march to full automotive credibility? It's very firmly a product of evolution rather than revolution. But there's an upgraded engine line-up including a more efficient 1.4-litre T-GDI petrol powerplant. Buyers also get a high-tech dual-clutch 7-speed automatic transmission option. And cutting-edge standards of electronic safety and media connectivity. It all sounds quite promising doesn't it? But then, if this i30 is going to be able to keep pace in this closely-fought segment, it's going to need to be.

Driving Experience

The prospects look good. Let's look at the engines on offer - there are three petrol units and one diesel. If you're a mainstream buyer fuelling from the green pump, you'll be choosing between a couple of advanced T-GDI units, a three cylinder 1.0-litre 120PS variant and a four cylinder 140PS 1.4-litre derivative, which can be ordered either with a six-speed manual gearbox or 7speed DCT auto transmission. The same transmission choices are also offered to diesel folk, who get the 1.6-litre CRDi 110PS powerplant carried over from the previous generation line-up. At the top of the range, the i30 N hot hatch gets a 2.0 TGDI petrol unit developing either 250 or 275PS. We're already familiar with the 1.0 T-GDI powerplant from the i20 - here it develops 170Nm of torque. Newer to us though, is the 1.4 T-GDI variant. This unit puts out 242Nm of torque and works well with the dual-clutch transmission where it offers the user two drive modes: 'normal' and 'sport'. In 'sport' mode, you get a different shift pattern that holds gears longer before shifting, plus the steering provides a sporty feel and the throttle response is adapted. Hyundai says it's put a lot more work into ride and handling this time round, developing this car in Europe at venues like the famous Nurburgring Nordschliefe. This is where the marque's first high performance 'N'-branded i30 model was developed, a variant we'll see shortly. In more mainstream i30 variants, the completely reworked chassis should certainly make the car feel more responsive, aided by more accurate electric power steering that is supposed to be 10% more direct than before.

Design and Build

There's a choice of three i30 bodystyles, a five-door hatch, a 'Tourer' estate and a sleeker five-door 'Fastback' model. Either way, you'll find the front end marked by the brand's latest stylistic signature, its so-called 'Cascading Grille'. In combination with the three-projector LED headlamps and the vertical LED daytime running lights, this gives the car a much stronger visual presence than it had before. To further enhance this, projector-type front fog lamps are integrated into the air curtains. Under the skin, the structure is much stronger, with 53% of the framework now fashioned from Advanced High Strength Steel. It's much smarter and classier inside too. The floating screen of the optional eight-inch navigation touch screen on the dashboard integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features and there's a redesigned multifunction three-spoke steering wheel too. For enhanced comfort, the front seats can be heated or cooled in three stages. When customers choose power seats, these can be adjusted in 10-ways including lumber support. There's an optional panoramic glass roof to fit with the current segment trend. And bootspace has been slightly increased - to 395-litres. Overall seats-folded space is slightly down on before though, now rated at 1,301-litres. Versatility is enhanced with a practical two-stage luggage board and a ski hatch in the rear centre seat. Go for the Tourer estate version and you get a 602-litre boot, extendable to 1,650-litres.

Market and Model

Pricing starts from around £17,000 and goes up to well over £30,000 across the choice of five-door hatch, 'Tourer' estate, five-door 'Fastback' and i30 N variants. These figures underline the fact that Hyundai no longer feels the need to pitch its products against bargain brands. The 1.0 T-GDI 120PS petrol variant can be ordered in an entry-level 'S' guise but otherwise, the mainstream range is based around 'SE', 'SE Nav', 'Premium', 'Premium SE' and 'N Line' trim options. As for equipment levels across the range, well Hyundai isn't holding back. There's dual-zone climate control to ensure a comfortable environment for all occupants during long journeys. Plus niceties like a panoramic sunroof and a heated steering wheel are optional, as is a Navigation system you operate via an 8-inch touchscreen on the dash. Safety has been a particular feature of the development of this car. The key news is that all variants get Autonomous Emergency Braking, a system that scans the road ahead as you drive, the set-up looking for potential collision hazards. If one is detected, you'll be warned. If you don't respond - or aren't able to - the brakes will automatically be applied to decrease the severity of any resulting accident. Other key i30 safety features include a 'Driver Attention Alert' system, 'Smart Cruise Control', a 'Blind Spot Detector, 'Rear-Cross Traffic Alert', a 'Lane Keeping Assist System', a 'Speed Limit Information Function' and 'High Beam Assist'.

Cost of Ownership

The introduction of new engine technology has kept Hyundai right on the pace of the class best when it comes to efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. These can be as low as 99g/km if you opt for the 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, which also manages 67.3mpg on the combined cycle. The 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol unit puts out 115g/km of CO2 and manages 48.7mpg. And the 1.4-litre T-GDI variant delivers 124g/km and 42.8mpg. Fuel saving technologies include Integrated Stop & Go (ISG), low rolling-resistance tyres, an alternator management system (AMS) and a drag-reducing 'active air flap' in the front grille, similar to the technology introduced on the Ford Focus. All of this is aided by a slippery drag coefficient and the 7DCT auto gearbox provides an improvement in fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of up to 20% compared to a conventional six-gear automated transmission. Residual values of the old i30 suffered a little due to market oversupply which is a nice problem for Hyundai to have but one that can come back and bite them when looking for repeat business. That problem tailed off a little towards the end of the previous model's life when buyers were able to negotiate bigger discounts from the new list price, offsetting the depreciation somewhat.

Summary

In summary then, an effective package - as this i30 has always been. For complete desirability in this segment though, you sense that in the future, a touch of unpredictability might be needed from Hyundai when it comes to a car of this sort, something truly ground-breaking that still ticks all the boxes on every Family Hatch buyer's wish list. We've little doubt that one day, the brand will provide it. In the meantime though, what we already have here is still enough to leave the industry's more established car makers with furrowed brows. Ultimately, it's hard to do too much better for the money. Which means that for the time being at least, the i's still have it.

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Exterior Features
Solid paint
Aero wiper + intermittent function
Auto dimming rear view mirror
Automatic defog system
Automatic front rain sensing wipers
Automatic headlights
Black front grille with chrome accent
Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
Body coloured bumpers
Chrome beltline
Chrome door handles
Chrome window surround
Cornering headlights
Door mirror puddle lights
Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
Electric folding door mirrors
Electric front and rear windows + anti trap + one touch
Follow me home headlights
Front/rear fog lights
Headlamp levelling
LED brake lights
LED daytime running lights
LED Headlights
LED tail lights
Rear privacy glass
Rear spoiler
Rear wash/wipe
Shark fin antenna
Smart beam
Solar glass with windscreen shade band
Driver Convenience
8" touch screen sat nav with TMC
Apple car play/Android Auto
Blind spot monitor
Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition
Cruise control + speed limiter
Digital clock
Driver alert system
Dusk sensor
Engine start/stop button
Forward collision warning
Front and rear parking sensors
Lane departure warning system
Lane keep assist
Parking system with rear camera and guidance system
PAS
Rear cross traffic alert
Roll over sensor
Smartphone wireless charging plate
Supervision cluster
Trip computer
Windscreen washer level indicator
Entertainment
6 speakers
DAB Digital radio
RDS radio with MP3 player
Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
USB/aux input socket
Interior Features
12V accessory power point in centre console
12v socket in front centre armrest storage compartment
12V socket in luggage compartment
60/40 split folding flat to floor rear seats
Centre console storage with lid
Chrome effect interior door handles
Cloth/leather upholstery
Driver's electric adjustable lumbar support
Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
Dual zone climate control
Electric adjust driver's seat
Front and rear door pockets
Front and rear interior lights with delay
Front cupholders
Front map reading lights
Front passenger seat height adjust
Front sliding armrest with storage compartment
Front/rear adjustable head restraints
Glove compartment
Heated front seats
Height/reach adjustable steering column
Isofix rear child seat fastenings
Leather gear knob
Leather handbrake
Leather steering wheel
Luggage compartment lighting
Rear air vents
Rear armrests with cupholder
Ski bag through loading
Sunglasses holder
Variable boot floor
Safety
3x3 point rear seatbelts
ABS
Active front headrests
Autonomous emergency braking
Childproof rear door locks
Curtain airbags
Driver/Front Passenger airbags
EBD + Brake Assist
Electronic parking brake with auto hold
Electronic Stability Programme
Emergency stop signalling system
Fasten seatbelt reminder
Front seatbelt pretensioners
Front side airbags
Height adjustable front seatbelts
Hill start assist control (HAC)
Passenger airbag deactivate switch
Traction control
Tyre pressure monitor
Security
Deadlocks
Drive away door locking
Folding key
Immobiliser
Keyless entry and start
Locking wheel nuts
Remote central locking
Speed sensitive auto door locking
Thatcham cat 2 ultrasonic alarm
Technical
Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
Wheels
17"10 spoke two tone alloy wheels
Emergency spare wheel
Emissions - ICE
CO2 (g/km) 132
Standard Euro Emissions EURO 6
WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb 142
Engine and Drive Train
Camshaft DOHC
Catalytic Convertor Yes
CC 1353
Compression Ratio 10:0:1
Cylinder Layout IN-LINE
Cylinders 4
Cylinders - Bore (mm) 71.6
Cylinders - Stroke (mm) 84
Engine Layout FRONT TRANSVERSE
Fuel Delivery TURBO INJECTION
Gears 6 SPEED
Number of Valves 16
Transmission MANUAL
Fuel Consumption - ICE
EC Combined (mpg) 48.7
EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies Yes
EC Extra Urban (mpg) 56.5
EC Urban (mpg) 39.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb 6.3
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High 6.6
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High 5.4
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low 7.8
WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium 6
WLTP - MPG - Comb 44.8
WLTP - MPG - Extra High 42.8
WLTP - MPG - High 52.3
WLTP - MPG - Low 36.2
WLTP - MPG - Medium 47.1
General
Badge Engine CC 1.4
Badge Power 140
Coin Description T GDI
Coin Series Premium
Generation Mark 2
Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07 15E
Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years 10
Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years 5
NCAP Adult Occupant Protection % 88
NCAP Child Occupant Protection % 84
NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09 5
NCAP Pedestrian Protection % 64
NCAP Safety Assist % 68
Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern? No
Service Interval Frequency - Months 12
Service Interval Mileage 10000
Special Edition No
Special Order No
Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage Unlimited
Standard manufacturers warranty - Years 5
Vehicle Homologation Class M1
Performance
0 to 62 mph (secs) 8.9
Engine Power - BHP 140
Engine Power - KW 103
Engine Power - RPM 6000
Engine Torque - LBS.FT 179
Engine Torque - MKG 24.7
Engine Torque - NM 242
Engine Torque - RPM 1500
Top Speed 130
Test Cycles
Emissions Test Cycle Second Act
Tyres
Alloys? Yes
Space Saver? Yes
Tyre Size Front 225/45 R17
Tyre Size Rear 225/45 R17
Tyre Size Spare SPACE SAVER
Wheel Type 17" ALLOY
Vehicle Dimensions
Height 1455
Length 4340
Wheelbase 2650
Width 1795
Width (including mirrors) 2039
Weight and Capacities
Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres) 50
Gross Vehicle Weight 1820
Luggage Capacity (Seats Down) 1301
Luggage Capacity (Seats Up) 395
Max. Loading Weight 616
Max. Roof Load 80
Max. Towing Weight - Braked 1400
Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked 600
Minimum Kerbweight 1204
No. of Seats 5
Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb 10.6

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Exterior Features
Metallic paint £585.00
Pearlescent paint £585.00
Paintwork
Metallic - Champion Blue £585.00
Metallic - Fiery Red £585.00
Metallic - Micron Grey £585.00
Metallic - Olivine Grey £585.00
Metallic - Stellar blue £585.00
Metallic - White sand £585.00
Pearl - Phantom black £585.00
Pearl - Platinum silver £585.00
Solid - Engine red FOC
Solid - Polar white FOC
Trim
Cloth/leather - Black FOC
Cloth/leather - Black/slate grey FOC
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