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Hyundai i30 Motoring Review

HYUNDAI’S i30 adds another sharp arrow to its arsenal - an attractive hatchback with new levels of stylish design and a refined finish that has made the opposition take serious note.

With a newly designed exterior body showing the elegant lines of Hyundai’s “fluidic sculpture” styling philosophy, the new i30 fits in perfectly in the wide and versatile range of models in the Korean manufacturer’s line-up.

The new-generation i30 was given its striking good looks by the team at Hyundai Motor Europe Design Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany. The i30, which had its public unveiling at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show, is a car that the company expects will build on the success of the original model thanks to enhanced design, quality, performance and efficiency.

In South Africa the new i30 range will initially consist of the 1.6 GLS and 1.8 GLS derivative, both with advanced and powerful petrol engines.

The new-generation i30 also bears Hyundai’s signature frontal feature – the hexagonal-shaped grille.

The hexagonal appearance is unique to Hyundai and defines the i30 as a family member.  The jewel-like front headlamps, which flank the grille, add a strong personality to the vehicle, as well as a sense of refinement and luxury.

Moreover, the all-new i30 is the latest example of how Hyundai is redefining the luxury compact and setting new standards in automobile design and functionality. With its sophisticated styling, spacious and innovative interior and advanced performance and convenience features, the i30 offers something for everyone. It has a sporty appearance that will appeal to young, progressive buyers who seek performance, coupled with a stylish design.

From the side, the i30 projects a dynamic body line with its fluidic sculpture promising high energy. The attractive alloys – 16-inch for the i30 1.6 and 17-inch for the i30 1.8 – add a sporty touch to the complete picture. The rear of the i30 features an aerodynamic design of stylish curvatures with a rear combination lamp that blends naturally into the wheel arches.

The new-generation i30 will be available in a choice of two petrol variants, with power and torque outputs ranging from 95kW and 157Nm for the 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine to 110kW and 178Nm for the 1.8-litre in the top-end derivative.

Buyers will be offered a choice between manual and automatic six-speed transmissions, with both units providing a refined driving experience and enhanced fuel efficiency. The 1.6-litre engine is matched to a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic gearbox with the choice of manual shifting, while the 1.8 derivative comes with a six-speed manual transmission.

Cabin refinement and specification on the new-generation i30 have been inspired by the high standards set in the rest of the Hyundai range, and true to the modern premium qualities of the brand’s range of vehicles. Behind the wheel, for example, drivers benefit from Hyundai’s new Flex Steer™ option.  With three operating modes – Comfort, Normal and Sport – the system can be used to vary the level of steering assistance and feedback in order to suit driving conditions and make the journey more pleasurable. 

Customers will benefit from the new-generation i30’s roomier interior compared to the previous model.  The overall length (4 300 mm) and width (1 780 mm) have been increased, while the height has been reduced (1 470 mm), generating sportier exterior proportions without compromising functionality.  Cargo capacity in the new-generation i30 is 378 litres with the rear seats upright – an increase of 10 percent compared to the original model.

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