Europe's new Hyundai i30 3-door hatchback
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15th December, 2014
New styling, convenience and safety features for the European version of
the Hyundai i30 three-door, five-door and wagon.
- New i30 receives new design to accentuate Hyundai’s new 'family face' with hexagonal grille
- Upgraded engine line-up and new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission increases efficiency and driveability
- New Kappa 1.4-litre engine for increased efficiency
- Stand-out, high-value features including Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Bi-Xenon headlamps and enhanced Smart
Parking Assist System (SPAS)
- Segment-first ventilated seats provide increased comfort
New i30 Turbo
- Designed and engineered at Hyundai Motor‘s European Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany
- Developed at Hyundai’s Nürburgring testing facility with focus on sporty driving dynamics and everyday usability
- New i30 Turbo model with 186 PS, 1.6-litre T-GDI engine tuned for driving pleasure
- Sports suspension tuning and a more direct steering for more dynamic ride and handling behaviour
- Unique exterior and interior design features highlight sporty character
- Exterior design differentiated by new radiator grille, front and rear bumper with red detailing, twin exhausts and
18-inch alloy wheels
- Interior features dedicated cockpit dials, sports seats, red details on steering wheel, gear knob, door trim and
Hyundai Motor Company has revealed the new i30 to the European market, which will be on sale from March 2015. The new
i30 range features three body styles (three-door, five-door and wagon), enhanced styling, improved engine efficiency, a
new transmission, new safety and convenience features – plus the addition of a new 137 kW high performance model – the
i30 Turbo. With the new small car segment model range, fuel economy can be as low as 3.6 l/km.
New i30 is an example of Hyundai’s commitment to a regionalisation product strategy. New i30 has been designed and
engineered at Hyundai Motor's European Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany and will be built in Europe, at the
company’s plant in Nošovice, Czech Republic.
The exterior and interior design have been refreshed presenting a sophisticated package for the new i30. At the front
there is a new accentuated hexagonal grille, while the profile is refreshed by new design of wheel trims (15-inch) and
alloy wheels (16/17/18-inch). New Bi-Xenon headlamps also give the 2015 model a new look.
Chief Designer at Hyundai Motor’s Design Centre Europe, Thomas Bürkle, commented, “When designing the
second-generation i30, we used strong, fluid lines to sculpt a car that exudes a sense of constant motion, even when
stationary. We gave the car a bold stance, transmitting a confident attitude through sporty characteristics and dynamic
“The newly designed hexagonal grille’s appearance is a unique identifier for our brand and defines the new i30 as a
Hyundai family member. The jewel-like front headlamps that flank the grille add a strong personality to the vehicle, as
well as a sense of refinement and luxury.”
The new i30 is available in Europe in a range of 11 exterior colours – including 4 new colours: Polar White, Orange
Caramel, Jet Black, and Ultimate Red. Inside, the seat and cabin trim is available in a choice of three colours – black,
beige and blue– in cloth, cloth & leather or full leather variations.
SAFETY & CONVENIENCE
- New safety and convenience features from Genesis and i40 introduced
- Lane Departure Warning System adds additional safety
- Segment-first ventilated seats offer extra convenience for the customer
New safety and convenience features
New i30 expands the already comprehensive list of available active and passive safety equipment by introducing three
New Bi-Xenon headlamps, which have brighter illumination and deliver greater clarity for improved night time
visibility, feature self-levelling as standard.
For improved active safety, the Hyundai Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) is installed. It alerts the driver if the
car begins to deviate from its lane without the turn indicator being activated. LDWS - previously introduced on i40 and
Genesis - is part of Hyundai’s democratisation process of cascading advanced safety technologies into lower segments.
“For us it’s important to bring these advanced safety features to lower segments so that more consumers can benefit
from these technologies, ultimately helping to avoid accidents,” explained Christian Löer, Head of Product Management
& Pricing at Hyundai Motor Europe.
New convenience features include Hyundai’s Smart Parking Assist System (SPAS), which moves on from existing
parallel-parking aids to offer driver assistance with bay parking. Sensors monitor the parking bay and car’s position,
while an on-board computer controls the steering. Control of the accelerator and brake remain with the driver.
New ventilated front seats, known from more premium cars like the all-new Genesis or new i40, are available for the
first time on the new i30. These new ventilated front seats deliver greater convenience on hot summer days by delivering
fresh cool air to the driver’s back. In combination with the heating function, the front passengers can always adapt the
seats to their current needs and convenience in three different stages of intensity.
Apart from newly added features, the new i30 range will carry-over the generous equipment list, which includes:
10-way powered driver’s seat adjustment, heated front seats, an electric parking brake, a Smart Key with engine
start/stop button, cruise control with speed limiter, navigation system with 7-inch touch-screen, dual-zone climate
control, RDS radio/CD with MP3, iPod, Aux and USB support, six speaker audio system, ventilation for rear seat occupants,
and a panoramic glass sunroof to flood the cabin with natural light.
Available active safety features include ESC (Electronic Stability Control), VSM (Vehicle Stability Management), ABS
(anti-lock braking system), BAS (emergency Brake Assist System), HAC (Hill Assist Control) to prevent roll-back and ESS
(Emergency Stop Signal), which flashes the brake lights when an emergency stop is detected.
In terms of passive safety, every new i30 in Europe is fitted with six airbags – front, side and full length curtain
as standard – while a driver’s knee airbag is optional. The second-generation i30 was awarded the maximum five-star
safety rating in Euro NCAP’s impact assessment programme and the new i30 features the same structural integrity.
The new i30 carries over the key dimensions of the original, with a generous wheelbase (2,650 mm) and overall width
(1,780 mm excluding door mirrors), which provide a cabin with impressive roominess. Space for front seat occupants is
among the best-in-class with generous head (1,021 mm), leg (1,067 mm) and shoulder (1,420 mm) room. Cargo capacity
remains highly competitive – 378 litres (hatch) and 528 litres (wagon) with the rear seats upright.
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ENGINES & TRANSMISSIONS
- New top of the range 101 kW 1.6-litre turbo engine introduced
- Newly developed 1.4-litre petrol engine with improved efficiency
- Seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for better efficiency and driveability
Improved engines, plus a new 7-speed DCT transmission
The new i30 is available with an expanded choice of seven diesel or petrol power units – all Euro6-compliant - with
power outputs ranging from 66 kW to 137 kW and CO2 emissions from as low as 94 g/km.
Buyers will have a choice of three diesel engines, a 1.4-litre with 66 kW and a 1.6-litre in two power output versions
of 81 kW and 100 kW.
Customers who prefer petrol can select from three natural aspirated power units, delivering from 74 kW to 99 kW, or
the new 137 kW Turbo-GDI engine fitted to the new i30 Turbo.
For the new European i30, the 74 kW 1.4-litre Gamma engine is replaced by a newly developed four-cylinder Kappa unit.
This 1,352 cc engine is significantly lighter than its predecessor, the Gamma 1.4-litre engine. At only 87 kg, the engine’s
base weight has been reduced by 14 kg, resulting in lower fuel consumption rating and CO2 emissions of 5.6 l/100 km and of
129 g/km CO2 respectively.
The two 1.6-litre diesels and the 1.6-litre petrol GDI engine are available with the new seven-speed DCT (Dual Clutch
Transmission). This option replaces the previous compact, conventional six-speed torque-converter automatic. The new
7-speed DCT offers drivers fully automatic operation (ideal for town driving) or sequential manual gear changes for
greater driver involvement.
In terms of fuel saving technologies, the new i30 features: Integrated Stop & Go (ISG), low rolling-resistance
tyres, an alternator management system (AMS) and a drag-reducing ‘active air flap’ in the front grille.
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- Improved NVH for higher comfort and a quieter cabin
- Upgraded steering for more precision and handling characteristics
- Bodyshell, wheelbase and track remain unchanged as excellent foundation
Delivering a better driving experience
The cabin of the new i30 is now even quieter with improved NVH levels to deliver higher comfort for all passengers.
The permanently-magnetised Brushless Alternating Current motor-driven power steering system has been upgraded for more
precise steering and improved handling characteristics.
The robust bodyshell, long wheelbase (2,650 mm) and wide track (up to 1,571 mm) were unchanged as they provide an
excellent foundation for the operation of the fully independent suspension, by MacPherson Struts at the front and a
multi-link system at the rear. The electric rack and pinion power steering with its responsive 2.85 turns from
lock-to-lock and the option of Hyundai’s innovative FLEX STEER system (with three operating modes, Comfort, Normal and
Sport) is also still on board.
The all-disc braking system, with 280 or 300 mm ventilated front discs and 262 or 284 mm solid rear discs provide
reassuring stopping capabilities.
NEW I30 TURBO
- New i30 Turbo model with 137 kW tops the new i30 range
- Developed at Hyundai’s Nürburgring testing facility with focus on sporty driving dynamics and everyday usability
- Tuned suspension and more direct steering for a more dynamic ride and handling behaviour
- Unique design features on exterior and interior highlight sporty character
For buyers looking for more sporty driving dynamics and distinctive design without compromising driveability and
comfort, Hyundai is adding a new top-of-the-range model to the new i30 line-up for 2015.
The new i30 Turbo is powered by a turbo-charged version of the 1.6-litre Gamma GDI engine. Jürgen Grimm, Head of
Powertrain at the Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany explains:
“We wanted to add a powerful but not aggressive engine to the i30 line-up as our focus was on driver enjoyment, not
simply performance figures. By engineering maximum power output to 137 kW at 5,500 rpm, we could achieve a significant
increase in low end torque, delivering more linear acceleration and greater driveability of the engine.”
The engine generates 265 Nm of torque from just 1,500 to 4,500 revs, which results in a more dynamic acceleration
performance. The power is delivered to the front wheels through a six-speed manual transmission. Acceleration to 100 km/h
takes 8.0 seconds.
To complement the 28 per cent hike in power and 38 per cent increase in torque (over the 1.6L GDI model), the i30
Turbo is fitted with sports suspension tuning, new 18-inch alloy wheels and tyres and a more direct steering (2.78
turns lock-to-lock). The Turbo model is fitted with 300 mm ventilated discs (front) and 284 mm solid discs (rear).
To deliver a sporty drive, tuned to European roads, the i30 Turbo was engineered at Hyundai’s Test Centre at the
famous Nürburgring in Germany. Tuning the car’s sporty characteristics was carried out alongside an ‘Accelerated
Durability Test’ that simulates a normal vehicle’s lifecycle in just four to six weeks, covering 110 laps of the
demanding circuit per week. Every lap of the 20.8 km long, very demanding track is comparable to nearly 380 km on
normal road use.
The team at Hyundai’s European design centre made a host of changes to i30 Turbo to differentiate it from its
siblings. Exterior design features bespoke to the new i30 Turbo highlight the car’s sporty character including a new
radiator grille, front and rear bumper with red detailing, new front LED design, twin exhausts and 18-inch alloy
Continuing the car’s distinctive design on the inside, the designers specified a black headlining, sports front seats
and rear seats with red detailing, sports instrument cluster and contrasting red details on the steering wheel, gear
knob and door trims.
The new i30 Turbo will be available in both three-door and five-door hatchback body styles, in a range of unique paint
finishes including the new colour: Jet Black - exclusive for Turbo model.
The Australian version of the new Hyundai i30 will be released in 2015. Stay tuned to Next Car for details
about the local specifications and prices in due course.
Specifications are subject to change without notice.