Hyundai has released its facelifted version of the i30 hatchback, and will soon be hitting the rad with a range-topping turbo version. The updates will compete with its Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and Mazda3 rivals, and tempt buyers away from the other contenders.
The most obvious change to the new i30 is its looks, as the brand has brought the model in line with its new styling theme. This means a hexagonal grille across the front, new alloy wheel designs and extra paint options for buyers. Swept-back headlamps and daytime running lights remain to help the compact stand out on the road.
On top of its new look the i30's performance has also been tweaked. The 1.6-litre diesel and petrol engines can be chosen with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox, which replaces the previous six-speed torque converter transmission. It enables drivers to choose between fully automatic and manual changes, whichever best suits the journey ahead. Meanwhile, the 1.4-litre petrol engine has been swapped for a four-cylinder Kappa unit with better economy and lower emissions, but the biggest change is the introduction of a turbo version.
A 183bhp turbocharged 1.6-litre model will sit at the top of the range as a rival to the Kia cee'd GT, featuring a responsive six-speed manual gearbox and tuned suspension. The focus has clearly been on a sporty and exciting driving dynamic, with the turbo replacing the outgoing Veloster.
For the rest of the model family, Hyundai has included extra kit for buyers to enjoy. A seven-inch touchscreen display with satellite navigation joins cruise control and dual-zone climate control, plus various active safety technologies such as lane departure warning.
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