After a short hiatus a new generation of Hyundai i30 hatchback is now ready to storm the European market and reclaim the chunky share it had of it three, four years ago. The new i30 is sleeker, more efficient, and according to Hyundai more dynamic as well, all the qualities a proper Euro hatchback should have to be successful.
The new Hyundai i30 shows what’s good about not having a corporate identity. Car makers like BMW and Mercedes-Benz have to stick within the confines of their corporate look whenever they come up with a new model, whereas Hyundai can do a 180 degree turn and design something that has nothing to do with the previous model or other cars in the range. So while the new i30 is till recognizable as a Hyundai, it shares very little with the previous generations of the car, which is not a bad thing. The car has better aerodynamics, and makes use of high-end elements such as LED lights, black spoilers, and 17 inch wheels for a more appealing look.
2017 Hyundai i30 is also enhanced in terms of interior design and refinement. You get an optional 8” floating screen, new multifunction three-spoke steering, three color options and a ton of space, and of course as always the list of comfort, convenience and safety features are pretty long. In terms of powertrains, the i30 comes this time with a 1.0 liter turbo engine (120 PS and 170 Nm) in addition to the more usual 1.4 liter (140 PS and 242 Nm) and the 1.6 liter turbo-diesel (95, 110, and 130 PS). The car also benefits from a seven-speed double-clutch transmission which is hopefully revised for a smoother operation.