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Hyundai updates i30 hatchback

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Hyundai has given its Ford Focus-rivaling Hyundai i30 a mid-life nip and tuck to keep it competitive against newer rivals. The updated car gains sharper styling, modified engines and the addition of a new seven-speed twin-clutch automatic gearbox along with a powerful turbocharged petrol engine.

The updated i30 is available with five engines – three petrol units and two diesel motors – which consist of 99bhp 1.4-litre, 118bhp 1.6-litre and turbocharged 184bhp 1.6-litre petrols plus 109bhp and 134bhp 1.6-litre diesel engines. Both diesel models can also be specified with Hyundai’s new ‘DCT’ dual clutch automatic gearbox.

The new i30 Turbo – available in three-door form only – features a punchy 1.6-litre petrol motor, which pumps out a substantial 184bhp and helps the car to sprint to 60mph in a speedy eight seconds. Standard equipment on this sporty model includes 18-inch alloy wheels and a bespoke bodykit for sharper styling along with black and red fake leather and cloth sports seats and leather steering wheel inside. 

Sports suspension should make this model more agile than its siblings around corners while sat nav is also included. The Turbo version is available in three and five-door form, while all other i30s can be bought in five-door or Tourer estate form. Prices start at £22,495. At the other end of the range is the 1.6-litre 109bhp diesel, which returns claimed fuel consumption of 78.4mpg and emissions of 94g/km – low enough to warrant free car tax under current rules.

Entry-level S models include Bluetooth, air conditioning and 15-inch steel wheels, while range-topping Premium trim adds luxuries include automatic lights and wipers, heated seats and steering wheel, dual-zone climate control and powerful ‘HID’ headlights.

Prices for the revised Hyundai i30 range start at £15,195 and rise to £24,695. The new range is available to order now.

Author: Christofer Lloyd


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