Hyundai i30 Fastback to cost from £20.3K

Five-door coupe variant takes range to four models.

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Hyundai i30 Fastback The Car Expert

The Hyundai i30 range will be completed in January with the launch of the Fastback version.

The five-door coupe model will cost from £20,305 when it goes on sale alongside the existing i30 hatch, Tourer estate and N performance variants (tested here).

Compared to the hatch the Fastback’s roof is 30mm lower, tapering towards the rear and meeting a spoiler integrated into the car’s body.

Hyundai says that the exterior design enhances the car’s wide stance, improves its aerodynamics and provides it with a distinctive silhouette. The width is further emphasised by a slimmer grille, an air intake below it and an angled lower spoiler. The LED daytime running lights are also of a bespoke design.

Two engines, three trims

The i30 Fastback will be available in SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE trim levels, matching the existing Hatch and Tourer models for equipment. Powertrain choices range across the 1.0 T-GDi 120hp and 1.4 T-GDi 140hp petrol engines of the Hatch, with six-speed manual gearboxes or on the 1.4 an optional seven-speed DCT auto.

Standard equipment on SE Nav models includes satellite navigation through an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone connectivity, Bluetooth with voice recognition and wireless phone charging on compatible handsets, rear parking sensors and camera, height adjustable front seats with electric lumbar adjustment to the driver’s side and a leather steering wheel.

Fastback buyers will be the first able to choose the 1-litre engine with the two upper trim levels. The Premium costs £1800 more than the SE Nav and extra equipment includes dual-zone climate control, an electronic parking brake with auto hold function, privacy glass and heated front seats with artificial leather/cloth facings. The driver’s seat is electrically adjustable, the dash gains a 4.2-inch instrument cluster display, and front parking sensors are added along with LED front headlights and rear combination lights.

Premium SE models add a panoramic sunroof, leather seat facings and a heated steering wheel for a £1300 price increase.

Hyundai also expects the new model to sell on its safety specification. Autonomous Emergency Braking is standard on all models with a forward collision warning system, as well as lane departure warning and lane keep systems and hill-hold. In addition, Premium and Premium SE models also gain a blind spot detection system and a rear cross-traffic alert for when reversing out of car-parking spaces.

Hyundai i30 Fastback The Car Expert

Andrew Charman

Andrew is the News and Road Test Editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.

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