New Hyundai i30 launches with £17K price tag

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New Hyundai i30 launches with £17K price tag

The all-new Hyundai i30 will go on sale on 1st March, priced from £16,995.

Described as the first in a family of new models, the third-generation Hyundai i30 was unveiled before the Paris Motor Show in September 2016 (click here for story).

The new car promises a more refined design, new powertrains and a major increase in safety technology. It is expected to continue the success of its two predecessors that have contributed a major part of Hyundai’s market growth in recent years.

Three-strong engine choice

Three engines will be available, the three-cylinder 1.0 T-GDi petrol unit of 120hp new to the i30 line-up and the 1.4 TGDi 140hp new to Hyundai. The third option is a 1.6 CRDi diesel of 110hp, while depending on model six-speed manual or seven-speed DCT auto transmissions are available.

Safety equipment standard across the Hyundai i30 range includes a Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning System, Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking and Hill Start Assist Control. All cars will also be supplied with DAB radios and Bluetooth connectivity.

Five trim levels are on offer, S, SE, SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE. The £16,995 price buys the i30 S 1.0 T-GDi 120PS six-speed manual, and the car’s specification include 15-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, USB and aux connections on the DAB radio, steering wheel control of the Bluetooth, electric front and rear windows and driver seat height adjustment.

SE versions start from £18,695 – the alloy wheels grow to 16 inches, and added are front fog lamps, a five-inch touchscreen for the DAB, rear parking sensors with a camera and a leather steering wheel.

From £19,645 again with the 1-litre engine, SE Nav versions gain integrated satellite navigation with an eight-inch LCD touchscreen, voice recognition for the Bluetooth and wireless phone charging.

Options up the range

Hyundai i30 SE Nav versions or above can be specified with the 1.4 140hp engine, costing from £23,495, and the diesel at £21,545. A £1,000 option is the Visibility Pack, comprising dual LED headlights, 17-inch alloy wheels and dual-zone climate control.

Premium models start at £22,195 with the 140hp engine. The 17-inch alloy wheels with uprated Michelin tyres, LED headlights and the dual-zone climate control are standard, as are an electronic parking brake with auto-hold function, privacy glass and heated front seats with artificial leather/cloth seat facings.

Other additions include an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a front and rear parking assist system and blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert.

Premium SE tops the range from £23,495 and adds a panoramic sunroof, leather seat facings and a heated steering wheel.

Hyundai Motor UK CEO Tony Whitehorn expects the new i30 to continue the success of previous models that have sold more than 117,000 in the UK since the first generation launched in 2007.

“The original i30 was the model that sowed the seeds of our growth and we are confident that the New Generation i30 will again bring new customers into the brand with its great looks, technology and confident dynamic abilities,” Whitehorn says.

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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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