New Hyundai i30 Aims Straight For The Top Of The Segment

Hyundai debuted the third generation of the i30 hatchback at the Paris Motor Show, perhaps one of the most commercially important models for the Korean company.

The new Hyundai i30 is also the first generation which will spawn a family of vehicles, including a crossover and the i30 N hot-hatch derivative.

Measuring 4,340mm (170.8 in.) long, 1,795mm (70.7 in.) wide, 1,455mm tall and with a 2,650mm (57.3 in.) wheelbase, the new i30 may be 15mm (0.2 in.) shorter than its predecessor but Hyundai claims it now offers the most spacious cabin in the segment, including a 395lt boot capacity.

The engine range includes three petrol and three diesel units; base models get a naturally aspirated 1.4-litre petrol with 100PS (99hp) & 134Nm (99lb-ft) of torque. Next up we got a turbocharged 1.0-litre petrol with 120PS (118hp) and 170Nm (125lb-ft) of torque while the range-topping petrol version is powered by the brand’s new turbocharged 1.4-litre T-GDI with 140PS (138hp) and 242Nm (178lb-ft) of torque.

Those who prefer a diesel powertrain better, can choose from a 1.6-litre unit available in three states of tune: 95PS (94hp) & 280Nm (207lb-ft) of torque, 110PS (108hp) & 280Nm (207lb-ft) of torque and 136PS (134hp) with up to 300Nm (221lb-ft) of torque. All engines, both petrol and diesel ones come with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, while the 1.4 T-GDI and the two most powerful diesel versions can also be paired with a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission as an option.

The new Hyundai i30 also comes with a wide range of active safety systems, including Autonomous Emergency Braking with Front Collision Warning System, Smart Cruise Control, Blind Spot Detection, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist System, Speed Limit Information Function and High Beam Assist.

Inside there is a new standard 5-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system which comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, with customers offered the option of an eight-inch touchscreen.

The new generation of the Hyundai i30 will become available from early 2017 in the European market.


  • Kash

    The only thing I’d change is the grille, i’d make a smidge taller.

  • Matthijs

    Boring as f*ck. And I really don’t see a real difference between Hyundai and Kia when it comes to styling.

  • ErnieB

    For a minute there I thought is was a new Audi..😂😂

    • P.S.

      Picture 12/19 – that’s Peter Schrayer, former Audi designer now at Hyundai / Kia… (but you knew that didn’t you?)

  • Dennis James

    Looks almost good. A bit too much front overhang. In fact, quite a bit too much. The interior is decent, even the mandatory glued Chinese tablet does not look out of place. It does look to copy the Kia Cee’d a bit, though.

  • Very simple and conservative… I like it.


  • pcurve

    they got lazy with the c-pillar design… very unresolved.

    • Kenneth

      Yes, I’m sure Hyundai/Kia design boss, Peter Schreyer, could have used your expert guidance.

      • pcurve

        lol.. in this case, yes the certainly could’ve. It’s the same awkward c-pillar design that you see on the new equus.

  • Randy Terpstra

    IMHO, it’s more conservative and less interesting than the out-going model. Though hopefully the driving dynamics of the up-coming performance oriented ‘N’ version will get me past the blandness of the new exterior design 😀 .

    Speaking of performance and less bland exterior design…Hyundai’s i30 based RN30 Concept ~>

  • Stephen Baxter

    A korean coachbuilder made a bespoke A250 Benz?

  • fabri99

    It’s good looking, but I wanted it more…eccentric.

    • Six Thousand Times

      Yeah, I think that’s where I am, too.

  • Six Thousand Times

    It looks very grown-up but maybe too much so for a Hyundai.

  • Miknik

    The poor integration of the stereo touchscreen (either make it a podded screen or integrate it into the dash, this is a lazy compromise) ruins an otherwise nice interior for me. The exterior is inoffensive vanilla, not a reason to buy one, but certainly won’t stop you from purchase.

  • SteersUright

    This isn’t good looking enough inside or out to matter to anyone who’s a fan of the GTi and other hot hatches. The Gti isn’t a looker, but it is elegant and the interior blows away this car and most others in its class (reliability aside). Also, the Gti’s torque vectoring, and aging but charismatic engine aren’t going to be challenged by this car.

  • Paul Hojda

    The C-pillar is very ugly and the whole thing looks disproportionate, with a very low and light-looking front end and a very heavy rear. The Renault Megane and Mazda 3 look miles better than this

  • Vramura


    The new generation of the i30 has been launched down here in Australia. I went to a car dealer and to check the car in red colour which is called Fiery Red. This tone of red is slailly different than the one shown in the photo gallery in this site (which I think is from the Paris Motor Show).

    Question: Do you know how is the red colour shown in the photo gallery called?


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