Hyundai’s New i30 Fastback Is Anything But Fast

Following a preview earlier this year, Hyundai has unveiled the i30 Fastback at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

Billed as the first “five-door coupe in the compact car segment,” the i30 Fastback is intended to bring premium styling to the masses. As part of this effort, the car features a sporty exterior with a low sloping roof which tapers down to meet a large rear spoiler.

Compared to the standard five-door model, the i30 Fastback has a 25mm lower roofline and ride height that has been reduced by 5mm. The changes aren’t just skin deep as Hyundai says the i30 Fastback’s suspension is 15% stiffer than the mainstream model.

The interior largely carries over but the new design gives the Fastback a maximum cargo capacity of 1,351 liters (47.7 cubic feet). Other highlights include an optional wireless smartphone charger and an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Speaking of technology, the car comes standard with an assortment of safety systems including Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, High Beam Assist, and Lane Keeping Assist.

The entry-level engine is a turbocharged 1.0-liter three-cylinder that develops 120 PS (88 kW) and 171 Nm (126 lb-ft) of torque. It doesn’t exactly put the fast into fastback as the model accelerates from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 11.5 seconds before topping out at 188 km/h (116 mph).

The optional turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder improves things significantly as it produces 140 PS (103 kW) and 242 Nm (178 lb-ft) of torque. Thanks to the extra power, the dash from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) comes in as little as 9.2 seconds while its top speed maxes out at 208 km/h (129 mpg).

Later on, the company will introduce a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder diesel which has outputs of 110 PS (80 kW) and 136 PS (100 kW).

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  • William

    Looks great!

  • Jake Ginther

    its should come to the states!

  • fabri99

    Absolutely lovely. Hyundai should consider selling this in North America as well: there’s a big market for compact sedans and this Fastback happens to stand out from this boring segment.

  • Joe Langan

    Looks like a Chinese knock-off of the Mercedes GLC coupe

  • supermanuel

    I really like this car, I do, but if Hyundai really has called it “the first five-door coupe in the compact car segment” then they need a collective, company-wide bitch-slap. It is nothing of the sort. That statement is the sort of marketing bullsh1t that gives the entire marketing industry a bad rep. The styling of the rear of this car really does steal from the GLC Coupe as others have highlighted, but it also follows cars like the Mazda 323F Fastback from the 90’s and the current 3, as well as several previous Elantra hatchbacks.

    Still, if VW gets away with all that marketing BS on the Passatt CC and now the Arteon then why shouldn’t Hyundai give it a go?

    • Tumbi Mtika

      Exactly. That is UNACCEPTABLE.


    • Kenneth

      SUV? Where?

      • Tumbi Mtika



  • Alper

    No need to make first of something. We can count corolla liftback or 323f midrla of 90s.

  • sidewaysspin

    Bit awkward looking. Seems to small for a fastback.

  • Tumbi Mtika

    It’s not a coupe. DON’T CALL IT A FIVE-DOOR COUPE.

  • MarketAndChurch

    Shame the photographer couldn’t snap a photo of the rear… does it look that bad in person?

  • Althea Later

    intended to bring “premium styling” to the masses. That sounds so dumb.
    Premium styling has ALWAYS been available to the masses…. especially in the US.
    OMG honey, we are common-folk, make sure we don’t buy that car with nice lines… don’t want to put on airs!!!

  • Robert

    I like it

  • Chad Gordon

    Yawn. ah, er, uh, were you saying something? Oh uh…. ZZZZZZ.

  • I think the Honda Civic is more of a fastback than this

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