Hyundai i30 Turbo-proof. Are you able to thrill at the wheel?

Yesterday we started to prove to you the Hyundai i30 Turbo . After reviewing its design and interior, it’s time to get behind the wheel and see if indeed Hyundai has built a match for the SEAT Leon FR. I sat back, holding my body very well and soon find a comfortable position and ergonomic driving. No complaints in this regard. I started the engine of 186 CV , who wakes up with a soft gurgling sound and interesting, from its twin tailpipes. [1.99901 million]

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The lumbar adjustment is standard for the driver, and both front seats are adjustable in height.

First of all, let’s briefly review the ergonomics . A key aspect of any modern compact, and Hyundai care. Although the dashboard is relatively high, I enjoy much space and with the wheel adjusted to my taste, perfectly see the instrumentation. The space available for legs is very good. Better than expected, I have a feeling of spaciousness that is also real. I tell my passengers behind legroom is excellent, which attest shortly thereafter.

hyundai-i30-turbo-prueba-30-mdm I get moving in town. has been somewhat difficult to get used to the touch of the accelerator perhaps too sensitive in the early stages. I do not want to start at 2000 rpm, but I find it almost impossible to do otherwise at first. Leaving aside this minor annoyance is a very usable car in town. The suspension is firm but not excessively dry and not bother the passengers. Their visibility is correct by modern standards – three hindquarters are always difficult

One thing to keep in mind. No Stop & Start. Unquenchable engine at stops.

it is relatively agile, but I expected a little more motor kick. The 1.6 T-GDI engine developed by Hyundai is also shared with the GT versions of the Kia cee’d. Responds very smoothly, unless you step on decisively. A part of me would have also liked it to be more alive. Eye, is an engine with a strong push from almost 1,500 rpm to 6,000 rpm, with strong media. But demands that are perishing far the pedal to make the best of himself.


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Without jumping to conclusions, we go to the highway. En route the Hyundai i30 Turbo is a relatively well insulated car, although measures 225/40 tires R18 are a source of noise levels that never ceases. A 120 km / h the tour approximately 2,750 engine rpm, giving a average consumption according to the onboard computer of 7.1 liters per 100 km . Given a loaded car and the use of air conditioning, I think a correct consumption. However, the SEAT Leon FR analyzed long was more frugal.

I am excited on a highway “pata negra”?

accelerates from 0-100 km / h in 8.0 seconds and has a top speed of 219 km / h according to its technical information.

After the stretch of highway, I stay alone in the car and go to my favorite road curves . The Hyundai i30 Turbo has no driving mode selector, suspension and electronic aids. Its dynamic is not adjustable. Beginning to face curves, at a rapid pace. And that’s when the car is transformed. A rapid pace the engine is no longer lazy and pushing hard. The cornering is very stable , with a clear tendency to understeer problems that prevent us if we deem bad curve.

hyundai-i30-turbo-prueba-68-mdm The engine whistles and the discharge valve turbo gives me a loud crack each time up the gas. One detail that I love about this car is its transmission . It has short, precise and hard touch tours. But a mechanic, real. Touch I notice that I am moving gears, not just a joystick. The suspension swings quite little and seats do a great job in picking my body , especially the legs. No complaints in this regard are to me like a glove.

The average consumption of Hyundai i30 Turbo is 7.3 l / 100 km, something high in its category.

The cornering is fast and I was surprised that the car feels very light . Changes direction with ease, with a well planted behind. And yet am not convinced 100%. And I think part of the blame lies with the leadership: even in its Sport mode has a good toughness, but my hands do not tell me nothing what happens under the wheels. I deprived of an important sensory input, and causes it to lose some confidence in a chassis whose setting convinced me.


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Another detail that did not convince me 100% is its engine. I have already spoken before the 1.6 T-GDI 186 hp, but even at a high rate, lacks some spark . It is strong, has a very good drive with its 265 Nm of torque – more than 250 Nm SEAT Leon 1.8 TSI FR – and stretches smoothly to 6,000 rpm . But it lacks the spark it needs Kaffir compact almost 200 hp dynamic approach. A touch more spice perhaps through a more immediate response accelerator.

Its electronic driving aids are completely detachable. Without them remains civilized.

Hyundai’s where the lost ground to Leon, getting more convincing, with more balanced dynamic set IMHO after trying it for a while. However, I think Hyundai is an excellent base to improve quickly. And they will do with the powerful Hyundai i30 N, to be launched next year it promises to put on the ropes to large compact GTI . Good management, a more playful rear, a “fat” and Hyundai Motor have a winning horse in their ranks.


The Hyundai trump card: a price of 21,580 euros

The price of this Hyundai i30 Turbo is only 21,580 euros . For this price we get a car really very equipped: it has automatic climate control, 18-inch wheels, parking sensors, light and rain sensors, addressable xenon headlights, heated steering wheel and leather / fabric. The equipment / price ratio is very hard to beat in this segment, and the only extras are the sunroof (800 €) and infotainment with navigation equipment (€ 900) plus metallic paint. [1.99901 million]
With this engine, the Hyundai i30 can not benefit from the Plan PIVE 8 and receive their aid.

The SEAT Leon FR hatchback with manual transmission and engine 1.8 TSI 180 hp currently booted by € 20,490 counting the contribution of the Plan PIVE , trade discounts, and a equipment far less than the i30 Turbo. However, it is still an alternative to consider: the Lion car is a hotter and more convincing both dynamically and in terms of quality. But it’s hard to resist the price of Hyundai i30 Turbo, and I can not hide that I liked. There has excited me, but I liked . [1.99901 million]


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