asian brand Hyundai presents to us the third generation of its successful compact. We refer to the Hyundai i30, a model that has already been with us for a number of years and that we can see a clear evolutionary jump greatly improving their design, style similar to that of the other brands by general practitioners in europe, but also in overall quality. In this new generation, in addition, it will highlight your great equipment safety available from the finishes to be more accessible.
The compact segment is of vital importance to any manufacturer for being the most in-demand, so that all put as much effort into their products and try to get the largest share of the market as possible. The goal that we have revealed in the presentation of the Hyundai i30 to this model is that during 2018 to reach to sell a million units.
it May sound a bit far-fetched, but seeing the growth of the i30 in the last few years is not something tremendously difficult. A point important is that it has been developed by and for Europe, in addition to also occur in the “old continent”, in the Czech Republic. As a curiosity, Hyundai claims to have invested a great number of hours performing a multitude of tests at the old Nürburgring for making his point.
on the other hand, Hyundai is the only manufacturer that manufactures their own steel. In this new refreshed model has a 53 % high-strength steel, increasing the stiffness of the body in a 22 % by comparing it with its predecessor. This new solution has allowed to reduce the weight at 28 pounds.
conservative Design but very nice
note that we are facing a generational change only with a view of the outside but, however, it is also easy to guess that it is a Hyundai. This is because the brand continues to maintain its own image, that familiar all of their products. Yes, we cannot say that this compact has not improved its design, with a lines clearly studied and focused on the european public.
front is presided over by the grill in “cascade”, as Hyundai likes to be known, and by its contours chrome. As a curiosity, the logo is totally plastic. The headlights are now more dynamic thanks in part to the LED lighting, but also more elegant. The same thing happens with the antinieblas.
side view does not differ much with that of any other compact, although it is true that the marked line that goes all around the side, from front to rear, grants muscle to your body. In the case of units available during the presentation, the tires bittern on 17 inches sitting very well to this Hyundai i30 of the third generation.
In its posterior part is where most development has received the design of this vehicle. By their pilot LED lights may recall a certain model of Volkswagen, and is that your design is very similar. In the gate and into the bumper rear you can see a strong lines of tension that increase the perception of strength and character of this south Korean born in Europe. The point of sportsmanship puts a spoiler on the rear window.
Livability superior to the average
the time Comes to see if the Hyundai i30 is a car really practical and spacious. In general, both the cabin as the trunk have increased their dimensions. The external measurements are 4,34 meters long, 1,80 wide and 1.46 high, while the battle is of 2,65 meters. In the squares in front we will have more than enough for two occupants of large in all its dimensions, although it is also true that seats have little lateral grip.
rear seats will also be quite large, reaching above the middle of the segment. Four adults can travel without problems, but with a fifth occupant, as is usual in most cars, mermará much comfort. The central plaza is more stiff and awkward, holding the backrest, an armrest for when it is not busy. A positive point is that its tunnel of transmission is not bulky. If there’s one thing to rebuke the Hyundai i30 in these squares later is the space for the knees, although it is not for nothing wrong.
Another of the strong points of this compact in south korea will be the trunk. It is quite bulky, cubicando nothing less than 395 litres, 17 more than its predecessor. In addition to their forms are quite regular, which will facilitate the distribution of the load. It also has a double bottom, so that we can put the floor in the same to two different heights, being flush in your high position with the back seats when folded down.
interior Design the order of the day
In terms of the design of the cabin, we noticed a big jump compared with the second generation model. Hyundai has made a great job incorporating the best quality materials. The upper part of the dashboard presents a fluffy, spongy, but the areas low-to medium-turn to and hard materials of worse touch. We believe that would have been better to provide also for softer materials the middle zone of the same. Yes, the visual image and the settings between the different elements is very good, with a clear improvement on the predecessor model.
on the other hand, we liked the touch and the design of the majority of controls, especially the steering wheel. In addition, everything is located in your site without complications, so that in a few minutes we will be fully adapted to this vehicle and not we will need to divert eyes from the road to find some control. It will also feature a large number of hollow slide in which to empty our pockets.
the time Comes to stand in one of the most interesting points of the new Hyundai i30. We have already mentioned in several previous sections that this compact has taken a good leap in comparison with its predecessor and, sorry for insisting, in the field of technology has also made it.
they Say from the brand name that is the model better equipped in the segment, and can that be true if we take into account that from the finish, more low-already brings with it the set of support HASP, which are the initials for Hyundai Active Safe Pack. In this set comprise the systems of braking, autonomous emergency notice of involuntary departure from the lane with correction on the steering wheel, cruise control, detector fatigue and automatic lights to change from long to short and vice versa autonomously. In the versions higher we will have adaptive cruise control, sign recognition, traffic sensing, blind spot and cross-traffic alert.
with Respect to the system of infotainment, this has seemed to have a functioning right and its handling and readability are poor; although we have only had a touchdown, so that we will detail in more depth when we have several days of a drive. The version tested was a 8-inch touch screen, although in lower versions its dimensions will be 5 inches. Here also is projected to the rear view camera.
The range of engines is composed of a mechanical diesel and gasoline, all of them supercharged. versions diesel used the same block 1.6 CRDi quite versatile, since it is available with powers of 95, 110 and 136 HP, can be purchased in the two most potent with the change automatic 7DCT with 7 gears.
The range of gas is composed of a variant 1.0 TGDI three-cylinder 120 HP, as well as a 1.4 TGDI four-cylinder that makes 140 HP. These two replace the 1.4 MPI and 1.6 GDI from the previous generation and, in theory, substantially improve their energy efficiency, although during the presentation, we have not been able to perform consumption tests that may support that.
1.4 140 HP is totally new in the brand. This engine delivers 140 HP at the high end of the account turns to 6,000 rpm, while its torque engine 242 Nm appears to only 1,500. It has 16 valves, turbo and intercooler, in addition to the direct fuel injection. It can also be combined with the change automatic 7DCT. The mark approvals, for him, a consumption of 5.4 liters per 100.
below will come the versions sports, although it is not expected to have models radical. In theory, they will be vehicles fast and dynamic but that also will live with the day-to-day in the city.
once we go through the first hundreds of meters by the city at the wheel of the Hyundai i30 2017 we realize that this car look for first and foremost a behavior comfortable. We will give an account of their orientation, when we went through the first bumps, with a pleasant filtration of the irregularities has had enough to see the new multi-link rear suspension. But for our taste this configuration soft is a somewhat excessive, as in curves and roundabouts, without circular at a high rate, the body begins to tilt. These trends will be very noticeable at speeds high, which together with the low grip of the seats is not a good combination.
Hyundai tells us that their address has been conveniently revised and improved, making it more accurate and a 10 % more direct, something that I can not evaluate because I have not driven the previous generation.
During the presentation we were able to have a brief contact with the two engines of gasoline, not having the opportunity to try any mechanical diesel.
Started by [1.0 TGDI, with its 120 HP and 171 Nm of torque. The new era of the “tricilindrismo” seems to have come to stay, at least for the moment. The tour, this variant was almost in its entirety motorway. Thanks to a few outstanding, we were able to see that, despite some developments that are excessively long, the 1.0 got a little punchy and got crown without dropping a gear and without too many problems. In this way we were the driver and a passenger, so it probably with four people and the trunk loaded on the odd occasion if we would have had to make use of the change.
a few meters of city tour that I was able to drive it left me with the feeling that, if you normally we’re going to use the Hyundai i30 for urban areas or even for highways but without too much load, the engine would be sufficient in the great majority of situations. Its operation is smooth and very linear.
1.4 TGDI showed a better response by its greater torque, with 242 Nm, and its 140 HP. Without being a propeller that gives dynamic ability, it is 1,400 achieved a recoveries are significantly better than in the case of the 1.0. This was especially visible on fast roads, where speeding up to fund a sixth showed a greater verve. A pity the long developments of his gearbox, since a transmission is more closed could be a behavior a lot more agile. Like the mechanics of lower power, it achieved a behavior that is smooth and sweet.
The weather conditions during the short days of testing were sunny, but with strong gusts of wind. This can lead to confusion, since it appeared to be noted quite a bit of noise aerodynamic in the inside on fast roads though, as I said, it is not something we can affirm. We will wait to try it out for a few days to confirm. The rolling noise itself was perceived in the cabin, noticing more in this car than in other models of competition; but without getting to be something alarming.
The Hyundai i30 is positioned as a tough competition for brands to general practitioners that take several decades have settled in the european market. Your design will not be risky, but yes like the majority of the public, featuring an image of conservative yet stylish and youthful, so the range of audience is very broad. On the other hand we have noticed a clear update in its interior, with improved material that exceeds many rivals in their competition and with a current design.
This model is positioned in the high area of the segment C in terms of habitability and space for the trunk is concerned. Anyway, coming soon there will be a variant family, which will be presented in march during the celebration of the Geneva motor show. Later we’ll meet a version with bodywork coupe in the brand referred to as the “fastback”.
clients that are searching for a Hyundai i30 with a little more dynamic character are also in luck, because within a few months appears in the range a variant with the designation of sport “N”, although it will not be a radical concept. Internally Hyundai is considering the possibility of a much more dynamic that could be around 300 HP, although there is still no official confirmation.
- Lights long automatic
- hill start assist
- Alert of involuntary change of lane active
- Alert, forward collision braking and autonomous emergency
- cruise Control with speed limiter
- Detector fatigue
- Steering, power-assisted variable
- daytime running Lights
- multifunction steering Wheel
- trip Computer
- exterior Mirrors heated and electric adjustment
- rear windows obscured
- electric Windows in the four doors
- 4 speakers
- Aux Connections and USB
- monochrome Screen of 5 inches
- reversing Camera
- fog lamps with corner illumination
- daylight LED
- parking Sensor rear
- driver’s Seat with lumbar adjustment
- Climate control bizona
- Armrest front and rear
- Mirrors electrically folding
- 6 speakers
- Charger for mobile phone induction
- Connectivity Android Auto and Apple CarPlay
- color touch Screen of 8 inches
- Wheels, 16-inch
- cross-traffic Alert rear
- Headlights LED
- 17-inch Wheels
- exterior Finishes chrome
- Housing of exterior mirrors in gloss black
- leather Seats mixed with electrically adjustable for the driver
- Entry and keyless start
- automatic Wipers
- electric parking Brake
Gallery of images of the Hyundai i30