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Facelifted Hyundai i30 advances game

Hyundai’s third-generation i30 has been updated with new safety and connectivity technologies plus mild hybrid powertrains that offer increased efficiency.

Facelifted Hyundai i30 and i30 N Line

Debuting at the Geneva Motor Show, the latest i30 – offered in the usual Hatchback, Fastback and Wagon bodystyles – introduces new exterior styling, including a wider grille and headlamps with optional multifaceted reflector LED technology and new V-shaped signature LED daytime running lights. At the rear, changes bring a new bumper design and updated LED combination lamps, while new alloy wheel choices are also on offer.

The N Line trim – offered on the i30 Hatchback and Fastback – also receives updates, introducing changes to the grille, rear bumper and rear fog lights, and new 17-inch or 18-inch wheel designs, along with tuning updates for suspension and steering in combination with the 1.5 T-GDi 160PS engine.

Engine range updates to the new i30 see the 120hp 1.0-litre T-GDI petrol engine now available with a new seven-speed dual clutch transmission, in addition to the previously available six-speed manual transmission.

In addition, the 120hp 1.0-litre T-GDI engine is now available with 48-volt mild hybrid technology and a six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission that disconnects from the engine when the driver lifts off the accelerator to save fuel; a seven-speed dual clutch transmission is also available.

The 136hp 1.6-litre diesel engine now comes as standard with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. It is available with either the six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission or seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

At the top of the range is the new 160hp 1.5-litre T-GDI engine – only offered on the N Line in the UK and again coming as standard with 48-volt mild hybrid technology. It is also available with a six-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission or a seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Equipment updates introduce an new seven-inch digital cluster and a new 10.25-inch navigation touchscreen along with Android Auto and Apple Car Play full compatibility, wireless phone mirroring (from summer 2020) and wireless phone charging.

There’ll also be the option of Bluelink Connected Car Services for the first time, providing live information and the control of the car via an app. Customers who choose navigation receive a five-year free subscription to Bluelink and the Hyundai LIVE Services, which include  real-time traffic powered by TomTom, and online voice recognition.

An improved Hyundai SmartSense advanced safety package also debuts and includes Lane Following Assist, which automatically adjusts steering to help keep the vehicle centred in its lane, Rear Collision-avoidance Assist and Leading Vehicle Departure Alert; a system which warns the driver when the vehicle ahead of them starts moving forward and they don’t react quickly enough – for example, at traffic lights.

The i30 also features the rear Blind Spot Detection system, which warns the driver if there’s another vehicle in their blind spot.

As with previous versions of the i30, Front Collision-Avoidance Assist with pedestrian detection, Driver Attention Warning (DAW), High Beam Assist (HBA), Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW), and Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) are also standard.

Also new to the i30, the eCall feature automatically contacts emergency services in the event that the airbag sensors are triggered.

The facelifted i30 arrives in the UK towards the end of the year.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.