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Facelifted Hyundai i30 to be priced from £15,195

Available to order from this Thursday (26 February), the new model brings a revised design, new seven-speed automatic gearbox and an improved engine line-up with a range-topping Turbo unit that will be the only engine available in the three-door version.

Priced from £15,195, the range starts with the i30 S, which replaces the outgoing “Classic” model and brings standard kit including: keyless entry, USB and AUX connections, Bluetooth connectivity with steering wheel remote control, and air conditioning.

The mid-range SE trims is priced from £16,495 and brings additional features such as 16-inch alloy wheels (subject to variant), auto cruise control with speed limiter, drivers electric lumbar support, rear parking sensors, leather steering wheel and gear knob. Additionally, the SE Nav derivative will offer satellite navigation with rear view camera for an extra £1,000.

Finally, the top-spec i30 Premium is priced from £20,295 and will offer HID headlights with auto leveling and AFLS, 17-inch alloy wheels, leather seat facings, dual zone climate control, heated seats, heated steering wheel and smart key with engine stop/start button.

Exterior changes see the addition of Hyundai’s trademark hexagonal grille as well as newly designed alloy wheels and two new exterior colours: Polar White and, exclusive to the i30 Turbo, Jet Black.

The i30 Turbo is also a new addition and is based on a 1.6-litre turbocharged engine, which delivers 183bhp and a 0-60 time of eight seconds.

It also brings standard equipment including 18-inch alloy wheels, Turbo sports bodykit, Turbo badge, perforated leather steering wheel with red stitching, sports suspension, satellite navigation, black and red cloth/artificial leather sports seats and LED rear tail lights. 

The i30 Turbo buyers will be available in three-door or five-door bodystyles, while the rest of the i30 range will come in five-door or Tourer form.

In total five engines will be offered, including two diesel units, a 1.6-litre engine with two power outputs – 108bhp or 133bhp, with emissions starting from 94g/km of CO2 and with up to 78.4mpg on the combined cycle. Petrol units comprise a 1.4-litre 98bhp or 1.6-litre 118bhp naturally aspirated engine, or the new 1.6-litre 183bhp Turbo-GDI engine.

The 1.6-litre diesel can now be mated to Hyundai’s new seven-speed dual clutch transmission (7DCT), which replaces the previous conventional six-speed torque-converter automatic and offers improved efficiency. Emissions for the 1.6-litre CRDi Blue Drive with the new transmission fall from 145g/km to 109g/km – reducing Bik tax by a 8%.

Further reducing fuel consumption, the i30 range benefits from Integrated Stop & Go (ISG), low rolling-resistance tyres, an alternator management system (AMS) and a drag-reducing “active air flap” in the front grille.

The new i30 arrives in showrooms from March 2015.

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for 16 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. As Business Editor, Natalie ensures the group websites and newsletters are updated with the latest news.