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Hyundai i30: Hyundai has an I on the prize with third generation car

By Paul Connolly

Sometimes it’s hard to keep up with the relentless march of vehicle technology. Much as I do love my tech, the sheer amount available in cars is becoming both a source of amazement and some bewilderment.

Take, for instance, the new Hyundai i30. It’s not an exaggeration to say the i30 is an important car for the Korean manufacturer. It sits in the highly competitive family hatchback segment, which means it’s up against accomplished big sellers like the Ford Focus, VW Golf and Vauxhall Astra.

As if that list wasn’t formidable enough, there’s also the likes of the Seat Leon, Renault Megane and  half-sister the Kia Cee’d.

The i30 dates back to 2007 as Hyundai made a serious bridgehead into Europe by establishing a factory in the Czech Republic. For 2017, there is a brand new third generation car, and it’s a further declaration of intent from Hyundai in its quest to be the world’s No.1 Asian automotive brand.

The i30 is the most important model in Hyundai’s global power play, and this is where the technology comes in.

The car is absolutely stuffed with tech and driver assists, many available as standard on even the entry-level car.

Thus, from a driver/passenger safety standpoint, you get all this: Lane Departure Warning System, Forward Collision Warning System, Lane Keep Assist, Autonomous Emergency Braking, and Hill Start Assist Control.

It’s not that long ago that a Lane Departure Warning System, for example, was only available in top spec, higher end cars.

But back to basics. The third-generation car needs to perform. The i30 has sold 117,000 models in the UK, 70,000 of those being the second-generation car.

Hyundai will want the all-new 2017 car to exceed these figures. The new look should help: there’s a new ‘cascading grille’, LED headlamps and running lights, a long bonnet, short front and rear overhangs and a rear spoiler — all of which combine to lend a sportier look over the outgoing model.

Setting off the look is a range of new wheels: 17-inch two-tone 10-spoke alloys, 16-inch two-tone 10-spoke alloys or 15-inch alloy steel wheels.

The cabin has had an extensive makeover, with higher quality materials used in a bid to take on mighty Ford and VW.

The floating screen of the (optional, it has to be pointed out) eight-inch navigation touch screen on the dashboard integrates all navigation, media and connectivity features in a neat and easy-to-use fashion.

The new car is powered by a range of three small-displacement turbocharged petrol engines, plus one diesel alternative, all with Integrated Stop and Go as standard.

One interesting development is a 1.4 T-GDI turbocharged four cylinder engine — a Hyundai first — delivering 140PS.

The more usual powerplants will be the 1.0 T-GDI turbocharged three cylinder engine with 120PS or the 1.4 MPI four cylinder with 100PS.

The single diesel, a 1.6-litre turbocharged four cylinder unit, is available with three power outputs: 95, 110 and 136PS.

Transmission comes as either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch. There are five trim levels, namely S, SE, SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE.

S trim offers a 1.0 T-GDI 120PS six-speed manual, with 15-inch alloy wheels, DAB radio with USB and aux connections, Bluetooth with steering wheel controls, and electric front and rear windows.

Trade up to SE and you open up the 1.0 T-GDI 120PS manual engine, a rear-view camera and ADAB radio with five-inch LCD touchscreen.

SE Nav, as the name suggests, adds integrated satnav and an eight-inch touchscreen and also that tasty new 140PS engine, the 1.4 T-GDI.

By the time you pass Premium trim and on to Premium SE, there’s a whole range of goodies including a nice panoramic sunroof.

Prices start at £16,995 for the S trim and rise all the way to £23,495 for entry to the Premium SE range.

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