Standard EquipmentTechnical SpecificationOptional ExtrasIndependent Review

Driver Convenience

  • Apple car play/Android Auto
  • Blind spot monitor
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Digital clock
  • Driver alert system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Lane departure warning system
  • Lane keep assist
  • Parking guidance system
  • PAS
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Rear view camera
  • Supervision cluster
  • Touchscreen colour Satellite Navigation
  • Trip computer
  • Windscreen washer level indicator
  • Wireless charging pad

Entertainment

  • 6 speakers
  • DAB Digital radio
  • RDS radio with MP3 player
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • USB/aux input socket

Exterior Features

  • Adjustable intermittent wipers
  • Auto dimming rear view mirror
  • Automatic defog system
  • Automatic front rain sensing wipers
  • Automatic headlights
  • Black front grille with chrome accent
  • Body colour door mirrors
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome door handles
  • Chrome window surround
  • Cornering headlights
  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Electric front + rear windows - anti trap + one touch
  • Follow me home headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Headlamp levelling
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Rear spoiler
  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Smart beam
  • Solar glass with windscreen shade band

Interior Features

  • 12V accessory power point in centre console
  • 12v socket in front centre armrest storage compartment
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • 60/40 split folding flat to floor rear seats
  • Centre console storage
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Cloth/leather upholstery
  • Driver's electric adjustable lumbar support
  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors
  • Dual zone climate control
  • Electric adjust driver's seat
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front and rear interior lights with delay
  • Front cupholders
  • Front map reading lights
  • Front passenger seat height adjust
  • Front sliding armrest with storage compartment
  • Front/rear adjustable head restraints
  • Glove compartment
  • Heated front seats
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Leather gear knob
  • Leather handbrake
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Rear air vents
  • Rear armrests with cupholder
  • Ski bag through loading
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Variable boot floor

Safety

  • 'Childproof' rear door locks
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • ABS
  • Active front headrests
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • EBD + Brake Assist
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic Stability Programme
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Front side airbags
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Traction control
  • Tyre pressure monitor

Security

  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Deadlocks
  • Drive away door locking
  • Folding key
  • Keyless entry and start
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking

Technical

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

Wheels

  • 17" alloy wheels
  • Emergency spare wheel

Emissions

CO2 (g/km)

120

HC+NOx

Particles

Standard Euro Emissions

EURO 6

Engine and Drive Train

Camshaft

DOHC

Catalytic Convertor

1

CC

998

Compression Ratio

10.0:1

Cylinder Layout

IN-LINE

Cylinders

3

Cylinders - Bore (mm)

71

Cylinders - Stroke (mm)

84

Engine Layout

FRONT TRANSVERSE

Fuel Delivery

TURBO INJECTION

Gears

6 SPEED

Number of Valves

12

Transmission

MANUAL

Fuel Consumption

EC Combined (mpg)

54.3

EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies

1

EC Extra Urban (mpg)

61.4

EC Urban (mpg)

47.1

General

Badge Engine CC

1

Badge Power

120

Based On ID

Coin Description

T GDI

Coin Series

Premium

Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07

9E

Man Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years

10

Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years

5

NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %

NCAP Child Occupant Protection %

NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09

NCAP Pedestrian Protection %

NCAP Safety Assist %

Safety Concerns?

1

Service Interval Frequency - Months

12

Service Interval Mileage

10000

Special Edition

1

Special Order

1

Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage

0

Standard manufacturers warranty - Years

5

Vehicle Homologation Class

M1

Performance

0 to 62 mph (secs)

11.5

Engine Power - BHP

120

Engine Power - KW

88

Engine Power - RPM

6000

Engine Torque - LBS.FT

126

Engine Torque - MKG

17.4

Engine Torque - NM

171

Engine Torque - RPM

1500

Top Speed

117

Tyres

Alloys?

1

Space Saver?

1

Tyre Size Front

225/45 R17

Tyre Size Rear

225/45 R17

Tyre Size Spare

SPACE SAVER

Wheel Style

Wheel Type

17" ALLOY

Vehicle Dimensions

Height

1425

Height (including roof rails)

Length

4455

Wheelbase

2650

Width

1795

Width (including mirrors)

Weight and Capacities

Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres)

50

Gross Vehicle Weight

1820

Luggage Capacity (Seats Down)

1351

Luggage Capacity (Seats Up)

450

Max. Loading Weight

578

Max. Roof Load

80

Max. Towing Weight - Braked

1200

Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked

600

Minimum Kerbweight

1242

No. of Seats

5

Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb

10.6

On The Road

Exterior Features

Paintwork

Trim

Summary

There's not much wrong with the standard i30 hatch: it just needs a bit more style and character. Perhaps aware of this, Hyundai has provided the i30 range with this much better-looking Fastback bodystyle and it's enough to put the finishing touch to a very complete package indeed. We think this to be the most refined car in the family hatchback class - and it also offers possibly the best quality of ride you'll find in this segment. The level of standard safety kit is un-bettered in the sector too, plus this Hyundai also makes the grade when it comes to the important questions of practicality and media connectivity. Lots of boxes ticked then. As ever with Hyundai.

Background

Take a look at this car. Now imagine it without the badges. Be honest, would you really guess at it being a Hyundai? Thought not. The i30 Fastback has the look and feel of a German premium brand model, yet it can be yours for not much more than you'd pay for an ordinary Focus-sized i30 hatch. Sounds tempting doesn't it? Hyundai says the introduction of this variant underlines its brand policy in 'making premium design accessible to everyone'. It's likely to be another step in the company's march towards full automotive credibility.

Driving Experience

Engine-wise, i30 Fastback customers get their pick of the better powerplants from the standard petrol range. That means a choice between two T-GDI units, a 120PS 1.0-litre variant and a 140PS 1.4-litre version. Both come mated to 6-speed manual transmission, but if you go for the 1.4, you'll also be offered a 7-speed dual clutch auto transmission option. Go for the auto petrol variant and the car will offer you two drive modes: 'normal' and 'sport'. In 'sport' mode, you get a different shift pattern that holds gears longer before shifting, plus the steering provides a sporty feel and the throttle response is adapted. In the 1.0-litre model, 62mph from rest takes 11.5s en route to 117mph. The 1.4-litre variant improves those figures to 9.2s and 129mph. Our experience with the standard i30 hatch suggests that ride quality will be one of this Fastback model's strongest suits. That's down to sophisticated multi-link rear suspension helped by a rigid body fashioned from High Strength Steel. Refinement should also be exemplary, thanks to things like anti-vibration engine mounts, hollow driveshafts, smoothly-profiled door handles and double-layered door seals. Hyundai says it's put lots of work into ride and handling too, developing this car in Europe at venues like the famous Nurburgring Nordschliefe.

Design and Build

Hyundai calls this a '5-door Coupe', a reference to this bodystyle's sloping roofline, long bonnet and more muscular body. The roof has been lowered by 25mm compared with the i30 five-door, enhancing the car's wide stance on the road, improving aerodynamics and creating what the Korean brand hopes is a dramatic impression. Tapering towards the rear, the cabin has a sleek look, apparently inspired by the shape of a teardrop. The rear of the cabin is additionally supported by strong shoulders. At the front, a reduction in the height of the 'Cascading grille', an angled lower front spoiler and a lower horizontal air intake together combine to further the intended more charismatic look. There are very few changes over the ordinary i30 inside though. So, as with that car, customers get an optional eight-inch centre-dash infotainment touchscreen including state-of-the-art connectivity features, such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Both systems enable users to connect their devices to deliver and control music, telephone or navigation functions on-screen. The navigation system moreover comes with a seven-year subscription to LIVE Services, offering updated information about weather, traffic, speed cameras and online searches for points of interest in real time. Customers can choose between different audio options: the standard monochrome five-inch display radio with Bluetooth connectivity or the optional audio system with a five-inch capacitive LCD touch screen and an integrated dynamic rear-view camera.

Market and Model

i30 Fastback buyers pay a £500 premium over the standard i30 hatch and trim choices start with mid-level 'SE Nav' spec. There are also plusher 'Premium' and 'Premium SE' options. All of that leaves the i30 Fastback priced in the £20,500 to £24,500 bracket. To justify that, Hyundai isn't holding back when it comes to equipment. Standard kit includes things like power-folding door mirrors, front foglights and powered driver's seat lumbar support, plus dual-zone climate control will ensure a comfortable environment for all occupants during long journeys. Plus niceties like a panoramic sunroof and a heated steering wheel are option, as is a Navigation system you operate via an 8-inch touchscreen on the dash. Safety has been a particular feature of the development of this car. The key news is that all variants get Autonomous Emergency Braking, a system that scans the road ahead as you drive, the set-up looking for potential collision hazards. If one is detected, you'll be warned. If you don't respond - or aren't able to - the brakes will automatically be applied to decrease the severity of any resulting accident. Other key i30 safety features include a 'Driver Attention Alert' system, 'Smart Cruise Control', a 'Blind Spot Detector, 'Rear-Cross Traffic Alert', a 'Lane Keeping Assist System', a 'Speed Limit Information Function' and 'High Beam Assist'.

Cost of Ownership

The introduction of new engine technology has kept Hyundai right on the pace of the class best when it comes to efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. The brand says that the 1.0 T-GDI petrol model will return a combined cycle figure of 54.3mpg and a CO2 return of 120g/km. For the 1.4 T-GDi manual, the figures are 49.6mpg and 134g/km, while for the 1.4 T-GDi auto, you're looking at 50.4mpg and 129g/km. What else might you need to know? As ever with Hyundai, a strong buying incentive is the five year unlimited mileage warranty that comes as standard. It's backed up by breakdown cover that last the same length of time and free annual vehicle health checks over this duration. True, rival brand Kia claims to better this package by offering a similar seven year deal, but there, you're limited to 100,000 miles. As for servicing, well your i30 will need a garage visit once a year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. If you want to budget ahead for routine maintenance, there are various 'Hyundai Sense' packages that offer fixed-price servicing over two, three or five-year periods. You can pay for your plan monthly and add MoTs into the three or five year plans for an extra fee.