New Hyundai i30 revealed

13 Sep, 2011 1:00pm Luke Madden

Updated: Sharper look for the all-new i30 as it debuts at the Frankfurt Motor Show

The i30 transformed Hyundai from budget brand to class contender. And an all-new model, which was revealed at the Frankfurt Motor Show, looks set to elevate the firm’s status higher than ever.

It takes styling cues from the recently launched i40. Sharp lines, chrome detailing and LED daytime running lights combine to give a premium feel.

Chief designer Thomas Bürkle said: “The hexagonal appearance is unique to Hyundai, with jewel-like front headlamps adding a strong personality.”

Inside, the i30 gets a modern design that should maintain the brand’s reputation for good build quality. A range of premium options, including keyless go, leather upholstery and sat-nav, will be available.

Engine details have yet to be confirmed, but a 1.6-litre petrol is certain to feature, along with a frugal diesel and a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol unit for a hot variant. Manual and dual-clutch gearboxes will both be offered.

Hyundai hasn’t announced any pricing details as yet, but bosses are confident the i30 will be able to hold its own in this highly competitive market segment.

As ever, there will be a superb warranty package. This should ensure the second generation is as good to own as the current car, which topped our Driver Power satisfaction survey in 2010.

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If it wasn't for that C pillar side window, it looks suspiciously like Kia's new Picanto. Yes, same company but I do wish Hyundai could be a bit more daring rather than go on what Kia are presenting.

Not sure about this, looks a little bit awkward, not a huge fan of the i10 facelift either.

More daring than a Ford / Vauxhall / VW and better looking i'm a fan of this fluidic design as Hyundai calls it,it's a big improvement on the much praised older model,agreed the I10 looks out of proportion that's just a facelift though,just hope the new I20 looks this good too.

More daring than a Ford / Vauxhall / VW and better looking i'm a fan of this fluidic design as Hyundai calls it,it's a big improvement on the much praised older model,agreed the I10 looks out of proportion that's just a facelift though,just hope the new I20 looks this good too.

Another stunning Product from the East. Peugeot eat your heart out - this is where your styling should have gone until you lost the plot.

the previous i30 was as ugly as it gets and although solid in every aspect I would have never bought it strictly because of its awkward looks. This one considering also that it will be an improved version of the frst generation and definately because of its fresh and sportier lines, offering also sportier engines and double clutch auto gear boxes, will be first in my priorities line.
Good work by Hyundai! VW/FORD/TOYOTA should urgently change course and also offer something fresh if they don't want to miss out on the market. Especially VW with its latest Jetta/Passat/Golf (they are sooo boring) are a few steps back from design development and are loosing out on new customers.

New !?Have a look at the profile of the Mazda3! Which is no bad thing. Particularly liked the interior design and hopefully the plastics will have had a lift in quality. A punchy, refined diesel would be a welcome addition. The previous diesels from Kia and Hyundai were short of pace, not particularly frugal and not the most refined. Probably wait for the new Sky Activ engine to be fitted to the Mazda 3 before putting my money down.

Looks far too much like a Peugeot at the front for my liking.

Will suck in more ££££ plankton to send back to feed the Korean motor industry.

Would rather buy a British made Vauxhall Astra or Mini.

This looks really good, more interesting than the Astra or Focus nevermind the tedious Golf. Nice job Hyundai.

Oh what a mouth!!!!
That will be first on the facelift agenda.
In the meantime, a dealer-fit option should be to paint body colour on the grille centre bar to split the yawning gaps.

Massive improvement on previous i30 and looks good in this top-of-the-range trim. But what effect will the now obligatory 'too small' wheels that most manufacturers insist on fitting to lesser trimmed models have on it's appearance.

It's all been said above: "More daring than a Ford / Vauxhall / VW..... fluidic design", "Peugeot eat your heart out - where your styling should have gone until you lost the plot", "fresh and sportier lines", "look at the profile of the Mazda3! Which is no bad thing", "looks really good, more interesting than the Astra or Focus nevermind the tedious Golf", "Massive improvement".
This is a very clever piece of design, making the car look nothing like the usual lumps of tedium in the Focus/Golf sector. The detailing is many classes above the rest and the drop-jaw front looks OK with the coloured bar across it (unlike the Peugeot 3008 which seems to have crashed into a tanker full of Botox, poor thing) and the design detailing and balance round that ubiquitously-ugly drop jaw rescue it and make it look sporty. This is a car worthy of consideration, especially if they can get the diesel right and provide a 9.9 sec figure for the 60mph sprint, 50+mpg on urban and 60+mpg on combined economy.
Was that my wallet I heard creaking?

Hyundai have outboxed hundrum European manufacturers (they know who they are) for several years by reeling in customers with a solid if bland design, value for money and quality / reliability.

With i40, now i30, they are clearly moving the game up a division. Maybe not this year or next, but the time is fast approaching when the top Euroboxes will be under threat, providing the pricing is kept in check.

In the meantime, this new i30 is very appealing. I mean, I know British workers turn out the new Honda Civic, but why on earth would I part company with some 16,500 of my hard earned pound coins to buy one?

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