Hyundai i30 Premium

Hyundai i30 Premium
15 Oct, 2012 1:14pm Tom Phillips

New range-topping Hyundai i30 Premium hatchback and Tourer models are now on sale

The Hyundai i30 Premium has been announced. The new range-topping Premium trim is available on both the i30 hatchback and Tourer estate models, with prices starting from £19,995 and £23,095 respectively.

The i30 Premium gets new 17-inch alloys, chrome door handles and electric mirrors on the outside. Inside, there’s leather upholstery, an electric driver’s seat, heated front seats, keyless go and an auto dimming rear-view mirror.

There's a choice of two engines on Premium models: a 118bhp 1.6-litre petrol with manual transmission (which is only available on the hatchback) and a 126bhp 1.6-litre CRDi diesel, with a choice of either a manual or automatic gearbox.

The Premium trim effectively combines all the equipment contained in the Convenience and Individual packs, which were available on i30 Style and Style Nav models. These packs cost £750 and £1,000 respectively, and have been discontinued with the arrival of the Premium trim grade.

A tilt and slide panoramic sunroof is available as an optional extra for £950 on Premium models only.

Hyundai has also made some minor tweaks to the rest of the i30 range. The 126bhp diesel engine with an auto gearbox replaces the 108bhp version on hatchback and Tourer Style and Style Nav models.

Plus, the 108bhp 1.6 CRDi Blue Drive models will now only be available on Classic and Active trim, with the higher-powered 1.6 CRDi 126bhp variant reserved as the sole diesel option on the top three trims only.

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£23k for a 118hp Hyundai? Ok it's well equipped, but I guess the ultimate proof that Hyundai Kia have totally kicked the 'value' proposition.

Or much chance of selling many cars in the UK. At £23K this is competing directly with VW, Audi, BMW, Honda, Ford, Land Rover etc. What would you buy? I'm guessing its not a Hyundai.

New merc A class, or pay a bit more and get a Hyundai? Tough call.

Please, Hyundai, let us have the new Tourer in the USA! I'll even trade in my beloved '06 Mazda 6s Sport wagon for one the minute you do so.

What more proof do we need that the vast majority of New Cars are basicly the same underneath Even Externally the same just different badges headlights rear lights rear quaters & other external outer skin panels like front wings & door skins different design creases This Car is a Vauxhall Astra estate Because GM Owns Vauxhall/Opel & Hyundai & Kia All The Same Cars Just Different Interior & exterior But The Same Chassis & Floorpan & Some Engines ! & All Roughly The Same Price So It's Just A Case Of Which Design & Badge Do You Prefer ?

Useless. Useless gadgets and 17 inch rims that will crash more easily on broken roads. That is marketing ladies and gentlemen!

Are you saying GM own Hyundai/Kia? It does sound like that. Because they don't.

You forget that similarly-priced Audi and BMW rivals don't have anywhere near the equipment of these cars, and servicing costs are lower on these cars, with a longer warranty and to be fair, less "major" faults.