New Hyundai i30 Fastback brings 5-door coupe option to family hatch range

Hyundai has expanded the i30 range with the introduction of the i30 Fastback, which has made its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show

Hyundai has added a third model to the new i30 range with the introduction of the Hyundai i30 Fastback. It has made made its public debut at the 2017 Frankfurt Motor Show ahead of arriving in dealerships in early 2018.

The Fastback stands out from the regular i30 hatchback and new Tourer estate by featuring a sleeker five-door coupe body. It plugs the gap vacated by three-door option on the latest i30 hatch to become the sporty option in the range for those who can't extend to the new Hyundai i30 N hot hatch.

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At the front, the i30’s signature cascading grille is shortened ever so slightly and sits lower, to make the face appear wider and more purposeful, while it’s joined by a wide horizontal grille running underneath it. The bonnet appears longer, while the front-end makeover is rounded off with a new small chin spoiler, alongside LED daytime running lights and headlights with tinted housings.

The coupe-like roofline on the Fastback sits 25mm lower than it does on the standard i30 hatchback, and is joined by sloping C-pillars. It all tapers towards a rear end featuring a small ducktail spoiler, separating a pair of new taillights.

In the cabin, things are carried directly over from the other two i30 derivatives, meaning an optional eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with sat nav and connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will be offered. Bluetooth, however, is standard equipment. 

Standard safety and assist technology includes autonomous emergency braking, a driver attention alert system, high-beam assist and lane keep assist. Radar cruise control, blind spot detection and rear-cross traffic alert makes the options list.

Hyundai i30 Fastback suspension and engines

Under the skin, the Fastback gains unique chassis and suspension tweaks over to the hatchback and Tourer, in a bid to pair the sportier looks with more agile handling. It sits 5mm lower to the ground than those two cars, and the suspension has been stiffened by 15 per cent.

Two turbocharged petrol engines will be available from launch. Buyers can choose between a four-cylinder 138bhp 1.4-litre T-GDI or a 118bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo. Both are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but the 1.4-litre will come with the option of a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. 

Choice will eventually be expanded to include a couple of diesel options – Hyundai’s new 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbodiesel will appear down the line with either 109bhp or 128bhp, while we’ve also heard that a hot ‘N’ version borrowing its powertrain from the new 271bhp i30 N hot hatch could be in the pipeline. 

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