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2017 Hyundai i30 – Third time’s a charm?

Hyundai tried to storm compact segment all the way at the beginning of 90’s by introducing Elantra. As Europe was not so crazy about small sedans, especially the western part where you should chase your sales volume, Koreans decided to offer proper hatch in 2007 as i30 was introduced. Elantra continued its living as a sedan, while i30 entered the ring with Golf, Focus, Astra and really many, many others, as this is probably most cramped segment in the automotive industry. So, in these days we are presented with 2017 Hyundai i30 in its third reincarnation.


As Hyundai make us use to, design has changed significantly from the previous generation. It looks less edgy, as fluid lines coquetted with a bit of sharpness of the older model, and here everything is more rounded, apart from the grill, sideline, bulges on hood and couple more things just in order to keep it in “I am still serious” appearance. Changes are substantial, and this more mature appearance could please different type of buyers. Remember the new Audi-like grill as it will “contaminate” all future models.


As new exterior could be questioned, there are no disputes about new interior. It is stepping forward, with much less plastic feeling due to the better materials, more apeling design due to the dash of elegance, now with fewer buttons and eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system gracefully rising from the dash. The whole interior is spacious for its segment and 395-litre boot is market leading, as it outperforms class legend Golf.

Hyundai i30 2017 Engine

New for the third generation would be the introduction of 1.4-litre petrol engine, producing 140 hp with the help of turbocharger and it could be coupled with 6-speed manual or 7-speed automatic gearbox. Beside new unit in the lineup, you have an offer of least powerful non-turbo 1.4-litre petrol, 1.0-litre turbo with 120hp as the most fuel efficient, and 1.6-litre diesel engine provided in a variety of 95hp, 110hp, and 133hp. It will probably suit the taste of most hatch buyers and we haven’t forgotten the whole anticipation about possible sporty N version currently tested at Nürburgring.


Hyundai claims that good compromise has been achieved between comfort and handling and that we can definitely sense that compared to the outgoing generation. The multi-link suspension has been retuned, so bumps are out of the worry, and more responsive handling is mentioned too. To keep the ride in the safety area, new i30 carries with itself a collection of driver aids to minimize the chance of collision such as autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection and the speed limit information function among other that will be present too.

2017 Hyundai i30 Price and Release Date

Hyundai’s hatch has always been a reasonable purchase. Pricing is more than fair, always rich standard equipment and not so pricey additional one always pushed money part into the front perspective. But rest of the package should be reviewed too, as a good ride, a fair amount of space and excellent reliability could contribute to buyers decision, as Koreans are trying to put forward something more than price. It is sure that it will not create special commotion in its class, but it will definitely contribute for its brand to stay in top five makers in the world. Just one setback, if you want to get your hands on 2017 Hyundai i30, be a little patient as deliveries start in early 2017.

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