An update for 2010 brings a start-stop option and lower prices to Hyundai’s highly rated medium hatchback.
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The Hyundai i30 range is getting a series of updates for 2010, with new engines, new trim levels. and the introduction of ‘Intelligent Stop & Go technology’ as a special order option.
i30 Classic – new low cost diesel
Classic specification joins the line-up as the new entry-level model, bringing with it a new 88bhp 1.6-litre CRDi turbodiesel engine, alongside the existing 1.4-litre petrol. Standard kit includes electronic stability control, air conditioning and front electric windows.
Prices start at £12,000 for the petrol Classic, and £12,950 for the diesel – both at the higher 17.5% VAT rate coming 1 January. This makes the diesel £1,140 cheaper than the previous lowest cost i10 diesel.
i30 Comfort – extra leather trimmings
Comfort specification costs £700 more than Classic, and is available with 1.4- and 1.6-litre petrol engines, plus 113bhp 1.6-litre turbodiesel. Both 1.6s are available with an automatic gearbox.
Equipment in addition to Classic includes rear electric windows, audio controls on the steering wheel, 16-inch alloy wheels, and leather trimming for the gearknob and steering wheel (a new addition for 2010).
Premium – £1,200 cheaper
Finally, Premium is the i30 range-topper, but this has been tweaked to make it up to £1,200 cheaper than before. You still get 17-inch alloy wheels, climate control and rear parking sensors, however the standard full leather trim has been replaced with half-leather.
But you can upgrade to full leather for £650 – which still leaves the i30 Premium over £500 cheaper than before. Prices start at £14,750.
Hyundai is offering a start-stop option on the i30 for the first time.
This is the Intelligent Stop & Go (ISG) system, recently introduced on the Kia Cee’d; as with all such systems it reduces fuel consumption and emissions by switching off the engine whenever the car is at idle.
Rather than create a specific model, Hyundai is offering ISG as a £200 option on all i30s fitted with a manual gearbox. The gains may well be worth the expense – saving around 5g/km CO2 on diesel models, for example, is enough to drop the car into a lower road tax band in some cases.
Fuel savings are between 10 and 14%.
Available for order now
The official on sale date for the revised Hyundai i30 is 4 January 2010, though orders are already being taken.
Hyundai has clearly been looking at recent with the same gaping wonderment as ourselves, and points out that its core 1.6-litre petrol Comfort model is now a whopping £4,670 less than an entry-level 1.6-litre Focus.
And don’t forget, the i30 still comes with a five-year unlimited mileage warranty. A Which? Best Buy – and no mistake.
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