Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: Hyundai Press | posted December 11, 2014 12:28
A 7-speed dual clutch gearbox is available for diesel models
Hyundai Motors recently unveiled the facelifted 2015 i30 which received multiple updates that include a refreshed exterior design, three new body styles that come in 3-door, a 5-door and Tourer, a redone interior, refined engines, a new 7-speed dual clutch gearbox and a range topping Turbo model.
The Hyundai European design team applied a new hexagonal grill at the front so as to keep up with the brand's current design language while newly-designed 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels spruces up the overall appearance of the i30. Three new colors are now available for the updated i30; Polar White, Orange Caramel and Jet Black (for Turbo model only).
The interior gets minor additions such as the sport seats, a black headlining, an altered instrument cluster and contrasting stitching for the seats.
The entire engine range of the i30 has been improved and all are now Euro6 compliant. First up are two 1.6-liter diesel engines available in either 110 PS or 136 PS ratings. Both have 280 Nm of torque when fitted with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox while the optional 7-speed dual clutch gearbox enables both engines to produce 300 Nm of torque. The two engines have an average fuel consumption of 27.7 km/l to 22.7 km/l.
Next are two gasoline-powered engines, the 1.4-liter Kappa and the 1.6-liter Gamma engines. The smaller Kappa produces 100 PS with 134 Nm of torque and is only available as a 6-speed manual while the larger Gamma generates 120 PS with 156 Nm of torque and can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic. The Kappa averages 17.9 – 16.7 km/l while the Gamma has an average fuel consumption that ranges from 15.9 km/l – 14.7 km/l.
A new addition to the 2015 i30 lineup is the Turbo variant which will only be available as a 5-door model. It is powered by a 1.6-liter T-GDI Gamma engine that produces 186 PS with 265 Nm of torque and is mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. It can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 8 seconds and has a top speed of 218 km/h. It has an average fuel consumption of 13.7 km/h. Helping it handle better is a sport suspension system, 18-inch wheels and tires and a more direct steering as it has a lock-to-lock steering angle of 2.78.
The new i30 was designed and engineered at Hyundai Motor's European Technical Center in Russelsheim, Germany and will be built at the company's plant in Nosovice, Czech Republic.