Geneva Motor Show: Hyundai i30

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Alongside the QarmaQ crossover concept, Hyundai unveiled it's new i30 here at Geneva, and in the process took the wraps off its new nomenclature. Hyundai is ditching names like Sonata and Accent for alphanumeric designations starting with "i", which Hyundai says stands for Inspiration, Intelligence and Integrity. The Korean carmaker has been improving the quality of its products considerably, but we'll have to sit tight and see how the i30 lives up to the hype.

Hyundai gets ahead by providing tons of features in an attractive package at a competitive price, and the i30 promises to live up to that strategy. (You can check out all the details in the press release after the jump.) Engines include 1.6-liter fours with 113 and 120 horsepower and a 2-liter four with 141hp, driving through a 5-speed manual (113 and 120-hp versions), an available 4-speed automatic (in the 113hp version) and a 6-speed for the 2.0.

While the i30 is undoubtedly aimed at a younger market than some of its larger and more expensive offerings, Hyundai evidently (and inexplicably) thought five-year-old children would be their target audience and presented the car with a pair of mascots, rather unlike the pair of lookers that took the veil off the QarmaQ. Check out the pics in our high-resolution image gallery below.


Geneva Motor Show 2007 Press Information


Geneva 2007: Hyundai introduce a new car, the i30 and a new alpha-numeric nomenclature philosophy. Future new models will bear the prefix "i" and an additional 2 digits. Why "I"? Primarily because "i" stands for INSPIRATION which is one of the 3 pillars of Hyundai's European brand positioning (Quality, Self-assured, Inspiring). But "i" also stands for intelligence and integrity, and that is what customers have come to expect from Hyundai; and for innovative, which is what the i30 is all about. In all these forms "i" lies at the core of any Hyundai brand promise. From this premise the "i" badge is a natural development.

Welcome to the i World!

With the i30, Hyundai introduces a new dedicated European model range firmly positioned in the mainstream C segment. Designed for those who want stylish practicality with a distinctive dash of sporting flair, the i30 is aimed at the discerning individual who wants something different, but with proven integrity and quality. Available at launch as a 5-door hatchback, followed by an estate car, the i30 opens a new chapter for Hyundai in Europe.

  • Exterior
  • Interior
  • Seating
  • Equipment
  • Engines & Transmissions
  • Safety Aspects
  • Technical Specifications


Creative Flair

Flowing curves, emphasised by strong character lines highlight the broad stance and long wheelbase of the i30. The clearly defined unbroken waistline unifies the classic proportions. The effect is modern, yet exciting, giving a dynamic impression of performance and capability. Key words: elegant and balanced sporting style.

A more cultivated design language

The distinguished frontal styling, sporting but non-aggressive - represents the new design identity of Hyundai. The pronounced dual intake frontal styling seems to mould effortlessly into the bonnet and A pillar lines. The upsweep of the rear window lines mirrors the lower character line. The harmonic effect creates a distinct and dynamic posture.

All elements fully integrated

The sculpted rear appearance is achieved by a combination of qualified curves that extend the waistline and reflect the curvaceous front and side styling. Every element of the design works in harmony. The seemingly effortless interaction of front and rear light clusters, unobtrusive roof spoiler and superb front proportions, all contribute a powerful sense of proportion and purpose. The interaction of dynamic sloping surfaces gives a pronounced sporting touch.


Dynamic refinement

The long wheelbase and generous width of the i30, combined with Hyundai's acknowledged skill in interior space packaging have produced an interior fully focused upon class-leading comfort, functionality and practicality. Dynamic refinement has been applied to every aspect, including air management, the light airy ambience, seating comfort and intuitive ergonomics.

The benefits of dynamic refinement

The i30 was conceived from the beginning as a driver's car. The clarity of the instruments, tilt and telescope steering wheel, supportive sporty seats and optimal gearshift positioning are all evidence of this. For extra clarity, LCD technology has been used for the central info display and the instrument panel mounted display and warning lights. Generous directional air vents ensure optimum interior air distribution. Two-tone interior trim, with special attention to the upholstery fabrics and materials has produced a elegant and fresh, highly "European" interior environment.

Blue instrument lighting
The LED based blue instrument lighting, already adopted in the new Santa Fe and Hyundai upper market ranges, is a distinctive feature. The advantages are less eyestrain and fatigue under all ambient light conditions, helping to maintain peak driver alertness and vision. The blue lightning also represents a recognition of the Hyundai brand which gives the occupants a confided impression of being in a Hyundai car.

The ergonomics of dynamic refinement

For years now, Hyundai has been proving that a car does not have to be large to feel spacious, or carry a premium price to offer an intelligent interior. The i30 is just the latest expression of this. Intuitive ergonomics are evident in all of the minor controls. The convenience of the steering wheel audio/communication switches and column stalks, together with the easy to handle positioning of heating, air conditioning and power windows and mirrors amply demonstrate this. The easy access to the integrated Audio system, map pockets and other stowage and storage areas are another Hyundai strength that characterises the i30. Even the positioning and precise feel of the automatic gearshift has been further optimised. All contribute to the reality of a driver's car.


Seating to inspire superlatives

A car that offers above average sporting appeal must also provide the supportive seating to enjoy it. The front seats and contoured rear seats of the i30 provide long distance comfort and support. Attention has been paid not only to the form, with orthopaedic design input, but also to the stitching and using superior materials. The result is seating comfort designed to meet and match the very best European ideals.

The ideal integrated interior

The i30's dimensions at 4,245 mm long, 1,765 mm wide and 1,480 mm high, fit i30 totally to current C Class expectations. In addition, the long wheelbase of 2,650 mm offers superior inside spaciousness, which has received the full force of Hyundai intelligent interior design. The extra space allowed the designers to optimise every aspect. The result is increased freedom of movement, optimal seat and instrument positioning, and increased comfort. Both front and rear head and legroom are well above the accepted average.

Adaptability throughout

Every i30 has 60/40 split folding rear seats which fold whenever required for added storage, functionality and practicality without compromising on safety and comfort. The i30 offers rear seat passengers fully contoured support, increased legroom over most rivals and excellent cabin air management. For the front seat occupants, height adjustable seats and lumbar support could not be more easily placed or operated. With excellent legroom, drivers can enjoy the ride in a very comfortable setting.

Rear space with the capacity to convince

The i30 matches above average occupant space with generous, easy access luggage capacity. A useful and fully useable 821mm length, 1,040 mm width and 558mm height in the luggage area gives an impressive 340 litres load volume with the rear seats upright. With the rear seats folded flat, the load space length is increased to 1,141 mm increasing the load volume to 1,250 litres. As in any Hyundai, the utility and convenience in the i30 has not been overlooked with a standard luggage cover and an optional restraining net.


Fully equipped to fit every purpose

Hyundai have always been recognised for their generosity of equipment at all trim levels, and the i30 builds upon that tradition. The range of standard equipment combined with a full selection of reasonable cost extras, allows i30 customers to fully tailor their car to their wishes.

A wide selection

The i30 will be available in 4 different trim levels. Even the entry level trim "Classic" offers an abundant array of features the integrated Audio system (Radio+CD+MP3+USB+AUX), driver seat height adjuster, and front power windows. The more upscale "Comfort" offers electric heated and body-coloured outside mirrors, keyless entry, driver seat lumbar support, front seat active headrests and front fog lamps. The sportier "Style" version is available from the 1.6, 122ps power level, with 16" alloy wheels, 205/55 R16 tires, sports suspension, tire pressure monitor, semi-leather seats and manual air conditioning all standard. The top-of-the-range version "Premium" lives up to the badge by offering all these items, plus automatic air conditioning, ESP, ECM mirror, park distance control, cruise control and rain sensor. ESP of course is for all versions and all trims available as an option while for the most European markets ESP will be standard feature.

Storage, stowage and convenience

No one can dispute that Hyundai are among the best when it comes to intelligent interior convenience, stowage and storage packaging. The i30 lives up to, and builds upon this reputation. Depending on trim levels, a sunglass holder, a cup holder, a central console storage, easy to reach door map pockets, seat rear pockets and central armrest mounted storage, and rear cup holders are additional convenient features. The capacious glove compartment is also cooled when air conditioning is fitted.

Engines & Transmissions

Engines and Transmissions

A choice of three petrol and three diesel power options, combined with manual or automatic transmission means the i30 can meet virtually every driving, or geographic powertrain preference. All petrol engines have 16v CVVT and variable inlet technology. All diesel engines can be best described as state-of-the-art.

A real choice of power and dynamics

The i30 offers a wide range of engines. At the entry-level, Hyundai's new 109ps 1.4 petrol engine offers a sparkling combination of fuel economy and performance with 137 Nm torque. A new 1.6 engine gives 122ps and 154 Nm torque, while the range topping 2.0 offers 143ps with 186 Nm torque.
In terms of diesel, a new 1.6 CRDi is available in 90ps version with 235 Nm torque and 115ps versions with an outstanding 255 Nm torque. At the top end, the 2.0 CRDi puts out an exhilarating 140ps with 304 Nm torque. All feature variable geometry turbo charging (VGT), low friction balance shaft technology and high-pressure common rail diesel injection for minimised engine originated NVH. To meet environ-mental policy, i30 offers DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) for all diesel line-up.

Transmitting the power

Hyundai understands that performance means more than just engine output. That is why transmission packages have been optimised for real driving satisfaction.

Automatic Transmission
For adventurous driving spirit, an elegant, yet stylish step gate shift lever has been adopted, allowing extra precise control of the new i30's automatic transmission.

Manual Transmission
Manual transmission remains the favourite for European drivers. The new i30's manual gearbox also boasts newly developed high-efficiency features that reduce noise and enhance durability. The 5-speed all-synchro transmission of the i30 has been specifically engineered to match the sporting nature of the car with precise, short throw shifts. The 2 litre diesel features a new 6-speed manual transmission.

Suspension and braking to match the performance

In any of the four available launch versions, the Hyundai i30 offers a dynamic, yet cultivated driving experience. MacPherson strut front suspensions and multi-link rear suspension have been fitted to perfectly complement the high design rigidity. Ventilated 15 inch front and solid 14 inch rear discs* with 4-channel ABS and ESP* mean the dynamic appearance is matched to real on-road handling control. A range of 15, 16 inch steel and 15, 16 and 17 inch alloy wheels, with low and ultra-low profile tyres add visual impact to the sporting dynamics. The result is a car that simply demands to be driven.
*Depending on model and market specification

Safety Aspects

The safety aspects

Like every other Hyundai, the i30 was safe even before it reached prototype stage. Advanced design systems and sophisticated computer simulation, combined with intensive component testing meant that by the time the real tests came only conceptual fine-tuning was required. That is typical of the Hyundai approach to safety. It begins on the drawing board, is thoroughly tested by prototype stage, and fulfils every expectation on the road.

Passive safety

The i30 is fully equipped to protect. In terms of passive safety, it features dual front, side, and curtain airbags, active headrests, seatbelt pretensioning and seatbelt reminders. Also, as with every Hyundai vehicle, the passive safety features are fully grounded in a state-of-the-art safety structure. This includes deformable zones, occupant protection cell and 3-way load distribution technology. Further rigidity has been achieved with reinforced A-pillars, strengthened bulkhead, front and side members, and toughened B and C pillars.

4-channel ABS is standard and de-selectable ESP is optional (standard on Premium) on the i30 for advanced active safety

Peace of mind features

Customer expectations in the C-segment have risen constantly over the past decade. The i30 is equipped to meet them. Active front headrests are standard from Comfort level onwards while electro chromatic self-dipping mirror to reduce night driving eyestrain, the heated power exterior mirrors fold electrically to prevent breakage in tight situations and the rear mounted park distance control with audible warning are standard on the Premium trim and optionally available in the Comfort and Style trim. That all adds up to extra peace of mind.

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