New gen­er­a­tion i30 com­ing soon

Rutherglen Reformer - - DriveTime Extra - WITH JOHN MUR­DOCH

A brace of new-to-the-range petrol en­gines and a longer list of fit­ted as stan­dard safety and com­fort fea­tures are key sell­ing fea­tures of the new gen­er­a­tion Hyundai i30 which will go on sale in the UK on March 1.

Cus­tomers will have to pay more for this lat­est model, with the start­ing price up to £16,995 for the one litre en­try level model – a £1,200 in­crease on the out­go­ing 1.4 litre starter model it re­places.

How­ever, buy­ers will prob­a­bly reckon the new range is worth the ex­tra out­lay thanks to the high level of stan­dard safety equip­ment on all mod­els which in­cludes a Lane De­par­ture Warn­ing Sys­tem, For­ward Col­li­sion Warn­ing Sys­tem, Lane Keep As­sist, Au­tonomous Emer­gency Brak­ing and Hill Start As­sist Con­trol. Stan­dard tech­nol­ogy and con­nec­tiv­ity equip­ment also fea­ture with all i30’s ben­e­fit­ting from DAB and Blue­tooth re­gard­less of trim level.

The en­try level S model comes for the first time with Hyundai’s three-cylin­der, one litre turbo engine and boasts 15” al­loys, LED day­time run­ning lights, steer­ing wheel au­dio con­trols, elec­tric front and rear win­dows and driver seat height ad­just­ment.

From £18,695, the SE trim level gets 16” al­loys, front fog lamps, a five-inch LCD touch­screen, rear park­ing as­sist sys­tem, rear view cam­era and a leather steer­ing wheel. SE spec­i­fi­ca­tion is avail­able with the three-cylin­der turbo petrol engine or a 1.6 CRDi 110PS diesel, with 6 speed man­ual trans­mis­sion.

One rung higher up the spec lad­der, SE Nav mod­els, which start at £19,645, add in­te­grated satel­lite nav­i­ga­tion with 8” LCD touch­screen, Blue­tooth with voice recog­ni­tion and wire­less phone charg­ing. As a £,1000 cus­tomer op­tion, the SE Nav spec­i­fi­ca­tion is avail­able with a Vis­i­bil­ity Pack, which com­prises dual LED head­lights, 17 inch al­loys and dual zone cli­mate con­trol.

In ad­di­tion to the one litre petrol engine, the SE Nav range is avail­able with a new 140PS, 1.4 turbo engine which of­fers the op­tion of a 6-speed man­ual, or 7-speed DCT trans­mis­sion, whilst the 1.6 CRDi 110PS engine, is also avail­able with a choice of man­ual or DCT trans­mis­sions.

Pre­mium mod­els start at £22,195 and come as stan­dard with 17” al­loys shod with up­rated Miche­lin tyres, dual zone cli­mate con­trol, elec­tronic park­ing brake with auto hold func­tion, pri­vacy glass and heated front seats with ar­ti­fi­cial leather/cloth fac­ings. Driv­ers also ben­e­fit from an elec­tri­cally ad­justable seat, a su­per­vi­sion in­stru­ment clus­ter with 4.2” dis­play and driver as­sis­tance sys­tems in­clud­ing front and rear park­ing as­sist sys­tem and blind spot de­tec­tion sys­tem with rear cross traf­fic alert and LED front head­lights and rear com­bi­na­tion lights.

At the top of the range, the Pre­mium SE spec starts from £23,495 and adds a panoramic sun­roof, leather seat fac­ings and a heated steer­ing wheel to the Pre­mium spec­i­fi­ca­tion.

Roll­out Hyundai’s new i30 range will be launched in March

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