Popular Korean Hatchback Gently Freshened Up

The Hyundai i30 (better known as theElantra GT), just received a small update in Europe. Hyundai made it compliant with the features shown on the i30 Fastback, introduced new versions of its diesel engine and granted a bit more equipment for one of the most important cars it has ever introduced on the old continent. The new Hyundai i30 does not differ a lot from the last year’s car.

Exterior

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One would be hard pressed to notice any meaningful changes on the 2019 Hyundai i30 compared with the model of before.

However, looking at the two cars side by side, you may notice that the new one features reimagined daytime running lights and a different front apron that almost creates a smiley face.

Luckily, the front lights still seem to be angry enough to counteract any unintentional smiling. Obviously, cutesy smiling hatchbacks aren’t that popular. Although slightly redesigned, the bumper isn’t exactly the biggest change one may imagine - Hyundai did it only to near the i30 hatch to the i30 Fastback.

One visiting the saloon and picking up this model has more finish options (Stellar Blue and Olivine Grey) than before.

Interior

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The changes inside are almost non-existent. Save for the new eight-inch Display Audio infotainment system.

The new unit comes with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, and it offers a seamless smartphone experience to the driver and the passenger.

The rest of the interior remained the same as before. As before, the car comes with a comprehensive set of SmartSense safety features which make it one of the safest hatchbacks on the market.

Drivetrain

2019 Hyundai i30 Exterior
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2019 Hyundai i30 Exterior
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With the introduction of the Euro 6d emission regulations, Hyundai had to refresh its diesel line-up.

You can opt among three different diesel outputs - 95 horsepower, 115 horsepower, and 134 horsepower.

While the least powerful diesel is available only with a manual, the higher-powered engines can be optionally equipped with the 7-speed dual-clutch transmission as well.

The most frugal version of them is the least powerful one, of course. If driven just right, this Hyundai i30 will return magnificent 60+ mpg.

Conclusion

2019 Hyundai i30 Exterior
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Hyundai released a slightly refreshed hatchback, Wagon, and that i30 N-Line I wrote about a month or so ago.

The i30 shaped up to be the backbone of Hyundai's offering in Europe.

Of course, SUVs such as the new Kona, the Tucson and the Santa Fe are golden on the market, but the thing is that the existence of such a competitive i30 proves to hatch-loving Europeans that Hyundai is there to make a stand. This comment by Vice President Marketing & Product at Hyundai Europe will demonstrate Hyundai’s intentions the best.

“The i30 range is a stronghold for our success in Europe,” Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing & Product at Hyundai Europe, comments. “To become the number one Asian car brand by 2021, we not only invest in cutting-edge technologies like with our Kona Electric or All-New Nexo, but we also seek to constantly improve our best-selling models to meet our customer’s needs in terms of fuel efficiency and appealing design.”

Further reading

2018 Hyundai i30 N Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai i30 N.

2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback Exterior High Resolution
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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback.

2017 Hyundai i30 High Resolution Exterior
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Read our full review on the 2018 Hyundai i30.

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