Hyundai i30 Fastback: prices, specs and on-sale date

Five-door i30 gets coupe styling and sporty tweaks

Hyundai is set to open the order books for its new i30 Fastback on 18 January 2018.

The Fastback model joins the all-new i30 range, which already includes the i30 hatchback and the i30 Tourer estate.

Hyundai describes the Fastback as a ‘sophisticated five-door coupe’ and claims it’s the first big manufacturer to enter the compact segment of the market with a car of this type.

Hyundai i30 Fastback styling

The Fastback is intended to be a sportier alternative to the standard i30, so there are styling tweaks to make the car look more aggressive. These include reducing the height of the car’s front grille to make it look wider, a lower front spoiler and roofline and a rear boot spoiler.

The i30 Fastback is 30mm lower than the i30 hatchback, thanks in part to its suspension, which has been lowered by 5mm. This combined with a 15% increase in stiffness means the Fastback is both more aerodynamic and should also perform better in corners.

Engines

Hyundai i30 Fastback buyers will have the choice of two petrol engines first made available in the new i30 hatchback when it was launched in March this year. The most powerful of the pair is the four-cylinder 1.4-litre T-GDI, which produces 138bhp and gets the Fastback to 62mph in 9.2 seconds with a manual gearbox. Fuel economy for this engine in the hatchback is around 50mpg, but fluctuates depending on trim and wheel size.

The more economical option is the 118bhp three-cylinder 1.0-litre, which returns around 54mpg on average in the entry-level model.

A new 1.6-litre diesel engine with two power outputs is eventually expected to join the engine range too.

Equipment

The i30 Fastback will be available in three trim levels: SE Nav, Premium and Premium SE. It’s overall specifications will remain broadly the same as the current i30 hatchback and Tourer models.

Entry-level SE Nav cars get an eight-inch infotainment screen with sat nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Bluetooth with voice recognition and wireless phone charging. Standard equipment also includes a rear parking assist system with a rear-view camera, 17-inch alloys and front foglights. Cloth upholstery and a leather steering wheel are standard.

Premium trim adds 18-inch alloys (with the 1.4-litre petrol), an additional 4.2-inch driver’s display, dual-zone climate control, an electronic parking brake with hill-hold assist, privacy glass and heated seats part-trimmed in faux leather.

The driver’s seat gains power adjustment, parking assist extends to the front of the car, where LED headlights are also fitted. Top-spec Premium SE cars get a panoramic sunroof, leather seats and a heated steering wheel.

As with the existing models in the i30 range, the Fastback version is available with plenty of active safety equipment, including automatic emergency braking (AEB), driver fatigue monitoring, auto-dipping headlights, lane-keeping assistance, adaptive cruise control and blind-spot monitoring.

As ever, Hyundai’s five-year/unlimited-mileage warranty is included, along with a five-year roadside assistance package, five-year annual health check and a 12-year anti corrosion warranty.

Prices and release date

The new Hyundai i30 Fastback will be available to buy from 18 January 2018. Prices start at £20,305 for the entry-level 1.0 T-GDi model in SE Nav spec, climbing to £22,105 for the same engine in Premium trim, or £23,405 in Premium SE spec.

The most expensive model from launch will be the 1.4 T-GDi DCT automatic in Premium SE spec, with prices starting at £25,155.

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