The South Korean automaker has thoroughly renewed its entire European lineup with key new offerings: starting with the subcompact i20 and going all the way up to the big i40 flagship and Tucson crossover.
Late last year the company also took the wraps off the facelifted i30 compact range, which has been put front and center in the automaker’s display during the 2015 edition of the Geneva motor show. Besides the naturally appearing changes that occur when a model is half way through its life cycle, the most important news that accompanied the refresh was the addition of a range-topping Turbo version. The flagship engine choice is available in both three-door coupe and five-door hatchback variants and it’s actually the same as the Kia cee’d GT / pro cee’d GT couple. The Kia affiliate though gained the benefit of being the more muscular choice – with the Hyundai only packing 186 HP (137 kW) and 265 Nm (195 lb-ft) instead of 204 HP (150 kW) and the same torque. Under the hood lies a 1.6-liter turbocharged four-cylinder gasoline mill that has been exclusively mated to a six-speed manual gearbox sending power to the front wheels. Performance is not an issue though: 62 mph (100 km/h) are done in 8 seconds and the car tops out at 136 mph (219 km/h).
The familiar range of the i30 has received minor cosmetic touches – the refreshed hexagonal front grille, new alloys and some interesting coat jobs: Jet Black, Orange Caramel and Polar White. Regular power options include a 1.6-liter turbodiesel with 110 hp and 280 Nm or 136 hp and the same level of torque. If the owner switches to the optional seven-speed auto gearbox the torque figure sits slightly up at 300 Nm. Other than the turbo, gasoline variants include the entry-level 1.4-liter with 100 HP & 134 Nm and the slightly bigger 1.6-liter with 120 HP & 156 Nm.