First kilometers behind the wheel of the new 1,4-liter turbo model
New edition Hyundai The I30 is a great example of how consistent Koreans are in continually improving their vehicles. First impressions.
Let's start with the well-maintained 1.6-liter diesel. Then comes the temperamental and characteristically sounding three-cylinder petrol unit. Finally, we come to the fun part - a brand new 1,4-liter petrol turbo engine with 140 hp. 242 Nm at 1500 rpm promises decent dynamics.
However, the four-cylinder engine showed its power a little later. The thrust only becomes truly confident after 2200 rpm, when the full temperament of a modern direct injection engine is manifested. The manual transmission allows for easy and precise gear changes, so the relatively frequent pressing of the gear lever is a pleasure. The segment chosen matches the i30's character very well.
With a stiffer chassis than before, the new model remains stiff but not too stiff on the road. At the same time, the steering system pleasantly surprises with excellent precision and excellent feedback when the front wheels are in contact with the road. Thus, corner by corner, we gradually begin to wonder how spontaneous and neutral this Hyundai is. Understeer only occurs when you approach the limits of physical laws.
The I30, developed in Rüsselsheim and manufactured in the Czech Republic, demonstrates very convincing performance on the road. We are already looking forward to the sporty N variant with a XNUMX-liter turbo engine and adaptive dampers, which is expected in the fall. In front of him, Hyundai dealers will have a practical version with a station wagon.
The i30 features a simple and understated design that will appeal to customers around the world. Its main feature is Hyundai's new cascading grille.
There are many technological innovations: the former bi-xenon swivel headlights have been replaced by LED ones. With a camera in the windshield and an integrated radar system in the front grille, the i30 powers a number of auxiliary systems. Lane Keeping Assist is standard on all versions.
Sit back and feel comfortable
The sturdy cabin is clean and comfortable. All buttons and functional elements are located in the right place, information on control devices is easy to read, there is enough space for objects. In addition, the luggage compartment holds a serious 395 liters - the VW Golf has only 380 liters.
The eight-inch dash-mounted touchscreen is an optional extra that controls all functions of TomTom's infotainment and navigation system, allowing data updates free of charge for seven years.
Connecting a smartphone is also quick and easy. The only downside here is the fact that Apple Carplay and Android Auto only come with the said add-on system, not the XNUMX-inch serial radio.
Our first impressions of the new i30 are really positive and, in fact, far exceeded our already high expectations. The first comparative tests are coming soon. Let's see if the i30 will prepare us a new pleasant surprise then!