Hyundai has released pricing and specifications for its new i30 hatchback. The range starts at £14,495 and includes versions with low CO2 emissions and those with cheap insurance. New levels of style, technology and interior quality are promised for the five-door hatchback.
With an insurance rating of 7E the entry level i30 Classic is claimed to be one of the cheapest cars in its class to run. The range starts with the 1.4-litre petrol model boasting 100hp and there are also two diesels, a 1.4 and a 1.6. The larger diesel develops 110hp and comes with 'Blue Drive technologies' for greater economy; 76.3mpg is said to be possible. Thanks in part to a stop-start system the CO2 emissions are 97g/km.
The 1.6 motor is also available in a more powerful 128hp guise for the top, i30 Style variant, still with 100g/km emissions. All Style models come with 16-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone climate control and electrically folding door mirrors. There is also a Style Nav model that comes with touch-screen navigation and rear parking camera system.
Between Classic and Style is the 'Active' grade that includes 15-inch alloys, rear parking sensors and Hyundai's Flex Steer system. This offers three settings, Comfort, Normal and Sport. All i30s come as standard with voice activated Bluetooth, electric door mirrors and Hill-start Assist Control.
Prices for the i30 range from £14,495 to £20,295 and the model goes on sale from 12 March.
John Lambert - 25 Jan 2012