Exclusive test: Hyundai i30 Fastback 2018

We have already tested the Hyundai i30 Fastback 2018 . Long announced, the Korean model, which Cars has been able to know and drive exclusively among specialized media, is already a tangible reality that lands in Spanish dealers between January and February. We are talking about a compact coupe sedan unparalleled in the C segment. In fact, to get something similar would have to value cars like the Audi A5 Sportback, the BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe and even the new KIA Stinger , all of them larger and, Of course, expensive. One might even value the Volkswagen Arteon , again in a different commercial sphere.

And the Hyundai i30 Fastback is a vehicle based and supported on the same basis as the rest of the i30 family, which already grouped the saloon with 5 doors, the familiar i30cw and, almost as if it were a separate development, to the new and sporty i30 N , which launches a line of business differentiated in the brand.

Of course, the i30 Fastback is not only distinguished by a shadow nuanced by a roof of sharp fall, a semi rear overhang and a large gate well hidden, but lacking clean rear window. It also does so with a length exceeding 11.5 centimeters that of the i30 5p. Also, it is a little lower than that (also because of the chassis\’s specificity), specifically 3 cm, so it scores 1.42 meters.

Thus, the appearance of the car, seen live, is more dynamic and resultón, if it fits more suggestive than the i30 saloon. In this also contribute their aggressive 18-inch wheels and even the vintage blue tonality that can be seen in the images, a priori exclusive of this variant.

Inside, the Hyundai i30 Fastback 2018 offers common solutions to the rest of the range, including a well-designed driving position, firm but fluffy front seats (hold the fl anks very well) and a general quality symmetrical to that of the famous Japanese models, even ahead of some European generalists. The counterpoint, typical of cars of this cut, is the height of the rear seats, just for passengers that go from 1.80 meters to nothing that circulate on bumpy fi rms. Also the access and the exit of the i30 Fastback is a tad more uncomfortable than in the i30 5p. Tolls imposed by aesthetics …

The new generation i30 stood out from the start for ease of driving. Undoubtedly, the versions available to date prevail comfort over dynamism, a balance that has been strongly reversed in the i30 N and, to a large extent, also in the i30 Fastback.

And for this last Hyundai has chosen to adopt a suspension (forward McPherson and independent type deformable parallelogram in the rear) with shock absorbers fifteen percent lower and fi rmes. The result, according to our first kilometers at your command, is a superior precision without detracting from a remarkable ability to digest potholes and broken asphalt.

Failing to know specific commercial details, including prices that are expected to be somewhat higher than those of the i30 5p, the new i30 Fastback will contemplate gasoline turbo 1.0 T-GDi and 1.4 T-GDi, with 120 and 140 hp; also turbodiésel 1.6 CRDi with 110 and 136 HP. The change will be manual in all cases, with six speeds, and in option it will be possible to configure with automatic transmission of double clutch DCT, this of seven gears, for all the mechanics except in the less energetic of gasoline. All the propellers will have automatic stop and start system of ISG engine.

Three types of multimedia system, iQ charger for mobile phones, heated front seats, active speed programmer, lighting assistant (from short to long, and vice versa), this even LED, warning of unwanted lane change, fatigue and obstacles in blind angles, predictive braking, road signage reader and rear camera (very interesting given the limited visibility three quarters rear that imposes the rear pillar C) will be, among others, within reach. The icing will be a powerful i30 Fastback N that will not delay and that will yield at least 250 HP.

Datasheet: HYUNDAI i30 FASTBACK 1.4 T-GDi

  • TYPE OF ENGINE: Gasoline, 4 cylinders in line, turbocharged.
  • CYLINDER: 1,353 cm3
  • POWER: 140 HP at 6,000 rpm
  • MAXIMUM TORQUE: 242 Nm at 1,500 rpm
  • MAXIMUM SPEED: 210 km / h
  • ACCELERATION: 8.9 s (0 to 100 km / h)
  • CONSUMPTION: 5.0 l / 100 km (mixed)
  • MEASUREMENTS (LONG / WIDTH / HIGH): 4.455 / 1.790 / 1.425 mm
  • TIRES: 225/40 R 18
  • LUGGAGE: nd
  • BASE PRICE: nd
  • LAUNCH: January 2018

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