Hyundai i30 3-Door Hatchback Introduction
Hyundai’s all-new i30 family is about to grow thanks to the brand-new “made for Europe” 3-door i30.
Hyundai has always made a strong commitment to producing cars for the European market, with the i30 being the perfect example. The new generation i30 3-door was engineered by the bright minds at the European R&D center, with the final production taking place in the Czech Republic.
The i30 range already features 5-door and wagon versions, but the addition of the 3-door is sure to widen Hyundai’s customer appeal in the segment. The new 3-door model made its debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.
The C-segment is without a doubt one of the most competitive in Europe and the addition of the new Hyundai i30 3-door is sure to strengthen automaker’s position there.
It is a segment where Hyundai have a real history of success since 2007. It’s believed that the stylish design of the i30 will not only lead to more sales, but also increased brand awareness across all of Europe.
Just one look will reveal the major design differences between the existing 5-door model and the new 3-door version. Both cars are obviously part of the “fluidic sculpture” design movement, but there are some definite differences to be seen in the front, side and rear of the 3-door, all of which very much sets it apart from its older brother.
The vehicle has a definite sporty feel with the addition of a new grille, fog lamps, and a lower bumper at both ends of the car. The three-door i30 also has a sharply raked beltline, longer front doors, and a very stylish angular glasshouse silhouette.
The car comes with the option of 16-inch alloy wheels, in addition to the standard 17-inch. There is also a splash of color added to the interior in the form some orange stitching on the steering wheel, gear shift knob, upper dashboard and door armrest.
The addition of 170 mm to the length of the door does more than make the i30 look sporty. That extra length makes for a larger aperture ahead of the B-pillar, making getting into the front seats that much easier.
There is plenty of space in the rear too, with an additional 38 mm of hip room and only 21 mm less shoulder room than the 5-door. All other dimensions remain the same as the 5-door.
When it comes to powertrain options and efficiency, the 3 and 5-door models are pretty much exactly the same. The vehicle has very much been designed with European driving conditions in mind, whilst also coming with a high level of quality and comfort.
i30 3-door engines, features
There are a number of powertrain options, but perhaps none as good as the U-II 1,6L diesel engine, generating 128 horsepower while emitting only 97 g/km of CO2 with the Blue Drive package. Those numbers are tops in power-to-efficiency ratio in the segment.
A number of Hyundai’s in-house technologies that appear in the 5-door have also made their way to the 3-door Hyundai i30 model. That includes the FLEX STEER system that offers three different driver settings which can be adjusted according to road conditions and driver preference.