Hyundai has revealed its svelte i30 Fastback, that is set to join the five-door hatchback and newly launched i30 Tourer estate. Designed to appeal to drivers looking for a sporty and practical small car, Hyundai describes the Fastback as a “five-door coupé” which has had its handling put to the test at the infamous Nürburgring race circuit.
The i30’s ‘cascading’ radiator grille has been squashed to give the i30 Fastback a wider appearance, while a pronounced front spoiler, reworked LED daytime running lights and headlights with a dark bezel, all add to its sporting look. The new bodywork has seen the Fastback grow in length by 115 millimetres, but the main changes are reserved for the 25 millimetres lower roof and its tapered ‘teardrop’ silhouette. Viewed from the rear, its haunches are noticeably wider and the rear spoiler arches upwards for a more dramatic visual effect, before flowing down into the rear lights.
As you’d expect, the interior closely matches that of the rest of the i30 range, with a tabletstyle infotainment screen mounted on top of the centre stack. This eightinch display can support Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connections, and the navigation system comes with a free seven-year subscription to online services, including traffic and weather updates. Hyundai’s engineers have lowered the suspension by 5 millimetres and stiffened it up by around 15 per cent, which is said to improve agility without significantly upsetting its ride comfort. There’ll be two versions of Hyundai’s 1.6-litre diesel engine, with 109bhp offered as standard, along with 134bhp in a ‘high power’ version. Both get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but customers can also choose an optional seven-speed dualclutch automatic transmission for either engine choice. While no official figures have been released for the Fastback yet, the 109bhp engine manages up to 74mpg in the i30 hatchback and takes 11 seconds to get from 0-62mph. The i30 hatchback’s long list of standard safety kit has come in for praise, and the same is true here. Autonomous emergency braking is standard, with pedestrian recognition available as an optional extra. Other equipment highlights include active cruise control, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert, a lane keeping assist, road sign recognition and automatic high-beam headlights.
The i30 Fastback will go on sale at Hyundai showrooms early in the new year, with prices elevated compared to the i30 hatchback. Estimates suggest that the cheapest diesel Fastback model will cost from around £22,000.