2012 Hyundai i30 available in UK for as low as £14,495 on the road

Article by Christian A., on March 14, 2012

The New Generation Hyundai i30 has recently arrived in UK showrooms, building on the success that the original model has achieved. It offers a more refined and stylish option with enhanced packaging and comfort, lower emissions rate and an increased level of standard feature. It also offers lower cost of ownership, being available for as low as £14,495 on the road and rising to £20,795.

The vehicle offers a range of four engines (two diesels and two petrols) with five power outputs, which range from 90 to 128ps. It also has four trim levels, namely Classic, Style, Style Nav and Active. 

Hyundai is dedicated in the development of its clean diesel technologies. The new 1.6-litre diesel unit features Intelligent Stop & Go technologies. It provides an output of 128ps and delivers emissions of only 100 g/km, making the new model as one of the most efficient automobiles in the C-segment with the remarkable power-to-efficiency ratio. 

The New Generation i30 is lower, wider and longer compared to the previous model, providing sportier exterior proportions without sacrificing the functionality of the interior. Total length is boosted by 20 mm to 4,300 mm while the width is extended by 5 mm to 1,780 mm.

Its height has been lowered by 10 mm to 1,470 mm.  The 2,650 mm wheelbase is carried over from the predecessor. Hyundai Motor UK's President and CEO Tony Whitehorn commented that the new generation i30 symbolizes "another leap forward" for the design, refinement and build quality of Hyundai.

He further stated that when matched with their "generous standard specification" and supported by their "industry leading" Five Year Triple Care guarantee, the new model "truly represents the complete package" for buyers who are searching for a high-quality automobile at an affordable price.

Those who get to see the new Hyundai i30 will surely observe that the look is now more athletic. The main reason for this is that the track has been increased considerably. Take the track in the front for instance. It has experienced an increase of 17 mm. Meanwhile the rear was increased by 27 mm. Further, the bodyshell has been made wider by 5 mm.

Finally, the wheels and the tires have positioned outwards in order to make it level with the wheel arches. All of these changes improved the visual look of the vehicle while making road holding better. The changes were not limited to the track as Hyundai did modifications to the windscreen too. Its base is now 84 mm forward in addition to being 26 mm lower.

As a result, aerodynamic drag and wind resistance have been reduced giving it a Cd at 0.30, this is 10% better compared to the previous model. Giving a hint of subtlety to the i30’s profile is the chrome beltline moulding placed under the glass house, though this is only for Style models. Helping with this as well is the alloy 16-inch wheels. All of these changes are part of Hyundai’s way of showing that the i30 displays that brand’s latest fluidic sculpture design philosophy.

What this principle does is to make use of flowing lines, giving the many models of the brand that three-dimensional presence. Commenting on the new i30, Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Centre Chief Designer Thomas Bürkle shared that when they designed this latest version of the i30, the team made sure to utilize fluid and strong lines in order to shape a model that is not only sportier but also projects a sense of constant motion even if it is not moving.

Bürkle added that the team also made sure that the i30 would have a bold stance and with its dynamic proportions and athletic quality, it gets a more confident stance. In this regard, he continued, this is not only closer to the i40, but shows as well how strong the design DNA of the brand is and makes it simple for people to be able to recognize it.

Further, through the use of daytime running lights, which have LEDs, the visual impact of the i30 is enhanced on the road. The good news is that this is fitted in as standard on all Hyundai’s models. On the front, the i30 also has that brand’s trademarked feature. In particular, this is the grille with its hexagon shape and the option for a single body-color or the twin horizontal trim bars in chrome.

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