Hyundai's antidote to 'boring' compacts: i30 Fastback coupe

Hyundai's antidote to 'boring' compacts: i30 Fastback coupe

Aside from the addition of a stubby rear end, the Fastback also gets a few unique design cues to distance itself from the hatch, including a redesigned front fascia with larger air intakes and a slim inlet under Hyundai's Cascading Grille. The facility opened in 2008 and started production of the first generation i30 the same year.

"The i30 Fastback is the newest in our range, bringing a unique new approach to this popular segment", COO of Hyundai Europe, Thomas Schmid, said. A wireless charging system is also available.

"The sophisticated design of this model incorporates the essence of our philosophy, making premium design accessible for everyone".

Customers can choose from a range of powertrains including 1.4-litre 140hp petrol, 1.0-litre 120hp petrol, 1.6-litre 110hp diesel and 1.6-litre 136hp engines. The Fastback is fronted by a lower version of Hyundai's Cascading Grille corporate face, with a unique lower bumper treatment created to emphasis width.

Interior of Hyundai i30 Fastback
Customers can choose a black grey or red interior

However, Hyundai maintains that the i30 N is an everyday sports auto, suitable for daily commuting in comfort on weekdays or for race track performance on the weekend.

Hyundai may have made headlines last week with the 275 PS i30 N hot hatch, but it doesn't mean the rest of the Korean brand's C-segment lineup has been ignored. At the rear, the triangular third brake light in the new glossy black spoiler and the double muffler exhaust underline the sporty stance of this hatchback.

Breaking out the tape measure reveals that the Fastback is 115 mm longer and 30 mm lower than the hatch, measuring 4,455 mm long and 1,425 mm tall - the roofline is actually 25 mm lower to improve aerodynamics and provide a more dynamic look. "The elegant silhouette is further emphasised by the generously arched rear spoiler shape". "With this innovative approach to compact cars, we enable our customers to make an expressive statement when driving the Fastback".

The i30 N is powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine available with the two power outputs: the Standard Package engine delivers 250bhp whereas the Performance Package engine's maximum power is boosted to 275bhp.

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