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Hyundai i30 Fastback (2017 - 2020)

The independent definitive Hyundai i30 Fastback video review
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    By Jonathan Crouch

    Modelsword count: 12

    5dr hatchback (1.0, 1.4, 2.0 turbo petrol / 1.6 CRDi diesel 110PS)

    Historyword count: 372

    Swept-back four and five-door coupe models have become fashionable over recent years in premium circles. It's about time though, that this class of car became a bit more affordable. With this i30 Fastback model, launched in 2017, Hyundai aimed to deliver just that. 'Fastback' is one of those names that seems to mean different things to different car makers. Ford use it to designate the coupe version of their Mustang. Mazda used it to badge earlier saloon versions of its compact Mazda3. Hyundai though, thinks it should evoke the spirit of classic Gran Turismo models of the Fifties and Sixties. In the way that in modern times, designs like Audi's A5 Sportback and BMW's 4 Series Gran Coupe have tried to do. Cars like these are primarily aimed at business buyers bored by the thought of just another Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series - and prepared to pay a premium for something looking a little more interesting. Hyundai thinks the same approach could work for buyers in the Focus-class family hatch segment. Their conventional i30 hatch is a worthy contender here, but if its looks are a touch too conservative for you, just a fraction more gets you this swoopier Fastback body style which comes with slightly sharper handling and all the strong, safe and sensible engineering that might have drawn you towards an i30 in the first place. This particular five-door coupe derivative, and the i30N hot hatch that was launched just before it in early 2018, both represent a more emotive side take on i30 motoring, this Fastback body shape championing style, while the Korean brand's 'N' division focuses on motorsport-tuned performance. If you've a healthier budget and find both approaches appealing, then you might be interested to know that the brand also developed an i30 N Fastback model allowing you to experience both at once. Here though, our focus is going to be on the way that more ordinary i30 Fastback variants like this one bring the five-door coupe concept within reach of more ordinary buyers looking for a touch of style in their next used family hatch. This car was facelifted in Spring 2020, but it's the pre-facelift 2017-2020 versions of this car we look at here.

    What You Getword count: 319

    The stylists created this Fastback variant from a completely clean sheet of paper, apparently inspired by classic Gran Turismo models of the Fifties and Sixties in creating this car's flowing contours and its sloping silhouette. This Fastback model sits 30mm lower than the conventional i30 hatch and is 115mm longer. The bonnet's lengthier and at the rear end, the three-dimensional sculpted C-pillar is far more shapely. At the wheel, if you happen to be familiar with any of the other i30 models in the range, you'll be instantly at home here because nothing changed at all with this Fastback variant. Premium touches and splashes of interesting design are somewhat lacking - which is disappointing after the expressive exterior styling - but it's hard to fault either the quality or the solid finishing of the fixtures and fittings. The biggest cabin talking point is the standard 8-inch colour touchscreen This is your interface for controlling satellite navigation, the DAB audio set-up and a package of 'TomTom LIVE' services that alert you to speed cameras, update you on the weather and provide accurate information on traffic jams and roadworks. You can also connect in your handset using the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring systems. And the back seat? Well, Hyundai's keen to talk about the sleek teardrop shaping of this car and the way the roof has been lowered by 25mm, but you'd think that could make getting into the back a little more difficult than it might normally be in a car of this class. And sure enough, you do have to duck slightly upon entry, but once inside, headroom isn't actually too bad unless you happen to be exceptionally tall. And this Hyundai's boot? Well despite the sloping roof, in straight stat terms, there's theoretically a little more space in the trunk than there would be in the ordinary hatch model - 450-litres as opposed to 395-litres.

    What You Payword count: 77

    The Fastback body style is worth around £400 more than the conventional i30 hatch. Prices start at around £10,00 for a '17-plate 1.0 T-GDi with base 'SE Nav' trim, rising to around £13,000 for a '19-plate car. For the i30 N Performance model, prices start from around £18,500 for an '18-plate car, rising to around £24,250 for a '20-plate model. All quoted values are sourced through industry experts cap hpi. Click here for a free valuation.

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