New 2020 Hyundai i30 revealed with new look, tech and transmission

Hyundai’s i30 gets a refresh, and the new i30 N is on its way too

Hyundai’s i30 has been given a substantial update for the 2020 model year, introducing new powertrain tech, interior tech and fresh styling to the range. Initially revealed in its more demure ‘standard’ and N-Line specifications, we’ll have to wait to see the new i30 N later this year, but for the moment, the standard model’s styling and tech enhancements will give us an early look at what to expect.

First and foremost is the sharp new look, which updates the i30’s somewhat Germanic aesthetic for a more expressive appearance that’s already seen in many of the brand’s other models, including the all-new i20 that was revealed last week. The new LED lighting units, a wider and more expressive grille, plus fresh wheel designs, all help to freshen the i30, especially in N-Line models which will share the same styling details as the incoming i30 N

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to have every issue of evo delivered straight to you. You'll SAVE 39% on the shop price, and get evo for its original cover price for a whole year!

The interior has also been given a refresh, mostly in the form of new tech incorporating a fresh and much improved wide-aspect infotainment screen and semi-digital dials – the latter of which we dearly hope won’t be found on the i30 N as the current model’s excellent analogue dial set is better suited to the N’s more focused interior.

While details of the new i30 N’s powertrain remain unknown at this stage, we do know that the standard i30 will be offered with two turbocharged petrol engines comprising a 1-litre three-cylinder and a new 1.5-litre four-cylinder that are also supported by a new 48V mild-hybrid system. Power figures range from 119bhp at the lower end and top out at 157bhp in the N-Line-only 1.5. There’s also a 134bhp 1.6-litre diesel option if you’re into that sort of thing

The new MHEV system is found on both seven-speed dual-clutch and six-speed manual transmission options, the latter utilising clever new tech that hydraulically decouples the gearbox from the engine while cruising to save fuel – a first for a manual transmission. Whether this mild-hybrid tech will be applied to the i30 N is unknown, but we do know that it will be available with Hyundai’s dual-clutch gearbox for the first time when it arrives later in 2020.

The i30’s updates will be spread across all three body styles, with a subtle adjustment in specifications and pricing when it arrives in the UK later this year. It’s facing some stiff competition in 2020 though, with a new SEAT Leon, Volkswagen Golf and Skoda Octavia to have to compete with


Hyundai i30 N

Updated Hyundai i30 N revealed with optional dual-clutch ‘box

24 Sep 2020
Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai i30 Fastback N versus the Nurburgring

7 Oct 2019

Most Popular

BMW M3 saloon

All-new BMW M3 Competition revealed – an icon reborn

This is the all-new BMW M3 Competition saloon which will join the M4 Competition coupe in BMW M’s new M3/4 family
23 Sep 2020
Honda Civic Type-R hatchback

Honda Civic Type R GT 2020 review – still king of the hot hatch crop?

Subtle tweaks have made the Type R an even more formidable hot hatch, but we’re keen to try one again soon to understand fully the changes to the susp…
22 Sep 2020

All-new BMW M4 Competition revealed – next generation super coupe debuts

The new BMW M4 Competition applies its war paint, but there’s no manual coming to the UK
23 Sep 2020
Hyundai i30 N

Updated Hyundai i30 N revealed with optional dual-clutch ‘box

It was the hot hatch that upset the status quo, and now the i30 N is back with more power and tech
24 Sep 2020