Hyundai has given us an early look at the refreshed i30, a mid-sized hatchback that rivals the Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf and SEAT Leon. The current-generation model has been on sale since 2016 and as well as being an affordable family hatchback, it also forms the basis for one of our favourite hot hatchbacks on sale, the excellent i30 N.
The car in this image is not the i30 N though, rather the i30 N-line, which despite its lower status in the range, has in the past been identically styled to the full-fat N model. Building on the same body, the new i30 will receive a sharper new grille shape that complements LED headlights with a bold new DRL signature.
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The rear end will also have a fresh look with new tail lights and a new bumper, while new wheels will be available in 16-, 17- and 18-inch sizes. The hot i30 N models will maintain the dual-outlet exhaust and faux diffuser, and combine their own bespoke set of 19-inch wheels with the gentle exterior refresh.
One of the Hyundai i30’s weak points has been its basic interior, one that is looking particularly aged compared to those of the new Golf and SEAT Leon. To help lift it, Hyundai has confirmed the new i30 will pack a comprehensive tech update, comprised of a new digital dial set (how original) and a larger 10.25-inch touchscreen display mounted atop the dash
Mechanical changes remain unknown at this stage, although we know that the next i30 N will be available with a new eight-speed dual-clutch transmission alongside the previous six-speed manual.
Also confirmed for the standard models is the availability of the sportier N-Line trim on the i30 Estate, and the standard fitment of the sportier trim level on all i30 Fastback models. More details will be revealed closer to its reveal, but the i30 N models will not be shown until later in 2020, with sales to follow.