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Five-door coupe styling for those on a budget

PROS

  • Impressive levels of standard safety kit
  • Not many direct rivals
  • Should boast impressive practicality

CONS

  • No confirmed diesel engine
  • Firmer suspension could affect ride quality
  • WIll it drive as well as it looks?

Verdict

The Hyundai i30 Fastback arrives at the start of 2018 as an all-new model in the South Korean manufacturer’s line-up. Designed to blend the practicality of the i30 hatch with the sleek looks of a coupe, it’ll go head-to-head with the Mazda 3 Fastback as well as more premium rivals such as the Mercedes-Benz CLA and the Audi A3 Saloon.

As well as featuring a vastly restyled rear end over the regular i30 five-door, the Fastback also sits 5mm closer to the ground than its hatchback sibling and cuts 30mm off the car’s total height.

This combined with a 115mm increase in overall length, is designed to give the Fastback a sportier, more elegant look, as well as providing enough room for five passengers.

Three-cylinder turbocharged petrol on offer

As it stands, the i30 Fastback is set to be petrol-power only. This means that customers will be given the choice of either a 120hp 1.0-litre T-GDI turbocharged three-cylinder engine, or a punchier 1.4-litre T-GDI four-cylinder unit. The latter should be capable of 0-62mph in around nine seconds, while the former is expected to achieve more than 50mpg.

Diesel-power could be on the way, however, in the form of a 110 or 136hp 1.6-litre CRDi four-cylinder turbodiesel engine. A final decision on which, if any diesel engine will be made available, is expected closer to the car’s early 2018 launch.

Gearbox options compile of a standard six-speed manual and an optional seven-speed dual clutch transmission.

Strong range of standard safety kit

Autonomous emergency braking, driver attention alert, high-beam assist and lane-keeping assist will be fitted as standard on all i30 Fastback models, delivering one of the best ranges of safety kit in class.

Also available as an option will be pedestrian recognition (uses front radar to avoid or mitigate an impact impacts with pedestrians), adaptive cruise control and rear cross-traffic alert.

Click here to read about the benefits of cross-traffic alert safety systems.

High levels of connectivity

Although UK spec levels are yet to be confirmed, expect a similar structure to other cars in the i30 family – with trims ranging from base-spec S to the top-of-the-range Premium SE.

Optional equipment will include an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. Customers will also be able to benefit from a free seven-year subscription to Live Services, providing up-to-date information on weather, traffic and speed camera locations via the car’s touchscreen.

Other options will include wireless smartphone charging, Bluetooth phone connectivity and a rear-view parking camera.

Sporty intentions for i30 Fastback

As well as the lower ride height, the i30 Fastback will also benefit from 15% stiffer suspension, designed to offer sharper handling. Honed on racetracks, the i30 Fastback will likely be the sportiest model to drive in the i30 range.

Exceptional Hyundai five-year unlimited-mile warranty

As with all Hyundais, the i30 Fastback will come with a five-year, unlimited-mileage transferable warranty. Very few manufacturers offer such a generous promise.

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