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2015 Hyundai i30 Turbo Test Drive

2015 Hyundai i30 Turbo

At the Geneva Motor Show, Hyundai unveiled the i30 model powered by a turbo engine. The i30 Turbo is available in three- and five-door variants. The Hyundai i30 Turbo test drive is going to reveal whether the manufacturer refreshed the model well enough to compete with the Ford Focus ST or Seat Leon 1.4 TSI 150 FR 3dr.

Exterior and Interior

What catches the eye immediately are new headlights and grille. Also, bumpers both front and rear are done in more aggressive style. The i30 Turbo got larger wheels – 18 inches in diameter with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tire and aluminium lightweight alloy 5-spoke discs. There are 3- and 5-door i30 Turbo models.

Hyundai diluted dark interior with red details: there are red side bolsters, red stitching on leather details, and red door trimming.

The car is spacious front and back. There’s also enough cargo capacity – the Turbo model offers a 378-litre boot, which is larger than the Focus’ but smaller than the Leon’s. However, front vision is somewhat restricted due to wide windscreen pillars. A rear-view camera won’t be out of place if you own the Turbo – its rear screen is not that big and rounded in addition.

The 2015-2016 i30 Turbo offers satellite navigation, cruise control, adaptive Xenon headlights, rear-parking camera, touchscreen infotainment system, heated front seats, Bluetooth, etc.

Driving Performance

The Hyundai i30 Turbo is equipped with either a 6-speed manual transmission or 7-speed dual-clutch automatic DCT gear box. Its 4-cylinder 1.6-litre Gamma engine goes with a turbocharger that boosts energy up to 183 bhp. The auto reaches 100 km/h in 8 seconds but it’s unnoticeable – noise, vibration, and harshness significantly decreased. The last figure on a speedometer is 220 km/h.

During the Hyundai i30 Turbo test drive, we noticed that the car goes more quietly than its precursors. Also, it got firmer suspension that’s a valuable feature when driving in a city, where roads can be of rather poor quality.

Still, there may be some problems with steering. Don’t panic. We just mean that no driving mode – Normal, Comfort, or Sport – suits ‘committed corner enthusiasts’, as Top Gear put it.

CO2 emission rate is higher than in some other autos. Let’s take the Leon as an example. It produces 109 g/km while the i30 Turbo makes 169 g/km.

The Verdict

Yes, the Hyundai i30 Turbo is comfortable, rather spacious, pleasant to drive in, and has some new exterior features. But it seems not enough as preceding i30 models also have it all; there are too few peculiarities about it. And when you buy such an expensive car, which can be easily substituted for cheaper but not worse models, you expect them to be. Nevertheless, the Hyundai i30 Turbo is the best i30 so far.

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