The 2015 i30 range wears the firm’s new hexagonal grille, offers new colours and a range of new alloys. The i30 Turbo takes this a step further with a bespoke radiator grille, red detailing for the bumpers, bespoke LED running light design and a set of 18-inch alloys.
It also has sports seats, contrast stitching and a set of sportier dials.
However, while the 1.6-litre T-GDI engine has a welcome uplift in power, its 186hp output doesn’t quite earn it full hot hatch status. Indeed, it doesn’t even match the 204hp of sister brand Kia’s Cee’d GT, oddly.
Hyundai says the focus has been on sporty driving dynamics and everyday usability: it can do 136mph, accelerate to 62mph from rest in 8.6 seconds and has a significant 36 per cent increase in torque over the non-turbo 1.6 GDI.
Sportier suspension and a faster steering system – 2.78 turns lock-to-lock – will give it a racier feel than the regular i30 range too.
i30 facelifted for 2015
Elsewhere in the range, all i30 engines are now Euro 6 complaint; the range starts with an all-new 1.4-litre unit, called Kappa, that’s very light in weight and emits just 129g/km CO2.
There’s a 120hp 1.6-litre GDI petrol too, and two 1.6-litre diesels, either with 110hp or 136hp (and CO2 emissions as low as 94g/km).
Hyundai now also offers a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox called 7DCT, although it appears not to be available on the Turbo, alas.
No prices have yet been announced for the new range, and Hyundai hasn’t disclosed when it will go on sale either, other than ‘2015’. Watch this space…