Hyundai launches the sporty i30 Turbo

In a move that should broaden the appeal of its i30, Hyundai has created a new Turbo trim grade. As that name suggests, power comes from a turbocharged 1.6 litre petrol engine which produces a fairly generous 183 bhp (137 kW / 186 PS) with 265 Nm (195 lb/ft) of peak torque.

As a result, the i30 Turbo can accelerate from rest to 62 mph (100 km/h) in 8.0 seconds before going on to a top speed of 136 mph (218 km/h). Respectable enough performance then, but perhaps Hyundai has been too cautious? After all, the 201 bhp (150 kW / 204 PS) unit already used by sister brand Kia in the closely-related (and quicker) Cee’d GT could have been chosen instead.

Hyundai i30 Turbo 5-Door (2015) Front SideHyundai i30 Turbo 3-Door (2015) Interior

Unique bumpers (with traditional red inserts), a set of 18” alloy wheels and twin exhausts all identify the i30 Turbo as a hot(ish) hatch. Beneath the skin its specification includes recalibrated suspension and more direct steering, while the interior features front sports seats and red highlights for the upholstery.

The introduction of the i30 Turbo coincides with some other across-the-range enhancements. For instance, all models get a redesigned front grille and an updated collection of alloy wheels, but the powertrain changes are the most significant.

Hyundai i30 Turbo 3-Door (2015) DashboardHyundai i30 Turbo 3-Door (2015) Side

Replacing the previous 1.4 litre ‘Gamma’ petrol engine is a ‘Kappa’ version. Although output remains at 99 bhp (74 kW / 100 PS), average fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions of 50.4 mpg (5.6 l/100km) and 129 g/km respectively are better than before thanks in part to a weight reduction.

Another major update sees the old six-speed conventional automatic gearbox ditched in favour of a more efficient seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. It’ll be optionally available with the 1.6 litre diesel and normally-aspirated petrol motors.

Hyundai i30 Turbo 3-Door (2015) FrontHyundai i30 Turbo 5-Door (2015) Rear Side

Prices for the 2015 Hyundai i30 line-up have yet to be announced.

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