Hyundai updates i30 hatchback

Korean car maker adds a suite of safety features to its enduringly popular small car.

Hyundai has announced a suite of valuable safety upgrades along with modest styling changes and new features for its updated 2021 i30 hatchback range. 

Headlining the changes to Australia’s second-most popular small car is the addition of Hyundai’s SmartSense safety suite, now available as a standard feature across the i30 range. 

The change brings life-saving features to even the entry level 2.0 GDi model and include Collision-Avoidance Assist, Driver Attention Warning, Lane Keeping Assist and Lane Following Assist. 

The safety upgrades are part of a broader 2021 model year update for the popular i30 hatch, also including styling enhancements which bring the hatchback’s looks in line with the previously updated i30 sedan. 

Additional range-wide comfort and convenience features include alloy wheels, an upgraded 8.0-inch multimedia system featuring wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, and a 7.0-inch colour LCD instrument cluster.

All models also now boast a leather steering wheel and gear knob, an electronic parking brake and air-conditioning vents for rear occupants.

New Hyundai i30 hatchback.

Stepping up from the base model to the i30 Active adds a leather interior and larger, 17-inch alloy wheels while the tech-focused i30 Elite brings a 10.25-inch navigation unit, Infinity premium audio, smart key and push-button start.
 
The styling changes apply to the i30, Active and Elite trim levels and include a sharper frontal treatment incorporating a new bumper, grille and lighting elements. 

The reshaped grille features geometric dark chrome elements, similar to that seen on the i30 sedan.

Redesigned headlights with a sporty, black bezel design and tapered shape match the new grille and are accompanied “parametric pattern” LED daytime running lights. There’s also a new rear bumper with repositioned rear reflectors and a mesh-effect, full-width rear bumper insert. 
 
The i30’s standard Forward Collision Avoidance Assist (FCA) system utilises a front radar sensor and windshield-mounted camera to detect vehicles and pedestrians in front of the vehicle. 

If a potential collision with a vehicle, pedestrian or cyclist is detected, the FCA system will sound a warning chime and display a warning in the instrument cluster.

New Hyundai i30 hatchback.

If no driver intervention is detected after the warning, the system is capable of automatically applying the brakes in the case of a potential collision.

Smart Cruise Control (SCC) is another now-standard inclusion on the i30 hatch, utilising the car’s front radar sensor to detect the speed and distance of vehicles ahead and automatically maintaining a safe distance at speeds between 30km/h and 180km/h.

The system also includes a stop and go function that enables SCC to work in stop/start traffic, bringing the vehicle to a complete stop when appropriate, and automatically (if within three seconds of stopping) accelerating it back to the original set speed.
 
The i30’s Lane Keeping Assist – Line (LKA-L) system includes a Lane Departure Warning (LDW) mode, and a Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) mode, with the latter able to prevent the vehicle from straying from its lane by providing steering inputs, should the driver not react to warnings from the LDW system. 

Lane Following Assist is also now standard and this feature uses the front windshield-mounted camera to detect lane markers as well as vehicles ahead, and provides steering assistance to ensure the vehicle stays in the centre of the lane.  

In addition to these and other features of the standard SmartSense safety suite, the i30 Elite variant gets additional safety features including Blind-Spot Collision warning, and a Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning system. 

New Hyundai i30 hatchback.

Other new features include air vents for rear seat occupants and a Safe Exit Warning system that monitors the vehicle’s surroundings, providing warnings to improve the safety of occupants exiting the vehicle. 

It uses radar sensors on either side of the rear bumper to detect vehicles approaching from the rear and is active when the vehicle is stopped. If one of i30’s doors is opened while an approaching vehicle is detected, the system will sound an alert and display a warning in the instrument cluster.

The Elite & N Line Premium models also now feature a 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system with satellite navigation and split-screen functionality, while all variants get a 7.0-inch colour TFT LCD Supervision dash cluster, with digital speedo and different drive mode themes.

The upmarket Elite and N Line Premium also now feature a new Rear View Monitor system that allows the rear camera to remain on continuously during driving, so that the driver can monitor road conditions behind the vehicle.

So far this year the i30 has retained its position as Australia’s second-most popular small car, just behind the evergreen Toyota Corolla. 

However, its 15,260 sales to the end of September year-to-date represent a 30% decline on the same period in 2019, slightly ahead of the category’s 33% decline, which is largely attributable to the economic impacts of COVID-19.  

Hyundai i30 hatch pricing:

 Engine  Transmission  i30  Active  Elite  N Line  N Line Premium
 2.0 GDi  6-speed man  $23,420  -  -  -  -
 2.0 GDi  6-speed auto  $25,420  $26,920  $30,220  -  -
 1.6 T-GDi  6-speed man  -      $29,420  $34,220
 1.6 T-GDI  7-speed DCT  -      $31.420  $36,220