New car launch: Hyundai i30

Hyundai’s seventh-gen compact sedan gets an overhaul.

Hyundai has unveiled its seventh generation i30 sedan and i30 sedan hybrid with production set to begin in spring.

The i30 sedan is set for Australian release in the second half of 2020, (likely July or August) and will replace the longstanding Elantra model.

The new i30 has received a polarising makeover that is sure to provide endless debate between fans of the model.

Hyundai Motor America Chief Operating Officer Brian Smith described the new model as “pragmatic and sensible, yet disruptive.”

“We’ve sold more than 13.8 million worldwide, and the new, captivating look is going to bring excitement to a whole new generation of buyers,” Mr Smith said.



Exterior updates to the new model include a longer, lower and wider body than its predecessor. The 2021 i30 gains 55.9mm in overall length, 20.3mm in its wheelbase, a width increase of 25.4mm and height decrease of 20.3mm.

Hyundai Motor Group Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer Luc Donckerwolke said the new sportier exterior was implemented to create a four-door-coupe look

“The seventh-generation i30 sedan has a bold character,” Mr Donckerwolke said.

“The fresh aesthetic was completed through unconventional lines and a face that broke taboo in automotive design.”


Up front, the new i30 Sedan also features a wide “parametric-jewel pattern” grille which integrates visually with the headlights and indicators.

At the rear, Hyundai has followed suit with other manufacturers around the world and followed the connected taillight craze, for a sportier appearance.

The i30 also comes with several wheel options including 15, 16 and 17-inch variants.



While the updated exterior may be an acquired taste, the interior is far more conventional.

Mirroring that of a cockpit, the driver is made the focus of the space, with myriad features including a four-spoke steering wheel and dual 10.25 displays for infotainment and instrument clusters.

Interior space also grows with the addition of 58.4mm of legroom in the rear, headroom up 7.6mm in the front and should room growth of 7.6mm in both rows.



The local specifications for the engine are yet to be confirmed, but it is anticipated the i30 will come equipped a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine.

The current model Elantra is powered by a 112kW/192Nm 2.0- litre petrol engine which it shared with the Kia Cerato and may continue in Australian models.

From launch in the US, the i30 will come with a petrol/electric hybrid and petrol power trains. The hybrid combines a 1.6-litre GDI Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder petrol engine and a 32kW electric motor and 1.32kWh lithium-ion battery pack.