The new hatchback looks great and leaves us anticipating i30 N even more.

A few weeks after the 2017 Hyundai i30’s online debut, the five-door hatchback gets its public premiere at the Paris Motor Show. The sharper, more modern design fits perfectly in the fashion-obsessed City of Light.

The latest i30 is quite a handsome hatchback, though not very bold. The large, downward tapering grille and swept back taillights evoke a little of Audi’s styling. The design grows more attractive as you walk around the body and get a better look at the profile. We especially like how the flowing roof incorporates into the roof-mounted spoiler.

The interior continues the exterior’s up-market feel. A large windshield and available sunroof bring plenty of light into the cabin. Hyundai’s designers also use brightly colored trim, which keeps the inside from being too dark. Standard models come with a five-inch infotainment system, and more expensive trims benefit from an eight-inch unit with navigation.

2017 Hyundai i30
2017 Hyundai i30
2017 Hyundai i30

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Customers have a wide variety of engine choices. The new i30 powertrain range includes Hyundai’s new turbocharged 1.4-liter four-cylinder with 138 horsepower (103 kilowatts) and 179 pound-feet (242 Newton-meters) of torque. A naturally aspirated 1.4-liter makes 98 hp (73.3 kW) and 99 lb-ft (134 Nm). A 1.0-liter turbocharged three-cylinder rounds out the gasoline-fueled selections with 118 hp (88.3 kW) and 125 lb-ft (170 Nm). The diesel options include a 1.6-liter in three available power levels 94 hp (70kW), 109 hp (81kW), and 134 hp (100 kW). Depending on the powerplant, customers can pick between a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission for motivating the front wheels.

The new i30 should drive better than the previous generation because the new platform has some major improvements. For example, it’s 62 pounds (28 kilograms) lighter and 22 percent more rigid than the current platform.

Customers who want something a little more exciting should be patient for the i30 N’s arrival. We know that it packs a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with around 260 hp (194 kW). At launch, the hot hatch would be front-wheel drive, but rumors suggest all-wheel drive could arrive later.

Source: Hyundai

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