The new design is based on Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ principle, and with the base of the windscreen pulled forwards and lowered, it has bestowed a more swept-back stance on the car. The inheritance of some of the i40’s DNA is apparent, too, and not just in the hexagonal grille that has now become Hyundai’s signature feature.
This dynamic appearance is further exaggerated in the three-door model, introduced at the end of 2012. In an attempt to attract younger buyers, it trades some of the five-door's maturity for aggression, with a new grille design, repositioned foglights and redesigned rear end. The 2015 facelift gave the i30 some sharper lines and a more defined presence on the road, and the addition of a Turbo models to head up the range.
A 10mm lower ride height and wider tracks have also helped the car’s aesthetic impact and hint at the all-new ‘K’ platform beneath, shared with the Veloster and Elantra. Its wheelbase is the same as its predecessor’s at 2650mm, but Hyundai insists that it has maximised the latest car’s extra length and width to increase interior space.
We applauded the previous i30’s suspension set-up, which adopted the rear multi-link configuration used by the class leaders. The new car continues this legacy, retaining MacPherson struts at the front and adding a FlexSteer system that varies the amount of assistance supplied to the electric power steering via three operating modes.