0 - 62 mph9.2s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2141 g/km


By Jonathan Crouch


Hyundai's i30 Fastback delivers a bit of extra style to the family hatchback segment. Prior to its launch in 2017, we'd not seen 'Gran Turismo'-class 'five-door coupe' styling in a Focus-sector model before. This one delivered it with affordable elegance.


5dr hatchback (1.0, 1.4, 2.0 turbo petrol / 1.6 CRDi diesel 110PS)


Swept-back four and five-door coupe models have become fashionable over recent years in premium circles. It's about time though, that this class of car became a bit more affordable. With this i30 Fastback model, launched in 2017, Hyundai aimed to deliver just that. 'Fastback' is one of those names that seems to mean different things to different car makers. Ford use it to designate the coupe version of their Mustang. Mazda used it to badge earlier saloon versions of its compact Mazda3. Hyundai though, thinks it should evoke the spirit of classic Gran Turismo models of the Fifties and Sixties. In the way that in modern times, designs like Audi's A5 Sportback and BMW's 4 Series Gran Coupe have tried to do. Cars like these are primarily aimed at business buyers bored by the thought of just another Audi A4 or BMW 3 Series - and prepared to pay a premium for something looking a little more interesting. Hyundai thinks the same approach could work for buyers in the Focus-class family hatch segment. Their conventional i30 hatch is a worthy contender here, but if its looks are a touch too conservative for you, just a fraction more gets you this swoopier Fastback body style which comes with slightly sharper handling and all the strong, safe and sensible engineering that might have drawn you towards an i30 in the first place. This particular five-door coupe derivative, and the i30N hot hatch that was launched just before it in early 2018, both represent a more emotive side take on i30 motoring, this Fastback body shape championing style, while the Korean brand's 'N' division focuses on motorsport-tuned performance. If you've a healthier budget and find both approaches appealing, then you might be interested to know that the brand also developed an i30 N Fastback model allowing you to experience both at once. Here though, our focus is going to be on the way that more ordinary i30 Fastback variants like this one bring the five-door coupe concept within reach of more ordinary buyers looking for a touch of style in their next used family hatch. This car was facelifted in Spring 2020, but it's the pre-facelift 2017-2020 versions of this car we look at here.

What You Get

The stylists created this Fastback variant from a completely clean sheet of paper, apparently inspired by classic Gran Turismo models of the Fifties and Sixties in creating this car's flowing contours and its sloping silhouette. This Fastback model sits 30mm lower than the conventional i30 hatch and is 115mm longer. The bonnet's lengthier and at the rear end, the three-dimensional sculpted C-pillar is far more shapely. At the wheel, if you happen to be familiar with any of the other i30 models in the range, you'll be instantly at home here because nothing changed at all with this Fastback variant. Premium touches and splashes of interesting design are somewhat lacking - which is disappointing after the expressive exterior styling - but it's hard to fault either the quality or the solid finishing of the fixtures and fittings. The biggest cabin talking point is the standard 8-inch colour touchscreen This is your interface for controlling satellite navigation, the DAB audio set-up and a package of 'TomTom LIVE' services that alert you to speed cameras, update you on the weather and provide accurate information on traffic jams and roadworks. You can also connect in your handset using the 'Apple CarPlay' and 'Android Auto' smartphone mirroring systems. And the back seat? Well, Hyundai's keen to talk about the sleek teardrop shaping of this car and the way the roof has been lowered by 25mm, but you'd think that could make getting into the back a little more difficult than it might normally be in a car of this class. And sure enough, you do have to duck slightly upon entry, but once inside, headroom isn't actually too bad unless you happen to be exceptionally tall. And this Hyundai's boot? Well despite the sloping roof, in straight stat terms, there's theoretically a little more space in the trunk than there would be in the ordinary hatch model - 450-litres as opposed to 395-litres.

What You Pay

The Fastback body style is worth around £400 more than the conventional i30 hatch. Prices start at around £10,00 for a '17-plate 1.0 T-GDi with base 'SE Nav' trim, rising to around £13,000 for a '19-plate car. For the i30 N Performance model, prices start from around £18,500 for an '18-plate car, rising to around £24,250 for a '20-plate model.

What to Look For

We came across lots of satisfied i30 Fastback customers for this MK3 model in our owners survey but inevitably, there were a few who had issues. One owner had the lane assist and AEB brake function alarm lights come on while on a motorway which required replacement of the car's safety camera. In another case, an i30 DCT auto model lost drive at lower speeds requiring a software fix. In another case, there was a report of an i30 1.6 CRDi model over-actively regenerating - probably an issue with the sensors. Check for signs of interior child damage and insist on a fully stamped-up service history. Other than that, it's a clean bill of health. Hyundai's brilliant five-year warranty arrangement means that these vehicles very rarely fall into premature neglect.

Replacement Parts

(approx prices, based on a 2018 i30 Fastback 1.6 CRDi i30) Hyundai spares prices have gained an enviable reputation for good value, and replacement parts for the i30 are no exception. Front brake pads are between £20-£43 - think in the £18-£61 bracket for rears. Front brake discs start in the £53 to £111 bracket - think in the £31-£95 bracket for rears. A radiator is in the £120-£135 bracket. Air filters sit in the £6-£18 bracket. Oil filters cost between £5 and £14 depending on brand. A headlamp would set you back about £180-£184, while a fuel filter would cost in the £7 to £30 bracket. A water pump is in the £50-£75 bracket. And a thermostat is around £7-£22. A front shock absorber is in the £53-£58 bracket - or £30-£100 for rears.

On the Road

Fastback. The name sounds quite dynamic. And at first glance, the mechanical recipe does to some extent too. Compared to the ordinary i30 hatch, this variant rides 5mm lower and there are what Hyundai calls 'performance-orientated' shock absorbers, plus the suspension's 15% firmer and uses the kind of proper multi-link arrangement that's lacking in lower-order versions of many rivals. OK, so the two mainstream engine options are the same modestly-powered 1.0-litre and 1.4-litre T-GDI petrol units you'll find in any ordinary i30 but if that's not sufficient, you can ask your dealer about the potent 2.0-litre turbo petrol unit used in the i30N hot hatch. That sort of performance seems a bit of a world away in the kind of more ordinary Fastback model most will focus on. But the handling, even of mainstream variant, is a touch sharper than the ordinary i30 hatch if you're minded to throw this car into corners in a way a typical owner almost never would, something no doubt also helped a little by this Fastback body shape's extra 115mm of length over the rear axle. The 'Fastback' moniker, from Hyundai's perspective, designates more of a 'Grand Touring' demeanour, so quite a lot of care has been taken to ensure that the stiffer suspension doesn't overly damage ride quality. To good effect. Yes, you pick up nastier tarmac tears a little more than you would in the more conventional model but roll through the corners has been usefully reduced to compensate. Overall, for us, the ride and handling balance here is preferable to that of the standard i30 hatch. Try it and see if you feel the same. As for the efficiency figures, well they're reasonable enough, this 120PS 1.0 T-GDI variant recording 54.3mpg on the combined cycle and 120g/km of CO2 (both NEDC figures). Go for the pokier 140PS 1.4-litre T-GDI derivative and you'll be offered the option of an efficient DCT dual-clutch auto gearbox.


We could understand why you might be impressed but slightly underwhelmed by the conventional version of the third generation i30 hatch - to some extent, we were ourselves - but if that's the case, then we think you'll find that this Fastback variant delivers a much more appealing prospect. It packages up all the i30's undeniable virtues with quite a bit more flair - and there are plenty of them. We think this to be one of the most refined cars in the class. The level of standard safety kit is un-bettered in the sector too, plus this Hyundai also makes the grade when it comes to the important questions of practicality and media connectivity. True, it's not especially interesting to drive - but if drive dynamics are everything and budget permits, there's always the top i30 N Fastback flagship model to consider. So let's summarise. Will other volume brands follow Hyundai's lead here and produce stylised 'Gran Turismo'-style versions of their conventional family hatches? We doubt it. The Korean company probably hopes they won't. That will after all, leave this i30 Fastback as a unique option in its otherwise rather dull segment. It's sensibly stylish. And there has to be a market for that.

  • Rear wash/wipe
  • Electric front and rear windows + anti trap + one touch
  • Automatic front rain sensing wipers
  • Rear privacy glass
  • Aero wiper + intermittent function
  • Automatic defog system
  • Solar glass with windscreen shade band

  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Electronic parking brake with auto hold
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake Assist
  • Traction control
  • Anti-lock brake system
  • Electronic Stability Programme

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)

  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition
  • Apple car play/Android Auto

  • Parking system with rear camera and guidance system
  • Parking guidance system
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Forward collision warning
  • Driver alert system
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Lane keep assist
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Cruise control + speed limiter
  • Power assisted steering
  • Rear view camera
  • Lane departure warning system

  • Engine start/stop button

  • Blind spot monitor
  • Touchscreen colour Satellite Navigation
  • 8" touch screen sat nav with TMC
  • Smartphone wireless charging plate
  • Supervision cluster with 4.2" TFT display
  • Roll over sensor
  • Windscreen washer level indicator
  • Trip computer
  • Digital clock

  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Electric folding door mirrors
  • Body colour door mirrors with integral indicators
  • Electric adjustable heated door mirrors

  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB/aux input socket
  • RDS radio with MP3 player
  • Steering wheel mounted audio/phone controls
  • 6 speakers

  • Rear spoiler
  • Chrome door handles
  • Body coloured bumpers
  • Chrome window surround
  • Black front grille with chrome accent
  • Shark fin antenna

  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • Cornering headlights
  • LED tail lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Smart beam
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Follow me home headlights
  • LED brake lights
  • Front/rear fog lights
  • Headlamp levelling

  • Rear air vents
  • Dual zone climate control

  • Glove compartment
  • 12V accessory power point in centre console
  • Ski bag through loading
  • Leather gear knob
  • Chrome effect interior door handles
  • Variable boot floor
  • 12V socket in luggage compartment
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Centre console storage
  • Leather handbrake
  • Rear armrests with cupholder
  • Front cupholders
  • Height/reach adjustable steering column
  • Leather steering wheel
  • Cloth/leather upholstery
  • 12v socket in front centre armrest storage compartment
  • Front sliding armrest with storage compartment

  • Front and rear interior lights with delay
  • Luggage compartment lighting
  • Front map reading lights

  • Active front headrests
  • Curtain airbags
  • Driver/Front Passenger airbags
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front side airbags
  • Fasten seatbelt reminder
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Passenger airbag deactivate switch
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • Autonomous emergency braking
  • Tyre pressure monitor

  • 60/40 split folding flat to floor rear seats
  • Front/rear adjustable head restraints
  • Heated front seats
  • Driver's electric adjustable lumbar support
  • Electrically adjustable driver's seat
  • Isofix rear child seat fastenings
  • Front passenger seat height adjustment

  • Drive away door locking
  • Folding key
  • Deadlocks
  • Alarm/immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Remote central locking
  • Speed sensitive auto door locking
  • Keyless entry and start

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors

  • 18" alloy wheels

  • Emergency spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 132
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 141

  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 10.0:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 71.6
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 84
  • CC: 1353

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 39.8
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 56.5
  • EC Combined (mpg): 48.7
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 35.8
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 47.1
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 52.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 44.1
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 45.6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 7.9
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 6
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 5.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 6.4
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 6.2

  • Generation Mark: 3
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 15E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: N
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: N
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: N
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: N
  • Badge Power: 140
  • Badge Engine CC: 1.4
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: Premium
  • Coin Description: T GDI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 10
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False

  • Engine Torque - MKG: 24.7
  • Engine Power - KW: 103
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 179
  • Engine Torque - NM: 242
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 140
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 9.2
  • Top Speed: 129

  • Emissions Test Cycle: Second Act

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 225/40 R18
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 18" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 225/40 R18

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1425
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4455
  • Width: 1795
  • Wheelbase: 2650

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1255
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1840
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 450
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1400
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 600
  • Max. Loading Weight: 585
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1351
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 10.6

  • Metallic paint: £585
  • Pearlescent paint: £585
  • Solid paint: Included

  • Metallic - White sands: £585
  • Metallic - Fiery Red: £585
  • Metallic - Micron Grey: £585
  • Metallic - Stellar blue: £585
  • Metallic - Champion Blue: £585
  • Metallic - Olivine Grey: £585

  • Pearl - Phantom black: £585
  • Pearl - Platinum silver: £585

  • Solid - Engine red: £0
  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Cloth/leather - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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