The hugely successful Hyundai i30 range has been given a major update for 2010. New engines and trim levels will make Hyundai's big seller even more accessible and further reduce running costs for private and company drivers alike.
As a further bonus, Intelligent Stop & Go technology (ISG) will be introduced as a special order option, bringing impressive tax and fuel savings to both private and company buyers.
A new model in the range - named Classic - will be the new entry-level Hyundai i30, available with the popular 1.4-litre petrol engine and a new 1.6-litre CRDi diesel with 90PS. Both have an impressive specification including ESP, air conditioning and electric front windows. The Hyundai i30 Classic 1.4 costs just £12,000 (at the new higher 17.5 % VAT rate) while the Classic 1.6 CRDi costs £12,950, reducing the price of the cheapest Hyundai i30 diesel by £1,140.
The new Hyundai i30 Comfort model costs just £700 more than the Classic and adds electric rear windows, steering wheel audio controls and - new for 2010 - a leather trimmed steering wheel and gear knob plus 16" alloy wheels. The Comfort is expected to be the biggest seller in the Hyundai i30 range and is available with 1.4 and 1.6-litre petrol engines and a 115PS 1.6-litre diesel. Both 1.6-litre engines are also available with an automatic gearbox.
The price of the range-topping Premium has been realigned, making it up to £1,200 cheaper than its predecessor. Now available from £14,750, the Premium package still features a high specification such as 17" alloy wheels, reversing sensors and climate control. The full leather upholstery of the 2009 model year car is replaced by half leather trim, although full leather is still a £650 option - which still makes a 2010 Premium with full leather over £500 cheaper than before.
These prices mean obvious savings for private buyers - the Hyundai i30 1.6 petrol Comfort is a massive £4,670 cheaper than the entry-level 1.6 Ford Focus. But company car drivers will also find they can save hundreds in tax by choosing an i30 over rival hatchbacks thanks to lower list prices and emissions levels.
For those wanting even bigger savings, Intelligent Stop & Go technology (ISG) has also been introduced as a £200 option on all Hyundai i30 models with manual transmission for the first time, giving improvements in fuel economy of up to 10 per cent on the hatchback and 14 per cent on the Estate.
Adding ISG drops CO2 emissions of the new Hyundai i30 Classic 1.6 CRDi 90PS from 115 to 110 g/km, allowing businesses to write down 100 per cent of their capital write-down allowance in the first year. For drivers wanting more carrying capacity, the CO2 emissions of the Comfort 1.6 CRDi 115PS Estate shrink from 124 to 119 g/km, saving customers £85 per year in road tax and dropping company car drivers from 18 per cent to 13 per cent benefit-in-kind.
The new Hyundai i30 range will officially go on sale from 4th January 2010, with orders being taken now.Published 4 December 2009