Hyundai has an i30 for just about everyone. A decent, comfortable car to go to work? The normal hatchback is there for you. Need more space? The Tourer will do the trick. If you want a fast-going stick shifter version, there’s the i30N! But what about style? Look no further than the new Hyundai i30 Fastback.

Liken it to BMW GTs, except more appropriate and less offensive looking. It’s only available in a five-door fastback style, with the roofline trimmed 25mm lower than the i30 hatch. The newly designed taillights and ducktail spoiler complete the back.

Both front and rear bumpers are new and the grille is a tad smaller, making the car look larger. Suspension has also been tweaked – 15 percent stiffer with 5mm lower springs.

Meanwhile, the cabin is identical to other i30 variants. There’s also an 8.0-inch infotainment screen that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while active safety features such as Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist System are standard in this i30 Fastback.

There are two petrol engines offered for the i30 hatchback. One is a four-cylinder 1.4-litre direct injection turbocharged with 138 hp and an the other is a 1.0-litre three-cylinder turbo with 116 hp. The engines can be mated with either a six-speed manual or a seven speed dual-clutch automatic.

The Hyundai i30 Fastback will be available in showrooms later in the year. The bigger question now is, will the i30 Fastback be sold in Malaysia? We have a funny feeling it won’t.


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Travis Chang
While his day job is as exciting as a certain beige saloon, he knows a thing or two about cars and motorsports. The true definition of motoring nirvana according to him is a clear and twisty tarmac surrounded with mesmerizing vistas, followed with a track list of indie tunes on the stereo. Any cars will do fine, not so for big MPVs which he loathes...