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Hyundai i30 facelift revealed for Europe

Updated hatchback and wagon get new face, Smartstream diesel engine, and new infotainment option.
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Hyundai Europe has revealed its refreshed 2019 i30 range this week, complete with a new look and a cleaner diesel engine.

For the new model year, Hyundai's European division has given the i30 hatchback and wagon lines an updated bumper from the i30 Fastback, which incorporates a new LED daytime-running lights signature.

In addition to the minor design update, European i30 buyers can now choose from two new colours for the hatch and wagon – Stellar Blue and Olivine Grey.

Under the skin Hyundai has introduced the option of its new 1.6-litre Smartstream turbo-diesel engine in three different states of tune – 70kW, 85kW and 100kW.

The low-output version is only available with a six-speed manual transmission, while the mid- and high-output tunes offer both a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic.

Additionally, all diesel i30 variants are now equipped with exhaust fluid after-treatment systems (urea/water mix), while all petrol variants have been equipped with a gasoline particulate filter. The changes make all i30 variants, including the N hot hatch, compliant with Euro 6d Temp regulations.

Rounding out the changes is the introduction is a new infotainment option for European customers, in the form of the company's 8.0-inch Display Audio system featuring Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. It's essentially the unit offered locally in the entry-level i30 Go, which doesn't have in-built satellite navigation.


We've contacted Hyundai's local division to see if the changes in Europe will be carried over to Australian models, and are awaiting a response.

It's unclear whether these changes are specific to European models, which are built at the company's Czech manufacturing plant. Other than the i30 N, the Australian-market i30 range is sourced from Korea, hence why we don't get the Fastback or wagon variants.

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