The updated Hyundai i30 has received new looks, while the diesel engine has been dropped from the line-up.
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UPDATE, 14 October: Pricing for the 2021 Hyundai i30 hatch has been revealed online, with the base model rising by nearly $3000.

Replacing the Go, the new entry-level Hyundai i30 (no badge) now starts at $23,420 before on-road costs for a 2.0-litre hatch with a manual transmission – up $2980 from the pre-facelift i30 Go. Adding an automatic transmission will increase the price by $2000.

However, part of the price increase is due to the SmartSense safety package – now standard across the range – previously a $1750 option.

Move up to the i30 Active, and pricing starts from $26,920 before on-road costs, while the i30 Elite will set you back $30,220 plus on-road costs. Both models are auto-only with the 2.0-litre engine.

The Hyundai i30 N Line starts at $29,420 before on-road costs for the 1.6-litre turbo with a manual transmission, with the dual-clutch automatic adding $2000. Opt for the i30 N Line Premium and you will be paying $34,220 plus on-road costs for the manual, or an extra $2000 more for the dual-clutch auto.

Interestingly, Hyundai's configurator offers the option of a manual transmission in the i30 N Line Premium, despite the company's spec sheet showing the model as being auto-only.

See below for more details on the updated 2021 Hyundai i30 range, and keep an eye on CarAdvice for a full pricing and specifications of the entire line-up in the coming days.


12 October: The 2021 Hyundai i30 hatch has received its first major facelift locally, with CarAdvice bringing you the first exclusive photo of the new-model i30 Sedan Active for the Australian market.

While styling changes for Hyundai's i30 hatch can also be revealed ahead of the official announcement, it has been confirmed the i30 range will no longer be offered with a diesel engine.

Meanwhile, dealer sources have told CarAdvice to expect a price rise for the new i30 range. However, exact pricing is not due to be released for another week or so.

Other changes in the hatchback body show the entry-level Go variant will be replaced with the i30 (no badge), while it appears buyers will now only be able to get the 'Premium' package when coupled with an N Line.

While yet to be officially announced, CarAdvice has seen leaked documents showing the i30 Sedan will be offered in Active, Elite, N Line, and N Line Premium variants. Specifications for the i30 Sedan N Line models have yet to be finalised.

Curiously, the hatchback styling changes of the new i30 hatch differ from the facelift received in Europe, first seen in February 2020. It's worth noting the Hyundai i30 offered to European markets is manufactured in the Czech Republic, while Australian-delivered vehicles come from Korea.

VIDEO: 2021 Hyundai i30 Sedan N Line revealed and walkaround tour

It appears the Korean-built i30 hatch does not get the headlights seen on the recently unveiled i30 N hot hatch, featuring tick-shaped daytime-running lights integrated into the headlights. Instead, the entry-level i30, Active, and Elite models all receive a new, but more conservative headlight design.

However, unlike its European counterpart, the Aussie i30 hatch does get daytime-running lights lights in the front bumper, following design cues from the bold new Hyundai Tucson.

But while both the i30 N Line and i30 N Line Premium get the LED headlights seen on the current i30 N, both lose out on the new-design daytime-running lights in the bumper, with a carry-over front bumper design from the pre-update models – another point of difference between Australian- and European-market models.

Aside from the flagship i30 N hot hatch, only two engines will be available in the hatch line-up: a 2.0-litre non-turbo, direct-injected petrol four-cylinder with 120kW/203Nm, or a 1.6-litre turbo petrol four-cylinder with 150kW/265Nm. The latter is only available in N Line models.

The 2.0-litre non-turbo gets a choice of either six-speed manual or six-speed torque-converter automatic transmissions, while the 1.6-litre turbo engine can be optioned with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto.

While the i30 Sedan N Line and N Line Premium share their 150kW 1.6-litre turbo with the hatch, regular Active and Elite variants feature a multi-point-injected, 'SmartStream' badged version of the hatch's 2.0-litre four-cylinder, producing 117kW and 191Nm. Transmission choices in the sedan are identical to the hatch.

It's worth noting that the manual transmission options are limited to certain variants – the 2.0-litre is available with a manual in entry-level hatch and Active sedan forms only, while the 1.6-litre turbo only offers a three-pedal setup with the N Line (non-Premium). All other trim levels are automatic only.

Hyundai's SmartSense safety package is now standard across the i30 range, but both the entry-level and Active variants miss out on blind-spot collision warning, rear cross-traffic warning, and safe exit warning. Adaptive cruise control with stop and go is only available on automatic models.

A 10.25-inch infotainment screen offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, while in the i30 Elite in both body styles gain dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing wipers, and keyless entry and start.

All but the entry-level i30 hatch get a leather interior, meaning cloth trim won't be available in the i30 Sedan.

Additionally, all i30 hatch and sedan variants feature alloy wheels as standard – an upgrade over the outgoing i30 hatch and Elantra sedan (as the i30 Sedan was formerly known), which offered steel wheels with hubcaps on their base Go variants. Sizes range from 16 inches on the entry-level hatch to 18 inches on the flagship N Line models.

Official announcements on the updated Hyundai i30 range are expected this week.

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