We showed you the three-door Kia pro_cee’d two days ago – now have a look at its sister, the Hyundai i30 3-door. Unlike the Kia, there’s no fancy name here, just i30 3-door. We first saw this three-door version of the C-segment i30 in September last year, but Hyundai has just released a big batch of fresh pics, so here you go.
The Czech-made three-door hatch joins the five-door and wagon versions in the i30 range, and was designed exclusively for Europe. There’s a new grille with mesh insert and unique design fog lamps with LED DRLs, while the profile is more sporty thanks to a sharply raked beltline, more angular glasshouse and longer front doors.
The latter – 170 mm longer – also provides a wider aperture ahead of the B-pillar, making access to the front seats easier. Rear seat passengers enjoy good space, with 38 mm more hip room than the five-door and only 21 mm less shoulder room. Other external and internal dimensions are carried over.
In addition to the existing 17-inch alloys, the i30 3-door also offers exclusive 16-inch wheels and a new orange themed interior trim. The latter includes contrasting orange stitching on the steering wheel, gear shift knob, upper dashboard and door armrest.
Interestingly, Hyundai says that the new i30 has proven to be popular with fleet managers and company car drivers. From the sales target of 120,000 units per year, the Korean brand forecasts a 50:50 split between fleet and private sectors.
This popularity is thanks to Hyundai’s Five-Year Triple Care programme (five-year warranty with no mileage limit, five-year roadside assistance), plus lower total ownership cost, improved fuel efficiency, lower CO2 figures and a lower insurance classification compared to the previous-gen i30.
Full gallery of 40 images after the jump.