New i30 Turbo  (1)

If you want to buy a sporty turbocharged Hyundai hatchback, you won’t be limited to the Veloster Turbo any longer because Hyundai’s mid-life facelift for their i30 hatchback includes a new variant called the i30 Turbo.

The ‘Nurburgring-tuned’ (Hyundai’s own words) hatchback has a 1.6 litre turbocharged T-GDI Gamma engine that does 186 PS at 5,500 rpm and 265 Nm of torque from 1,500-4,500 rpm. It’s mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Along with the sportier suspension tuning, there are 18 inch wheels and a more direct 2.78 turn lock-to-lock steering ratio. It also has a new exclusive colour called Jet Black.

New i30 Turbo  (10)

Aesthetics-wise, the i30 Turbo has a new radiator grille, front and rear bumper with red detailing, new front LED design, and twin exhausts. In the inside, it gets sports front seats, sports instrument cluster and contrasting red details on the steering wheel, gear knob and door trims.

The regular i30 has also got some updates with the mid-life facelift. The 1.4 litre Gamma petrol engine option has been replaced by a new 100 PS, 135 Nm Kappa engine that is lighter, more fuel efficient and less polluting. It’s available only with a 6-speed manual. There’s also a 1.6 litre Gamma engine doing 120 PS and 156 Nm, available either with a 6-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic.

Diesel-heads can opt for a 1.6 litre diesel engine with two different tunes – 100 PS or 136 PS. These engines make identical torque of 280 Nm at 1,500-3,000 rpm when equipped with a 6-speed manual, but opt for the new 7-speed dual clutch transmission and the diesel engines get a 300 Nm tune at 1,750-2,500 rpm.

Although designed and marketed as a car for Europe, the i30 is available in selected countries outside the region including Malaysia, where it’s available with a 1.8 litre engine from RM124k. Find out more about the Hyundai i30 in Malaysia at our car research portal CarBase.my.