Santa Margherita Ligure (Italy) – We went here in this beautiful little town near the see to have a deep test drive with new Hyundai i30. Designed for those who want stylish practicality with a distinctive dash of sporting flair, the i30 is aimed at the discerning individual who wants something different, but with proven integrity and quality. Available at launch as a 5-door hatchback, followed by an estate car, the i30 opens a new chapter for Hyundai in Europe. Exterior Flowing curves, emphasised by strong character lines highlight the broad stance and long wheelbase of the Hyundai i30. The clearly defined unbroken waistline unifies the classic proportions. The effect is modern, yet exciting, giving a dynamic impression of performance and capability. Key words: elegant and balanced sporting style. The pronounced dual intake frontal styling seems to mould effortlessly into the bonnet and A pillar lines. The upsweep of the rear window lines mirrors the lower character line. The sculpted rear appearance is achieved by a combination of qualified curves that extend the waistline and reflect the curvaceous front and side styling. Every element of the design works in harmony. The seemingly effortless interaction of front and rear light clusters, unobtrusive roof spoiler and superb front proportions, all contribute a powerful sense of proportion and purpose. Interior The long wheelbase and generous width of the i30, combined with Hyundai’s acknowledged skill in interior space packaging have produced an interior fully focused upon class-leading comfort, functionality and practicality. Dynamic refinement has been applied to every aspect, including air management, the light airy ambience, seating comfort and intuitive ergonomics. The Hyundai i30 was conceived from the beginning as a driver’s car. The clarity of the instruments, tilt and telescope steering wheel, supportive sporty seats and optimal gearshift positioning are all evidence of this. For extra clarity, LCD technology has been used for the central info display and the instrument panel mounted display and warning lights. Generous directional air vents ensure optimum interior air distribution. Engines A choice of three petrol and three diesel power options, combined with manual or automatic transmission means the Hyundai i30 can meet virtually every driving, or geographic powertrain preference. All petrol engines have 16v CVVT and variable inlet technology. All diesel engines can be best described as state-of-the-art. The Hyundai i30 offers a wide range of engines. At the entry-level, Hyundai’s new 109ps 1.4 petrol engine offers a sparkling combination of fuel economy and performance with 137 Nm torque. A new 1.6 engine gives 122ps and 154 Nm torque, while the range topping 2.0 offers 143ps with 186 Nm torque.In terms of diesel, a new 1.6 CRDi is available in 90ps version with 235 Nm torque and 115ps versions with an outstanding 255 Nm torque. At the top end, the 2.0 CRDi puts out an exhilarating 140ps with 304 Nm torque. All feature variable geometry turbo charging (VGT).