What is it?

This is a new, greener version of Hyundai’s European-built i30 hatchback, featuring a stop-start system and ‘Blue Drive’ sub-branding.

It was unveiled at the Geneva motor show last month, and goes on sale in the autumn. The newly developed ISG (for Integrated Stop and Go) system is made by Bosch, and will initially be fitted to the 1.4 and 1.6 petrol versions of the i30.

It’s been designed to ensure that the engine restarts particularly quickly, and also comes with an intelligent alternator that performs most of its charging duties when the car is coasting or braking to further save fuel. On the 1.6 litre petrol these systems reduce CO2 emissions by seven per cent to 142g/km, a 10g/km gain on the standard car.

What’s it like?

Identical to a stock i30, except that the engine cuts off when you push the gearlever into neutral and are doing less than 2.5mph. The switch-off is seamless – if you have the radio up loud you may not even notice that the engine has shut down – and the motor fires up again well before you’ve fully sunk the clutch, and without any of the transverse engine shake that afflicts the stop-start Mini.

The result is pretty unobtrusive fuel saving around town. The intelligent alternator allows the system to operate at temperatures lower than the Mini’s, which will not switch the engine off in sub-zero conditions, further saving fuel.

Should I buy one?

It’s a shame that Hyundai is not yet offering Blue Drive stop-start on its diesel engines – the 1.6 CRD already sits at a fairly low 125g/km, which would presumably drop below the 120g/km threshold with this hardware installed.

As it is, the 1.6 petrol’s emissions drop from 152g/km to 142g/km is useful, but does not allow the i30 to sit among the low-emission front-runners in its class. Nevertheless, fuel-saving stop-start technology is welcome on any model.

As to the i30 itself, we already rate this Hyundai quite highly as a well-priced alternative in the Ford Focus class, and its greater efficiency can only help.

Richard Bremner

Join the debate

Comments
3

Re: Hyundai i30 1.6 Blue Drive

5 years 13 weeks ago

How did blue become green?

Why does every eco model have to have 'blue' in the name?

Was it VW's fault with the Bluemotion models?

Re: Hyundai i30 1.6 Blue Drive

5 years 13 weeks ago

EU directive I think - you're not allowed to call things that pollute Green or somesuch idiocy - hence the manufacturers have all agreed on blue as the marketing trigger. It reminds me of tampon adverts...

Bring back steel wheels.

Re: Hyundai i30 1.6 Blue Drive

5 years 13 weeks ago

W124 wrote:
EU directive I think - you're not allowed to call things that pollute Green or somesuch idiocy - hence the manufacturers have all agreed on blue as the marketing trigger

Isn't Skodas version called the Greenline?

Please register or login to post a comment.

Our Verdict

Can the second-generation Hyundai i30 challenge for class honours?

Driven this week

  • Porsche Boxster GTS UK first drive review

    Porsche Boxster GTS UK first drive review

    First drive
    1 September 2014 10:16am

    Go-faster Boxster renders the Boxster S entirely redundant, but not the slower but still sweet basic model

  • BMW M4 convertible first drive review

    BMW M4 convertible first drive review

    First drive
    30 August 2014

    More visceral than the M4 coupé thanks to more audible exhaust and well-controlled swirl of air in the cabin, but dynamics suffer slightly

  • Radical RXC

    Radical RXC

    Car review
    29 August 2014

    The Radical RXC offers one of the most extreme driving experiences available on public roads

  • Denza EV first drive review

    Denza first drive review

    First drive
    29 August 2014

    Daimler joint venture with BYD yields this four-door notchback for China, but it's not fast or refined enough to compete on European turf

  • Renault Twingo TCe 90 Dynamique first drive review

    Renault Twingo TCe 90 Dynamique first drive review

    First drive
    28 August 2014

    New city car is entertaining to drive and commendably spacious, although it lacks the refinement of the Volkswagen Up