The Volkswagen Golf rival's mid-life refresh aims to help it face off newer rivals with a redesigned exterior, more advanced safety and connectivity tech, and new mild-hybrid engines.
The hatchback line-up now begins with SE Connect trim, on sale from £20,695. This includes 16in alloy wheels, automatic headlights with LED daytime running lights, electric folding door mirrors and an 8.0in touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. A rear-view camera, rear parking sensors and front and rear electric windows also come as standard.
SE Connect cars can be specified with a 48V mild-hybrid 1.0-litre turbocharged petrol, producing 118bhp and paired exclusively with a six-speed manual transmission, or a 134bhp 1.6-litre mild-hybrid diesel with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox.
The i30 Premium models begin at £23,695, with petrol-powered cars gaining the option of an automatic transmission. Equipment includes 17in alloy wheels, LED headlights and tail-lights, an upgraded 10.25in touchscreen infotainment system and 7.0in digital instrument cluster, along with heated front seats, front parking sensors and wireless smartphone charging.
Top-spec i30 N Line models receive a sporty bodykit, 18in alloy wheels, N Line interior upholstery and a bespoke steering wheel and gearlever. The trim will be launched with a 156bhp 1.5-litre turbocharged mild-hybrid petrol engine and can be equipped with either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch automatic. Prices start at £24,695.
The refreshed i30 receives a wider grille with a new 3D pattern, slimmer headlights and new bumpers for both the five-door hatchback and fastback model. The sportier N Line variant is more distinct, too, with a different grille design among a series of alterations.