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New technology is available on all manual i30s

Hyundai has added a stop-start system to its revised i30 range.

The main model to benefit is the i30 estate. Its CO2 emissions drop from 124g/km to 119g/km when equipped with a stop-start 1.6 CRDi engine. This qualifies it for £35 road tax, while company car tax rates on the model shrink from 18 per cent benefit-in-kind to 13 per cent.

Stop-start is now a £200 option on all manual models in the i30 range, with Hyundai claiming it improves fuel consumption by 10 per cent in the hatchback model and 14 per cent in the estate.

The Korean firm has also added a new entry-level model to the range. The Hyundai i30 Classic will cost from £12,000 when equipped with the 1.4-litre petrol engine and from £12,950 with the 1.6 diesel. Standard kit includes ESP, air conditioning and electric front windows.

The new i30 range is available to order now, with the first deliveries starting on 4 January.

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theonlydt 7 December 2009

Re: Hyundai i30 gets stop-start tech

HyundaiSmoke wrote:
Yeah thats pretty sad that Hyundai doesnt provide you guys with a 2.0, considering Europe is a hot hatch market.

A 134bhp 2.0 petrol would have minimal sales over here - it wouldn't be a hot hatch. The 2.0 turbo would be a decent choice for a "hot version", although I think a "warm" version would probably be best (somewhere around 170bhp, forced induction for mid-range torque)

theonlydt 7 December 2009

Re: Hyundai i30 gets stop-start tech

HyundaiSmoke wrote:
i30 Classic=Elantra Touring GLS Base

Although only available in N.America with a 2.0 litre petrol, not available in the UK.

While I like the idea of stop/start and the effect this has on the mpg figures (urban) are pretty impressive, has anyone done a "real life" test to see what the savings are? At the moment the £200 extra charged by some manufacturers means it pays back quickly, as generally it helps drop the car a tax band (this year a drop from C to B saves £90 a year).

Mazda's stop/start tech is the most interesting to me - it seems the smoothest and most efficient (in theory) due to the combination of direct injection, injecting into the cylinder at the right part of the stroke etc...