While it’s no i30 N, the i30 Fastback does have a sporting stride to it. It’s been developed on the famed Nürburgring Nordschleife, boasts a 1.18-inch lower ride height compared to the 5-door i30, and a 15-percent stiffer chassis. However, it’s actually longer than the i30 5-door by a smidge over 4.5 inches.
Turning to safety and technology, the 2018 Hyundai i30 Fastback puts the measure front and center. Automatic emergency braking, automatic high beams, and active lane control all come standard with the i30 Fastback. A 5-inch touchscreen display is standard, though an upgraded 5-inch LDC unit is optional and includes a rearview camera. Of course, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are present as well.
Speed and power are not something the i30 Fastback accomplishes, however. Here, it’s about efficiency. Two frugal engine options highlight that fact: a 1.4-liter turbocharged inline-4 that makes 138 horsepower or a 1.0-liter inline-3 engine with 118 hp on tap. The larger 4-cylinder engine may be had with a 6-speed manual or 7-speed dual clutch transmission, while the 3-cylinder engine is only offered with a 6-speed manual.