2025 Hyundai i30 Hatchback: Powertrain Updates and New Features

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Hyundai is set to introduce significant updates to its popular i30 hatchback for the 2025 model year. The refreshed model will arrive in Australian showrooms later this year, offering a revised lineup focused on performance-oriented N Line and N trims, while also embracing new mild-hybrid technology.

N Line Trim: New Mild-Hybrid Engine

The 2025 Hyundai i30 N Line will see a major change under the hood, with the introduction of a 1.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. This new powertrain replaces the outgoing 2.0-litre non-turbo and 1.6-litre turbo engines. The mild-hybrid setup is designed to improve fuel efficiency and reduce emissions, though it does come with a noticeable power reduction.

The new engine is rated at 118kW and is expected to produce 253Nm of torque. While this is a slight increase in torque compared to the 2.0-litre non-turbo engine (203Nm), it falls short of the 1.6-litre turbo engine's 150kW and 265Nm. Despite the reduction in power, the mild-hybrid system offers benefits such as an auto engine stop-start feature and additional boost during acceleration.

Performance and Fuel Efficiency

Hyundai Europe claims a fuel consumption rate of 5.7L/100km for the new mild-hybrid engine, a significant improvement over the 7.4L/100km rating for the 2.0-litre engine under Australian testing standards. The mild-hybrid system cannot drive the wheels on electric power alone but can provide supplementary power to enhance overall efficiency.

Transmission Options and Pricing

Both six-speed manual and seven-speed automatic transmissions have been certified for the 2025 i30 N Line. However, the availability of the manual transmission in showrooms remains uncertain, given its low sales volume, accounting for only five to ten percent of current i30 sales.

Prices for the updated i30 are expected to rise due to the shift in production from South Korea to the Czech Republic. This move incurs a five percent import tariff, which will likely impact the final cost for Australian consumers.

N Line Features and Enhancements

The updated i30 N Line will come equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, and sports suspension. Hyundai Australia also has the option to fit the new model with either the standard 2.0-litre i30 brakes or the larger discs from the current N Line. The availability of the sports brake pack may be limited to a more expensive Premium variant.

A new semi-autonomous feature, Highway Driving Assist, will be available on flagship versions of the updated i30. This system combines adaptive cruise control and lane-centering assist, enhancing the driving experience on long highway journeys.

The Hero i30 N: Uncompromised Performance

The top-of-the-line i30 N will continue to feature the powerful 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, delivering 206kW and 392Nm. This high-performance variant will be available with either a six-speed manual or an eight-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.

Fastback Body Style: A Possible Comeback?

Hyundai has submitted paperwork to approve the Fastback body style for the updated i30 N range. While there is no guarantee it will be available in showrooms, this potential addition would offer an alternative to the traditional hatchback design. The i30 N Fastback was previously discontinued as a permanent model in 2021 but made a brief return as a limited edition in 2022.


The 2025 Hyundai i30 hatchback promises to deliver a blend of performance, efficiency, and advanced features with its new mild-hybrid engine and updated trims. While prices are expected to increase, the enhancements and focus on performance-oriented models make the i30 a compelling choice for drivers seeking a modern, efficient, and sporty hatchback. The arrival of the updated i30 later this year will mark another step forward for Hyundai in the competitive small car segment.

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