The Hyundai i30 Fastback is currently getting a bit of coverage as it is launched to the UK press. I’m delighted that Hyundai is bringing it to these shores, but something has caught my eye.
Overall, I rather like the look of this car. It provides a touch more elegance and panache than the standard 5-door hatch. Arguably, it can be said to rival the Audi A3 and, perhaps more credibly, the Mazda3 Fastback (albeit both of those are 4-door saloons, this is a 5-door), and Skoda Octavia. It also extends choice to the market, and with my basic grounding in economics, I’ve been conditioned to think that more choice is a good thing. So, thumbs up thus far.
Then I noticed a small glitch, which is probably also there on the other i30 body-shapes, and this has since become the first, if not the only, detail that I notice on this car – it’s like I am subconsciously asking myself if it is still there. It relates to the oft-struggled with base of the A-pillar.
In this case, the lower edge of said A-pillar is out of line with the lower edge of the bonnet shut line as it abuts the front wing. It creates a small step, which is a bit ugly and, well, unnecessary, don’t you think? I can’t help thinking that Audi would not have let it through its QA process.