Engine Hyundai-Kia G3LE

The 1.0-liter Hyundai G3LE engine has been produced by the Korean concern only since 2020 and is installed on such popular models as i10, i20, Bayon, as well as Kia Rio, Ceed and Stonic. This unit belongs to the Smartstream line and is often combined with the iMT manual transmission.

Kappa R3 family: G3LA, G3LB, G3LC, G3LD, G3LE, G3LF.


Production years since 2020
Displacement, cc 998
Fuel system direct injection
Power output, hp 100
Torque output, Nm 172
Cylinder block aluminum R3
Block head aluminum 12v
Cylinder bore, mm 71
Piston stroke, mm 84
Compression ratio 10.5
Features ISG
Hydraulic lifters yes
Timing drive chain
Phase regulator Dual CVVT
Turbocharging yes
Recommended engine oil 0W-20
Engine oil capacity, liter 3.6
Fuel type petrol
Euro standards EURO 6
Fuel consumption, L/100 km (for Kia Stonic 2021)
— city
— highway
— combined
Engine lifespan, km ~220 000
Weight, kg 84

The engine was installed on:

  • Hyundai i10 3 (AC3) since 2020;
  • Hyundai i20 3 (BC3) since 2020;
  • Hyundai Bayon 1 (BC3) since 2021;
  • Kia Ceed 3 (CD) since 2021;
  • Kia Picanto 3 (JA) since 2020;
  • Kia Rio 4 (YB) since 2020;
  • Kia Stonic 1 (YB) since 2020.

Disadvantages of the Hyundai G3LE engine

  • So far, most complaints are related to the Start-Stop system or electrical glitches.
  • Like all direct injection units, it suffers from carbon deposits on the intake valves.
  • The timing chain does not have a large resource and often stretches to 100,000 km.
  • It is also important to monitor the cooling system, this motor is very afraid of overheating.

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