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With loads of standard features and low running costs, the base model Hyundai i30 looks set to build on its big following.
HYUNDAI’S third-generation i30 has arrived in Australia and will please the hungry hordes of small-car buyers who have “value for money’’ at top their shopping list.
As a six-time recipient best small car award Down Under, the latest i30 makes another serious pitch for a seventh gong with
suite of standard features and local engineering input.
The i30 comes in five variants, kicking off with the base-spec Active and running through Elite, Premium, SR SR Premium variants.
But there is nothing “basic’’ about the entry-level Active, our test car, that comes loaded with gear that will satisfy most drivers and particularly those love a good driveaway deal from reliable marque,
a long warranty to match. For just $24,990 driveaway, you get features including satellite navigation via large, dashboard-mounted eight-inch multimedia interface, DAB+ digital radio, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, steering wheel-operated voice control a zippy 2.0 litre engine. Not bad at all.
The third-generation i30 is longer and larger, looks pretty good in its new skin with bigger grille and clean design that rides on standard alloy wheels (Active, Elite Premium) 18-inch on
The new i30’s sophistication and technology platform will further enhance our best-selling model in Australia SCOTT GRANT — HYUNDAI AUSTRALIA
sports variants (SR and SR Premium).
There are clearly styling cues here from Europe, but that’s no bad thing.
Exterior fit finish is excellent and the theme continues inside the i30. Instruments clean easy to read, as trip computer functions located between the tachometer and speedometer that are accessed by a simple flick of a switch on the steering wheel.
All controls are use — functionality is high point in the Hyundai and you never feel as if there will be need to stop car consult driver handbook work something out.
The Active has a traditional hand-operated park brake, opposed the electric set-up in higher specs, and starts up using key, not a button.
addition of digital radio is fantastic and offers a clearer, crisper listening experience through the Hyundai’s sound system, particularly on AM band.
Finding satellite navigation in a car at this price was a pleasant surprise. The i30 unit has audible warnings for upcoming school zones and the like, with good graphics to boot.
There are cupholders in doors centre console, twin 12V outlets a USB slot up front, plenty of leg room anyone over six-foot tall the old money. Front seats comfortable with good bolstering. Rear-seat legroom is and the hatch will swallow a couple of small suitcases. It’s car but certainly not claustrophobic. Driving the i30 was lot more fun than expected. While it lacks a turbo, I thought 2.0-litre GDi (gasoline direct injection) did an excellent job, mated to the six-speed auto in our demonstrator with its three driving modes — normal, eco and sport. More noticeable was the attention paid to the suspension tune, which has had a great deal of Australian input, and it really shows, with much better, sharper ride control than you might expect in the small-car class sticker price that’s mid$20,000 range.
The Active gets plenty of safety features with seven airbags, hill-start assist, electronic brakeforce distribution and reversing camera.
Blind spot warning is available in the Elite and all specifications above.
“i30 has been a six-time Australia’s Best Car winner for good reasons,’’ Hyundai Motor Company Australia chief operating officer Scott Grant said.
“It’s also hugely successful model for HMCA and I confidently predict this handsome even better third-generation i30 will continue that success.
“The new i30’s incredible overall sophistication fantastic technology platform further enhance our best-selling model in Australia.
“And our industry-leading after-sales iCare customer care program, legendary five-year/ unlimited kilometre warranty and lifetime service plan all make it even more attractive.
“Let’s just say that I look forward to welcoming a devoted group of new i30 owners to our Hyundai family.”
Engine and transmission choices start with the i30 Active’s standard 120kW/203Nm Nu 2.0-litre GDi petrol four-cylinder, either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Also available in the i30 Active, Elite and Premium variants is Hyundai’s 1.6-litre CRDi (common rail diesel injection) engine mated to a seven-speed, dual-clutch transmission (DCT) or six-speed manual (Active variant only).
Available exclusively in i30 SR sports variants, 150kW/265Nm Gamma 1.6-litre Turbo-GDi petrol comes with a seven-speed DCT or six-speed manual.
The i30’s long list of available technologies includes full LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging and heated and ventilated front seats.
On-road dynamics have been exhaustively tested optimised for local conditions driver preferences by Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s highly credentialed Chassis Development Team.
Summing up, the Active is a great car for the money, well-specced with plenty of gear in base-trim, and perfect first young driver or second car for small family.
The i30 does everything pretty well, is zippy great handling and whets appetite the upcoming arrival of its very hot-hatch sibling, i30N.