This bestseller just got even cheaper, writes Neil McDonald
THE starting price for Hyundai’s bestseller has dipped under $20,000 with Hyundai Australia adding a 1.6-litre four cylinder to its i30 range to broaden the hatch’s appeal.
At $19,390 the 1.6-litre SX is $1000 less than the entry 2.0-litre SX. The smaller engine develops 89kW/ 153Nm and uses about 10 per cent less petrol than the 2-litre.
The 1.6-litre five-speed manual uses 6.5 litres/ 100km with CO emissions of 155g/km.
Hyundai Australia spokesman Stephen Howard says the 1.6 will be a valuable addition, but he doesn’t expect it to dominate i30 sales.
‘‘We expect it to account for about 10 to 15 per cent of i30 volumes,’’ he says. ‘‘The 2.0 will remain our volume seller, but the 1.6 will definitely bring people into showrooms as a price leader.’’
The 1.6 will only be available in a hatch. The larger and heavier i30 SX wagon will stick with the 2-litre.
The 1.6 SX gets electronic stability control, five-star crash rating, antiskid brakes, airconditioning, power windows, tilt and telescopic adjusting steering wheel. An automatic is an extra $2000.
It also has a four-speaker sound system and 15-inch steel wheels.
Hatch appeal: the i30 is Hyundai’s best performer.