Hyundai’s bud­get­buy

This best­seller just got even cheaper, writes Neil McDon­ald

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Onroad -

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.

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