HYUNDAI I30 CRDI ACTIVE X AUTO
Active X, one up from the entry model, adds $1000 and scores leather trim, mirror repeater lights, superior steering wheel and instruments and minor hardware upgrades. The seven-speed dualclutch auto comes at a premium of $2300 over the six-speed manual. Warranty is five years/unlimited km. Capped servicing over three years is $867, at intervals of 12 months/15,000km.
Series II i30 has swoopy external styling and a functional if overly plastic grey interior. New tech includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. There are rear park assist, seven-inch infotainment screen, decent audio, legible dials and controls. The five-seat hatch comes with a roomy interior, ample luggage space and full-size alloy spare. Similar weight to Corolla Hybrid at 1337kg.
Plenty of grunt percolates from the 1.6-litre fourcylinder turbo diesel with variable geometry turbo (VGT) and other efficiency boosting technology. Output is 100kW/300Nm (in the auto; manual has 260Nm) and it sips as little as 4.9L/100km, giving a potential range of about 1000km.
No advanced driver assistance features but the Active X scores a five-star rating, has seven airbags and the mandated safety features. Its Hankook tyres feel grippy, whether on wet or dry roads. Full-size spare is a big plus.
It’s a good thing from behind the wheel thanks in part to the drivetrain, with the seven-speeder optimising the diesel’s torque. Multiple drive modes are selectable — the most economical being the least driver friendly. It’s relatively quiet inside and benefits from locally calibrated suspension, with a sporty feel, even with simple torsion beam rear set-up. Tows up to 1300kg.
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