AT A GLANCE
PRICE The Active kicks off at $20,950 (RRP) and the i30 tops out at $33,950 for the Premium and SR Premium. Hyundai claims to have $2000$5000 of added value, depending on the version. Premium paint costs $495.
TECHNOLOGY All i30s now have an eight-inch tablet-styled infotainment display with digital radio, satnav, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity. The Active is the only one to miss out on a suite of active driving aids and they’ll soon be available as a $1500 option. Rear sensors, a reversing camera and cruise are standard.
PERFORMANCE The Active picks up the 2.0-litre engine that previously powered the SR, while SR models now use a 1.6-litre turbo engine. The Elite and Premium variants use the 1.6-litre turbo diesel found in the old model but Hyundai says it will consider fitting the 2.0-litre engine to those cars if there’s enough customer demand.
DRIVING Local suspension tweaks ensure the cars are well mannered on most surfaces. The SR versions use multi-link rear suspension and the rest rely on a torsion beam — it does well enough, so most people won’t know or care what they’re suspended on.
DESIGN The longer and lower look translates to a much more mature i30. The car has a wagon-esque appearance side-on, similar to the Audi A3 Sportback and the cabin feels contemporary. Hard plastics can still be found but they are generally out of sight and aren’t nearly as flimsy as the plastics on some rivals.