Pinjarra Murray Times - - DRIVE WAY - Bill Buys

HYUNDAI has had a sen­sa­tional run with its i30, in­tro­duced in 2007 and an in­stant suc­cess. The sec­ond gen­er­a­tion was even bet­ter and the just-re­leased third gen, billed as the 're-in­vented i30' looks to be an­other win­ner for the Korean giant.

The i30 spent many months as Aus­tralia's top-sell­ing car, won the Car of the Year award mul­ti­ple times and the lat­est comes in petrol and diesel, in Ac­tive, Elite, SR and Premium mod­els and with man­ual or au­to­matic trans­mis­sion.

The hatch is a bit more el­e­gant, and also a tad taller, wider and longer, and comes with a lot of de­sir­able stan­dard fea­tures, even in the base $20,950 Ac­tive model.

But every one of the range gets an 8.0-inch tablet screen with satel­lite-nav­i­ga­tion, SUNA traf­fic up­dates, DAB+ dig­i­tal ra­dio and Ap­ple CarPlay/An­droid Auto con­nec­tiv­ity.

Also stan­dard through­out are a re­vers­ing cam­era, park­ing sen­sors, cruise con­trol, dig­i­tal speedo, seven airbags, and al­loy wheels.

Our test car was a Premium diesel with a 100kW/300Nm 1.6litre turbo and seven-speed au­to­matic shifter. The diesel mo­tor is stan­dard in the mid-spec Elite and top-rank­ing Premium, the lat­ter priced at $33,950.

It's a nicely fin­ished car with space for up to five in com­fort­able sur­round­ings with ex­cel­lent vis­i­bil­ity and want­ing for noth­ing in equip­ment.

It has au­tonomous emer­gency brak­ing with pedes­trian de­tec­tion, blind-spot warn­ing, lane-change as­sist, adap­tive cruise con­trol, rear cross-traf­fic alert, fine dig­i­tal in­stru­men­ta­tion, an An­droid wire­less charg­ing pad, cli­mate con­trol, elec­tric park brake and key­less start.

The leather-trimmed beauty has LED day­time run­ning and head­lights, a full-length glass sun­roof, heated and cooled seats and runs on 17-inch al­loys.

That is a very com­pre­hen­sive pack­age.

The boot has 395litres of lug­gage space and houses a full-size spare wheel, which is pretty rare th­ese days, and if you pop the back seats down, the load space in­creases to 1300litres.

Plus there are four tie-down hooks and a lug­gage net.

OK, so it's got every­thing that opens and shuts, but what does it drive like? Even bet­ter than it looks. The turbo-diesel's mas­sive 300Nm gives am­ple urge for quick get­aways or easy cruis­ing, and uses an av­er­age 4.7litres/100km, or about half of what one would ex­pect from a com­pa­ra­ble petrolpow­ered car.

Also, the seven-speed self­shifter is smooth and the re­worked sus­pen­sion gives a comfy but com­pli­ant, al­most Euro, ride.

It sails through cor­ners eas­ily and sans fuss, stays level and would please driv­ers who like to add a touch of verve to their trans­port.

There's also a more pow­er­ful and sportier i30 in the SR, which, for the same price, has in­de­pen­dent rear sus­pen­sion and 150kW un­der its bon­net.

An­other mag­net is Hyundai's five-year/un­lim­ited dis­tance war­ranty, road­side as­sist and ser­vic­ing plan.

Ver­dict: Much to like, noth­ing that didn't please.

Hyundai's lat­est i30.

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