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which displays a range of trip computer information, as well as system status and visual alerts from SmartSense and other safety systems.
It can also show turn-by-turn directions from the on-board satellite navigation. Supervision cluster is standard on SR, SR Premium, Elite, and Premium models.
Hyundai recently launched a world-first smartphone app that helps new i30 owners become better drivers.
Standard on all new i30 variants, Hyundai Auto Link connects the car’s computer to a mobile phone via Bluetooth, keeping track of the car’s performance and providing analytical information.
Included is general driving information, parking management, driving statistics (fuel consumption and speed pattern), vehicle health check and report, message box and present or requested location on a map.
Exclusive to i30 SR Premium is Hyundai’s 150kW / 265Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine mated with a seven-speed DCT transmission, incorporating steering wheelmounted shift paddles.
For the first time, the i30 carries Hyundai’s comprehensive SmartSense driver assistance package offering significant passive and active safety technology upgrades.
These include autonomous emergency braking and forward collision warning, blind spot detection with lane change assist, driver attention alert, lane keeping assist and rear cross-traffic alert. Smart
cruise control and emergency stop signal are also in the mix. Also across the new Hyundai i30 range is electronic stability control, which includes traction control, anti-lock braking with electronic brake-force distribution, brake assist and hill-start assist.
The rear-view camera has guidelines and is complemented by sensors. The i30 Premium adds four-sensor front park assist and seven airbags.
Settling into the sports seats of an SR automatic resulted in the satisfaction of the i30’s promotion to the premier league of sporty hatchbacks to the accompaniment of a distinctive “rorty” note in keeping with its premium performance credentials. The new i30’s on-road dynamics have benefited from exhaustive testing for local conditions and driver preferences by Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s highly credentialed chassis development team and it shows.
Add to this greater use of lightweight high-strength steel, which has increased body rigidity over the outgoing model while achieving a 28kg lighter weight, and use of aeronautical industry-style structural adhesives, the i30 stability in handling and ride comfort was hard to fault in day-to-day driving.
It’s hard to imagine being in a vehicle so well presented, equipped and so well priced as the Hyundai i30 SR Premium.