Top-end i30 hits the spot

South Western Times - - Wheels - Vani Naidoo

THE new Hyundai i30 has al­ready been ruf­fling a few feath­ers. The South Korean giant has po­si­tioned the small hatch as a pre­mium of­fer­ing that is stylish, bet­ter equipped and the most tech­no­log­i­cally savvy i30 yet.

Hyundai i30 is al­ready a firm favourite in Aus­tralia with 30 per cent of all i30s man­u­fac­tured glob­ally be­ing sold here. It fights well along­side the Toy­ota Corolla, Mazda 3, Volk­swa­gen Golf and other, smaller, play­ers.

Po­ten­tial buy­ers will be spoilt for choice. The new i30 is of­fered in four vari­ants, with two trans­mis­sions and with petrol or diesel power.

A longer sleeker bon­net, a newlook grille and a de­fined shoul­der line makes clear Hyundai’s in­ten­tion to give the i30 a more pre­mium look.

The ma­tu­rity in de­sign is there to see in the in­te­rior as well. There are bet­ter qual­ity plas­tics and tex­tures. Ap­par­ently sim­ple things like the rep­e­ti­tion of shapes in the air vents, door han­dles, wheel con­trols and even the side mir­rors add a feel­ing of co­he­sion.

While we may not be talk­ing allin lux­ury here, such is the in­tent that I had to stop and check that it was in fact the en­try-level Ac­tive. As well as 16-inch al­loys, dig­i­tal ra­dio, and re­vers­ing cam­era, this i30 also has auto wipers and head­lights, tyre pres­sure mon­i­tor and LED day­time run­ning lights.

The in­stru­ments are sim­ple but ef­fec­tive, the in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem perched front and cen­tre is easy to use and stor­age op­tions about par for the course.

There are drink hold­ers front and rear, a cen­tre con­sole box with a lid and a big open space at the bot­tom of the con­sole that has a USB in­put and two 12V sock­ets. The door pock­ets are deep and seg­mented but in the front at least the pro­trud­ing speaker cov­ers pre­vents you from car­ry­ing taller wa­ter bot­tles at your side.

All in all it is a nice place to be ex­cept per­haps for the space hold­ing but­tons around the gear stick which of­fer a hint of what you may be miss­ing by not spring­ing for the higher-specced vari­ants.

No air vents back there in the en­try-level model though… oh, well.

At 395-litres, the boot is there­abouts with com­peti­tors, and grows to a very use­ful 1300 litres when the 60:40 split seats are low­ered.

An 8.0-inch colour touch­screen sur­rounded by one-touch menu but­tons and perched in the mid­dle of the con­sole can be found across the i30 range.

It is easy to nav­i­gate, has an ex­cel­lent re­sponse time and up-to­date graph­ics. You also get Blue­tooth ca­pa­bil­ity, sat nav, Ap­ple CarPlay and An­droid Auto con­nec­tiv­ity.

The 2.0-litre di­rect-in­jec­tion four-cylin­der petrol en­gine re­places the old 1.8-litre of­fer­ing and de­liv­ers 120kW of power and 203Nm of torque.

It is paired with ei­ther a sev­en­speed dual-clutch au­to­mated man­ual, as our test car was, or a six-speed man­ual.

You also have the choice of the 1.6-litre four-cylin­der turbo-diesel that shares the same trans­mis­sion choices as the auto but is good for 100kW and a lusty 300Nm.

Like the rest of the i30 the Ac­tive comes with five-star ANCAP thanks to a tight safety pack­age.

The new Hyundai i30 sports a new look and im­proved ca­pa­bil­ity.

The in­stru­ments are sim­ple but ef­fec­tive.

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