The much anticipated successor to the popular second-generation i30 has arrived on Australian shores and Hyundai isn’t about to let less-than-ideal pricing and specs slow down the momentum the ousted model left for it.
For 2017, the third-gen i30 received its worldwide debut at last year’s Paris Motor Show and, as we know, is an entirely different car than the one it replaces, with an entirely new exterior and interior and packed with new features.
The Korean automaker will be lobbing the car at an impressively lower base price of $20,950 (plus on-road costs) for the entry-level Active despite adding what Hyundai claims to be $2,000 worth of additional features as standard. This includes in-built satellite navigation, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display with support for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Compare to the outgoing i30 Active, this all-new model offers 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, hill-start assist, and even tyre pressure monitoring. Powering the new i30 Active is either the 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder that produces 120kW and 203Nm, or the 1.6-litre CRDi four-pot turbodiesel that generates 100kW and 300Nm (280Nm in the manual) but consumes as little as 4.5-litres/100km over the petrol’s 7.3-litres.
Moving up the chain, the mid and top-tier i30 is split into the more comfortable Elite and Premium or the sportier SR and SR Premium. Starting with the Elite, 17-inch wheels are standard, as are dual zone climate control, leather interior, push button start, and quite a comprehensive suite of safety features such as automatic emergency braking, blind spot detection, driver attention alert, rear cross traffic alert, and active cruise control.
Above that, the i30 Premium adds powered front seats that are heated and ventilated, full LED headlights, and a panoramic glass roof (optional on lower tiers). Both the Elite and Premium can be had only with the same 100kW/300Nm 1.6-litre CRDi paired to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic.
For the SR and SR Premium, they too receive only one engine option as before, but where the previous model was saddled with a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated motor, both are now powered by a the same 1.6-litre T-GDi turbocharged four-cylinder with 150kW and 265Nm as the Veloster Turbo.
Manual lovers who have the coin to spend on the range-topping SR Premium will be disappointed to learn that it’s only available as an automatic (7-speed DCT). The lower-grade SR, though, is offered with a trusty 6-speed with a clutch pedal.
In terms of standard equipment, the SR gets 18-inch alloys, LED tail lamps, alloy pedals, sports seats, leather upholstery, dual zone climate control, smart key and push button start, and all the safety kit that was previously outlined for the Elite and Premium variants. The SR Premium, naturally gets some extra kit, including a panoramic sunroof, full LED headlights, powered driver’s seat, heated and ventilated front seats, and a front park assist system.
Hyundai says that the all-new i30 SR and SR Premium gets $5,000 worth of added specifications, however are priced $100 and $400 cheaper than their older equivalents were previously.
- 2.0 GDi - Manual - $20,950
- 2.0 GDi - Automatic - $23,250
- 1.6 CRDi - Manual - $23,450
- 1.6 CRDi - Automatic - $25,950
- 1.6 CRDi - Automatic - $28,950
- 1.6 T-GDi - Manual - $25,950
- 1.6 T-GDi - Automatic - $28,950
- 1.6 CRDi - Automatic - $33,950
i30 SR Premium
- 1.6 T-GDi - Automatic - $33,950