HYUNDAI i30

i30 is one of Australia's best cars

i30 is one of Australia's best cars

Need to know

The Hyundai i30 is the third most popular car in Australia by sales (behind the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda3). When you add the three together, they account for one in 10 of every new car sold.

Hyundai i30 is available as a hatch or a wagon, and effectively also as a sedan. However, Hyundai calls the sedan the Elantra. It's unclear why this occurs because the Kia Cerato - which shares the i30's DNA if not its styling comes as a sedan and a hatch (and a coupe, but not as a wagon - go figure).

There are two basic flavours of Hyundai i30 - the conventional variants and the sporty 'SR' variants.

There are two equipment grades of wagon: Active and Elite. In conventional hatches there's Active, Active X and Premium. In the SR Lineup there's SR and SR premium. (The apparent mis-match between the grades of wagon and hatch is because the wagons come from the factory in the Czech Republic, whereas the rest are made in South Korea.)

Active is a little basic for all but the stingiest of buyers, but Active X (or Elite, in the wagon) is a fairly well equipped standard sort of car. Premium is unbelievably equipped - all the bells and whistles there - and the SR lineup is authentically sporty, thanks in part to extensive local suspension tuning here in Australia.

It's easy to like the i30 - but you should drive the SR versions against the Mazda SP25 or SP25 GT before deciding which way to jump.

LOVE

  • Great warranty and servicing compared with the Corolla and Mazda3
  • Sharp styling show the South Koreans can do it if they try
  • Excellent equipment levels, dollar for dollar, against the competition
  • 1.6 petrol, 2.0 petrol and 1.6 diesel are all admirable performers with the latest technology
  • Dual clutch transmission in the diesel is a winner - unlike dual-clutch transmissions from Ford and Volkswagen have proven
  • Full-sized spare wheel (alloy on upmarket models) makes great sense for Australia and beats Mazda's space-saver hands down

HATE

  • 1.8-like petrol engine is showing its age
  • SR Premium is more expensive than Mazda3 SP25 GT - which is going to be a bitter pill (impossible to swallow) for some buyers
  • Premium model not available with a petrol engine
  • Steering feel and feedback not as good as it could/should be

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SPECIFICATIONS

1.6 PETROL (wagon only)
Power: 98 kW @ 6300 rpm
Torque 163 Nm @ 4850 rpm
Economy: 6.0 L/100km


1.8 PETROL (hatch only)
Power: 107 kW @ 6500 rpm
Torque 175 Nm @ 4700 rpm
Economy: 7.0 L/100km

2.0 PETROL (SR hatch only)
Power: 124 kW @ 6500 rpm
Torque 201 Nm @ 4700 rpm
Economy: 7.3 L/100km

1.6 DIESEL (not in SR)
Power: 100 kW @ 4000 rpm
Torque 300 Nm @ 1750-2500 rpm
Economy: 4.9 L/100km

Transmission: 6 sp auto or 6 sp manual
(diesel: 6 sp manual or 7 sp dual-clutch transmission)
Preferred models: Active X and above (SR if performance oriented)
Manufactured: South Korea (hatch) & Czech Republic (wagon) 
Length: 4300 mm (4485 mm - wagon)
Width: 1780 mm
Height: 1470 mm (1500 mm - wagon)
Kerb weight: 1350-1496 kg (model dependent)
Maximum tow capacity: 1300 kg
Seating Capacity: Five
Safety: Five-star ANCAP
Warranty: 5 years / unlimited kilometres
Service interval: 12 months or 15,000 km (whichever comes first)
Spare wheel: Full-sized

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