The successor to Hyundai's breakthrough small car is here, with the Australian debut of the all-new 2012 i30 five-door hatch this week.
Arriving on the heels of its Frankfurt Motor Show unveiling in September, the launch of the new i30 marks the latest step in Hyundai's international styling overhaul.
Designed in Germany and showcasing the company's 'fluidic sculpture' design direction, the 2012 i30's styling draws on the look of the new Elantra small sedan, while sharing the sharpened image of the new Santa Fe SUV.
Kicking off at $20,990 and topping out at $32,590, the new i30 will be offered in Active, Elite and Premium grades, with petrol and diesel engines, and manual and automatic transmissions.
Available across all three grades, the 2012 i30 can be had with a 1.8 litre petrol or 1.6 litre diesel engine.
Replacing the outgoing model's 2.0 litre engine is the all-aluminium 1.8 litre 'Nu' petrol engine, producing 110kW at 6500rpm, and 178Nm of torque at 4700rpm.
Paired with the six-speed manual transmission, the petrol engine lists fuel consumption figures of 6.5 l/100km, compared to 7.2 l/100km for the previous engine. CO2 emissions are listed at 156g/km, an 8.2 percent improvement.
With the six-speed automatic, fuel consumption is listed at 6.9 l/100km, bettering the older model's 7.6 l/100km figures. CO2 emissions are listed at 156g/km, a 9.9 percent improvement.
In diesel form, the new i30 is powered by a 1.6 litre CRDi turbodiesel engine, producing 94kW at 4000rpm and 260Nm of torque between 1900-2750rpm.
Like the petrol engine, the diesel mill can be had with six-speed manual and automatic transmissions.
With the automatic, the diesel lists fuel consumption figures of 5.6 l/100km - compared to 5.8 l/100km for the previous model - while the manual transmission's figues are unchanged at 4.5 l/100km.
Suspension, Braking, Dimensions
Suspension for the new i30 is managed up front by subframe-mounted MacPherson struts, while the rear end gets a fully-independent multi-link arrangement. There are coil springs and gas-filled shocks at both ends.
The braking package includes 15-inch ventilated discs up front, up to 16-inch discs for up-spec models. All variants have 14-inch solid discs at the rear.
In size, the new i30 is a touch larger than its predecessor, measuring 5mm longer and 5mm wider. The 2650mm wheelbase remains unchanged, but interior space has shrunk.
Up front, there's 1067mm of leg space, and 880mm in the rear (up 11mm and down 61mm respectively).
Shoulder room has increased, measuring 1420mm in the front and 1395mm in the rear (up 15mm and 5mm).
Rear storage capacity has also grown, up from 340 litres with the rear seats up, to 378 litres. With the rear seats folded, space grows to 1316 litres, up from 1240.
Storage in the glove compartment has also grown from 5.8 to 8.0 litres.
Ride & Handling
Since the debut of the new Elantra, Hyundai's local arm has put all new models through an Australian suspension tuning programme.
Engineers from both Korea and Hyundai Australia have worked with local consulants and specialist-suspension outfit SACHS in adapting the suspension tuning and chassis balance for Australian roads.
Hyundai says that Australian testing for the new i30 has included thousands of kilometres over various road conditions.
Across the new i30 range, standard features include full iPod and USB connectivity, along with Bluetooth audio-streaming and hands-free phone connectivity.
A five-inch colour media touchscreen is standard on Active models, while the Elite and Premium models both feature a seven-inch touch-screen with satellite navigation and SUNA live traffic updates.
Premium models also feature a full-length panoramic sunroof, electronic park brake, heated front seats, HID xenon headlights and an electrocromatic rear view mirror.
Safety features standard across the range include seven airbags, rear parking distance sensors, and vehicle stability management with electronic stability control, traction control, ABS, electronic brakeforce distribution and brake assistance.
Elite and Premium models also offer a reversing camera integrated into the centre display.
- 2012 i30 Active - 1.8 petrol manual - $20,990
- 2012 i30 Active - 1.8 petrol automatic - $22,990
- 2012 i30 Elite - 1.8 petrol manual - $24,590
- 2012 i30 Elite - 1.8 petrol automatic - $26,590
- 2012 i30 Premium - 1.8 petrol automatic - $29,990
- 2012 i30 Active - 1.6 diesel manual - $23,590
- 2012 i30 Active - 1.6 diesel automatic - $25,590
- 2012 i30 Elite - 1.6 diesel manual - $27,190
- 2012 i30 Elite - 1.6 diesel automatic - $29,190
- 2012 i30 Premium 1.6 diesel automatic - $32,590
Note: all prices are Manufacturer’s List Price and do not include dealer delivery or on-road costs.
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