The new 2017 Hyundai i30 five-door hatch has arrived in Australia, with mature new styling, an improved interior, high-level infotainment, and value-focussed specifications
Pricing for the third-generation i30 starts from a sharp $20,950 (plus on-road costs) for the entry level Active, an impressive $500 less than the list price of the model it replaces (excluding special pricing offers).
Despite the price reduction, the i30 Active adds a new 8.0-inch touchscreen with navigation, Apple Carplay and Android Auto, DAB+ digital radio, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and auto headlights.
The i30 Active is available with a choice of two engines, a direct injected 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit that produces 120kW and 203Nm (a rise of 13kW and 28Nm compared to the 1.8-litre engine it succeeds) that is mated to either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission.
Optionally, a 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine is also available, with 100kW and 280Nm when paired with a six-speed manual, or a torquier 300Nm when equipped with a seven-speed dual clutch automatic.
From there the range moves up to the single-variant i30 Elite, powered solely by the 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine paired with a seven-speed dual clutch auto. The Elite is priced from $28,950.
Upgrading to the Elite adds adds 17-inch alloy wheels, a 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster, electronic parking brake, keyless entry with push button start, wireless charging pad and a range of safety tech that includes autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, lane keep assist, rear cross traffic alert and driver fatigue warning.
The top-spec i30 Premium is also only available with the 1.6-litre turbodiesel engine and seven-speed dual-clutch auto combo, and adds front park assist, glass sunroof, additional chrome mouldings, ventilated and heated front seats and power driver's seat over the Elite.
Pricing for the Premium now starts from $33,950, or $1250 under the previous model.
On the sporty side Hyundai has a pair of sportier SR ‘warm hatch’ variants, both powered by 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that produces 150kW and 265Nm a hike of 26kW and 64Nm compared with the outgoing naturally aspirated 2.0-litre SR.
SR buyers are also offered a choice of six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual clutch auto, with handling upgraded via a multi-link independent rear suspension system in place of the torsion beam rear on the rest of the range.
The i30 SR manual is priced from $25,950 or $600 less than previous generation, with the automatic starting from $28,950
The i30 SR matches the specification of the Elite but adds 18-inch alloy wheels, however manual variants are also stripped of key safety tech including autonomous emergency braking, driver fatigue alert, lane keep assist and smart cruise control.
Buyers interested in something sporty, but not keen on missing out on the bells and whistles can check out the auto-only i30 SR Premium, which shares its mechanical package with the SR and its equipment list with the i30 Premium
Pricing for the SR Premium starts from $33,950, a step-up of $400 compared with the outgoing i30 SR Premium, but Hyundai claims an extra $5000 of value has been packed into both SR models compared with their predecessors.
Elite and Premium models can be optioned with a beige interior for an extra $295, a panoramic sunroof is available of Elite and SR for $2000, while metallic paint on all models adds $495.
The new Hyundai i30 goes on sale nationally at the end of April.
i30 Active petrol manual - $20,950
i30 Active petrol automatic - $23,250
i30 Active diesel manual - $23,450
i30 Active diesel automatic - $25,950
i30 Elite diesel automatic - $28,950
i30 Premium diesel automatic - $33,950
i30 SR turbo petrol manual - $25,950
i30 SR turbo petrol automatic - $28,950
i30 SR Premium turbo petrol automatic - $33,950
Note: Manufacturer's list price excluding on-road costs
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