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Hyundai has at last launched a warmed-over version of its popular i30 hatch in Australia, with the new i30 SR joining that other SR-badged model, the turbocharged Veloster.

Visitors that saw the i30 SR concept at last year's Sydney Motor Show will see the carmaker has changed little about its original concept, gracing the hatch with subtle styling tweaks and performance enhancements.

The Australian debut this week of the i30 SR also marks the first time Hyundai has combined its direct-injected 2.0 'Nu' petrol engine with the i30 hatch, anywhere in the world.


Mechanical Package

Already available in the larger i40 range and Kia's new Cerato, the 2.0 GDI engine produces 129kW and 209Nm, marking a 19kW and 31kW boost over the 1.8 engine found in the regular i30 range.

Combined fuel economy for the i30 SR manual is 7.2L/100km, while the six-speed automatic’s combined figure is 7.5L/100km.

The bigger engine hits the 200Nm point ("or more", Hyundai says) at 4000rpm, helping the i30 SR to hit 100km/h in 7.7 seconds when matched with the six-speed manual.

By comparison, the 1.8 litre i30 Elite manual lists a 0-100km/h time of 9.2 seconds.

Opt for the six-speed auto and the SR's time grows to 8.6 seconds, but that's still a full second sharper than the auto i30 Elite.

In a bid to head-off the naysayers, Hyundai has also taken the step of confirming that the i30 SR's 0-100km/h sprints were carried out with 45 litres of fuel in the hatch's 50 litre tank.

Either way, the i30 SR won't be fronting up to the Golf GTI, Focus ST or Subaru WRX anytime soon - but with a $27,990 starting price, there's little confusion about the SR's place.

No, this one is more a rival for Nissan's $29,240 140kW/240Nm Pulsar SSS (or ST-S at $24,990) and Holden's $26,490 132kW/230Nm Cruze SRi-V hatch (or SRi at $22,490).

As with Hyundai's other models, the i30 SR benefits from an Australia-specific tune, tested in computer simulations and in real-world driving across varying surfaces at low and high speeds.

“We aimed for a setup that was communicative, responsive and well controlled,” Hyundai Australia's Product Planning Manager and lead development driver, Andrew Tuitahi, said.

“I’m confident we’ve achieved that. The i30 SR has increased dynamic ability without sacrificing everyday usability.”

The local setup includes bespoke front and rear dampers developed together with specialist Sachs. The SR also gets unique front springs, made four percent stiffer than what you'll find in the regular i30 range.



The SR is based on the mid-level $24,590 i30 Elite, meaning it shares much of that model's standard features.

Upgrades for the SR include 17-inch alloys wheels, a piano-black insert in the front grille, a rear diffuser, HID Xenon headlights, LED rear combination lights and unique SR badges. A panoramic glass is also available as an option.

In the cabin, the i30 SR adds alloy-faced pedals, leather/leatherette trim, a powered driver’s seat and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror.

Across the i30 range, standard features include full iPod and USB connectivity, along with Bluetooth audio-streaming and hands-free phone connectivity.

The Elite, SR and Premium models feature a seven-inch touch-screen with satellite navigation, SUNA live traffic updates and a reversing camera.

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.


Price (excludes on-road costs)

  • i30 SR manual - $27,990
  • i30 SR auto - $30,190

(Sunroof adds $2000)

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