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Hyundai i30 Three-door SE: $19,990 Drive-away In Australia Photo:
 
 
TMR Team | Jul, 01 2013 | 11 Comments

Hyundai has boosted the appeal of its small-car range this week, launching the sporting i30 Special Edition three-door hatch into the Australian market, priced from $19,990 drive-away.

Arriving as part of the Euro-sourced 'Special Edition' range - which includes the ix35 SE SUV - the i30 SE three-door joins the Korean-built five-door hatch and wagon.

The debut of the new bodystyle makes it the new price leader in the i30 range, with the five-door hatch starting from $20,990 plus on-roads.

The three-door was originally left off Hyundai's Australian launch plans, but new availability out of the carmaker's Czech assembly plant has opened the door for a local introduction.

But, while the five-door model can be hard with a 110kW 1.8 litre petrol engine, the three-door model is available only with Hyundai's smaller 98kW (at 6300rpm) and 163Nm (at 4850rpm) 1.6 litre petrol engine.

(Recent reports suggest however that a turbocharged version of the i30 three-door is in the works, using the same 150kW/265Nm engine found in the Veloster SR Turbo.)

Buyers have a choice of six-speed manual and automatic transmissions however, the latter priced at $22,190 drive-away.

Fuel consumption with the manual model is listed at 6.3 l/100km, while the auto lists 6.9 l/100km.

On the styline front, the i30 three-door wears the same face that features on its five-door sibling - unlike the model shown at its unveiling last year, which debuted a unique slotted grille design and subtly revised bumper.

Above: overseas model shown.
Above: overseas model shown.

In the cabin, there's a height adjustable driver’s seat, tilt and telescopic steering adjust, height adjustable front and rear head restraints, a chilled glove box, remote keyless entry and powered windows.

There's also a five-inch touch screen audio system with four speakers & two tweeters, with iPod/USB/Bluetooth/aux audio streaming (and hands-free Bluetooth calling) and steering-mounted controls.

Safety features include seven airbags, along with Vehicle Stability Management (VSM), Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Traction Control System (TCS), and ABS with EBD & Brake Assist System (BAS).

There's also rear parking distance sensors, along with Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), LED high-mount stop lamp (HMSL), and LED daytime running lamps integrated into front fog lamps.

 

Pricing

  • i30 three-door 1.6-litre GDi Manual - $19,990 Drive Away
  • i30 three-door 1.6-litre GDi Automatic - $22,190 Drive Away

 
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