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