Hyundai has given its i30 Tourer wagon an update for 2015, introducing the Series II to the Australian market with new features and mechanical improvements.
The biggest change is a new seven-speed dual-clutch (DCT) automatic transmission, which is now standard across the revised range, but it brings a $750 price-rise across the board compared to the equivalent outgoing models.
Hyundai was a carmaker which offered manual transmissions in almost every model in Australia in the not-too-distant past, but the arrival of the DCT now sees the Series II Tourer join a growing list of auto-only models from the Korean carmaker.
Power comes from a 1.6 litre four-cylinder petrol engine producing 98kW and 163Nm, or a 1.6 litre turbo-diesel making 100kW and 300Nm.
Fuel consumption is rated at 6.0 l/100km for the petrol models and 4.8 l/100km for the diesels.
This marks a 6kW/40Nm improvement for the diesel engine over the outgoing model, and the diesel’s new fuel figure is 1.0 l/100km better than before.
In a new two-tier model split, the Active variant from the previous model is now known simply as ‘Tourer’, and is available with either the petrol or diesel engine.
The range-topping Tourer Elite completes the line-up, and is only available with the diesel powerplant.
The Series II wagon joins the Series II hatch (pictured below), which arrived in Australia in April with a revised model spread, new styling, more features and adjusted pricing.
The wagon’s exterior now sports the larger hexagonal grille as seen on the hatch, along with new 16-inch alloy wheels and a standard rear-view camera.
Inside, the Series II gets a five-inch touchscreen with Pandora internet radio in the Tourer variant, while the seven-inch screen with satellite navigation in the Elite carries over from the previous model. Hyundai has also deleted the CD player from the Series II model.
Safety features include seven airbags, electronic stability control, emergency stop signal, LED daytime running lights and hill-start assist.
The 2015 Hyundai i30 Tourer Series II is available now, with prices starting from $27,990 plus on-road costs.
Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2015 HYUNDAI i30 TOURER SERIES II
- Tourer Petrol - $27,990 (up $750)
- Tourer Diesel - $30,590 (up $750)
- Tourer Elite (diesel only) - $34,190 (up $750)