As far as small cars go the i30 is one that certainly packs a punch. Up against the Toyota Corolla and the Mazda 3, Hyundai had their work cut out to make any headway in the small car sector. But they hit the sweet spot when the first i30 rolled out back in 2007. Since then it’s been one of the most popular small cars on the market and this year’s model is no exception. So we decided to take a look at what Hyundai buyers can expect from this latest iteration of the i30.
The i30 hatch comes in five model variants
All offer the same cabin and luggage space so any decision on which you prefer will be based on interior extras, exterior styling, and, of course, engine options.
As you may have guessed, the SR and SR Premium are the sportier models with 150kW turbo engines. Speaking of which…
There are three engines options for buyers of the new i30.
The 2.0 GDi is a 120kW petrol engine that delivers 203Nm of torque with combined driving fuel efficiency of 7.3L/100km.
Then there’s the 1.6 CRDi which is a 100kW diesel engine that delivers 280Nm of torque with an incredible combined driving fuel efficiency of 4.5L/100km.
And last but by no means least we have the 1.6 T-GDi which is the turbocharged 150kW petrol engine we mentioned earlier. This delivers 265Nm of torque and offers combined driving fuel efficiency of 7.5L/100km.
All engines are available with a 6-speed manual transmission while the 2.0 GDi is also available with a 6-speed automatic with sequential manual mode.
Drivers that choose either 1.6 engine can opt for a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) that also comes with sequential manual mode.
Both the automatic and the DCT transmissions add about $2,300 to $2,500 to the price of your chosen model.
Like we mentioned earlier, the cabins and luggage size are the same across the range, so the only differences in the interior are down to styling.
Interestingly every model except the entry-level Active comes with leather-appointed seats. These are seats that are a combination of genuine and faux leather. Still pretty comfy nonetheless.
There’s also what Hyundai call a deluxe centre console in every model but the Active while cloth trim options vary depending on your own personal choice.
Cruise control with steering wheel controls is standard across the range as are rain-sensing wipers and power windows.
Smart Key with push-button start is available in every model except for, yes you guessed it, the entry-level Active.
But where the i30 trumps others in its class is with its multimedia and SatNav. Bluetooth connectivity, SatNav, SUNA live updates, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto all come as standard across the range making the Active one of the best entry-level options on the market.
The 2017 i30 has an ANCAP 5-star safety rating putting it on a par with both the Mazda 3 and the Corolla.
Safety features include
These additional safety features are available on all models except the Active
So yes, you could say that it’s a pretty safe car.
Hyundai has a huge range of accessories for the i30 giving you the chance to either put a bit of your own personality into the car or simply make your life more convenient.
Popular accessories include
And there’s plenty more. Check out the Hyundai website to see for yourself.
Now if Hyundai trumps its competitors with standard SatNav, it blows them completely out of the water with warranty coverage. With every i30 you get a 5-year unlimited kilometres warranty. Now that’s impressive and reason enough to opt for an i30 but when you factor in 1 year of roadside assistance and a lifetime servicing plan that you can transfer to new owners, it starts sounding like the deal of the century.
Price-wise there’s not much difference between the i30 and either the Mazda 3 or the Toyota Corolla.
Prices start at $20,950 for the entry-level Active and rise to $33,950 for the SR Premium. Now while the pricing is similar to its competitors, you have to remember that you have SatNav as standard on the i30 and the warranty is considerably better.
If you’re in the market for a small car like the i30 or any car for that matter, then don’t even think about heading down to your local dealer. Give us a call here at Carconnect, and we’ll find you the dealer that’s offering the best deal on the model you’re looking for. We can even help you trade in your old car and take it away when we drop off your new i30. So drop us a line or give us a call on 1300880008 and we’ll have you on the road in no time.