Drive – Hyundai i30 Elite Review

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Functional and quality-feeling

Engine relatively frugal



Engine low-rev torque


Lacks engagement of some

There’s no shortage of variety in a showroom these days. The popular brand has been on a spurt in recent years, new nameplates in what is at times a array.

But the i30 small car has established as a worthy value proposition in the segment since arriving on the in 2007. The i30 hatch is big business for – it’s the brand’s popular model. Add in the Elantra, is really an i30 sedan, and the pair be the top sellers in Australia.

The i30 take two is a serious proposition, though, more elegant styling and a model range that a new petrol engine.

Price and equipment

Hyundai was happy to tempt would-be i30 with some sharp but the latest model focuses on features than the bottom It’s also more than the equivalent Elantra albeit with additional such as rear parking and a driver’s knee airbag.

The i30 line-up kicks off with the priced from $20,990 on-road costs, which the five-year warranty that another two years’ peace of over most warranties. It with Bluetooth connectivity audio streaming, cruise touchscreen, buttons on the steering and the safety of stability control and airbags (dual front, side-curtain and driver’s knee).

The standard transmission is a six-speed with a six-speed auto $2000.


The Elite here brings more for its price tag: satellite on a larger screen, reversing alloy wheels, rear armrest, one-touch electric automatic headlights, rain-sensing and more upmarket-looking trim, metal-look finishes. There’s a full-size spare instead of the saver in the Active and some touches such as puddle in the folding exterior mirrors. A key allows you to keep the key in your and press a button on one of the front handles to unlock the car.


There’s also a model (from $29,990 an automatic transmission) with such as a button-operated park sunroof, larger (17-inch) wheels, heated seats, trim as well as an auto-dimming mirror.

Under the bonnet

a new-generation engine in the i30, capacity dropping from 2.0 to 1.8. In the process, power has up close to 5 per cent to a class-average


It’s sparky enough off the and revs cleanly, representing a improvement. Whereas the old 2.0-litre was buzzy at higher revs, the new one towards its electronic cutout more sophistication, albeit in a way.


Crucially, torque – the thing gives effortless low-rev – has gone in the wrong The 178Nm peak is 8Nm down on the engine and produced at a high-ish


Despite some savings to the 1.3-tonne body, the i30 undernourished at low and middle engine Throw a hill into the and you’ll be dropping down a or two.


The six-speed doesn’t have the precise of some, but it’s user-friendly The auto that most choose does a decent job of the right ratio in a no-fuss It seems much of the effort this new engine has gone fuel use, though, the claimed consumption down to 6.5 per 100 kilometres as a manual or 6.9L/100km as an

In the manual we managed 8.5L/100km in a mix of predominantly suburban.

How it drives

it’s exceptional on the value the i30 is only middle of the road for how it While it’s comfortable, and well behaved in town, it have the agility and fun factor in the class can offer (the Focus, Mazda3 and Volkswagen spring to mind).


All come with an adjustable Steer system that the weighting of the steering between settings, Comfort (light), and Sport (more weight). though, there’s not a meaningful between the three and steering is disappointingly lacking across the Push a bit harder and the i30’s limits also become marked; grip from the tyres could only be as OK, while the body doesn’t mid-corner imperfections.


Refinement is where the i30 has huge leaps, though, a noticeably quieter cabin for more relaxed cruising.

and practicality

There’s a familiar feel to the i30’s interior, cemented by the blue illumination of the controls and displays. The dash is well laid out, the colour touchscreen positioned on the top and ventilation controls beneath.

It’s a bit of a reach to the volume but the buttons on the steering wheel the task easier. Not all is ideal the touchscreen, though: on some the digital clock is, oddly, not meaning you have to push a to display the time.


The also dims independently of the of the displays and on its lowest setting is too bright for dark streets or roads. Another gripe is the plastics around the cheap-feeling It makes up points elsewhere,

The three rear-seatbelt displays it easy to keep an eye on those in the while the trip computer the two prominent circular speedo and housings is classy.


up front is generous thanks to a centre console and uncovered forward of the gear selector. door also has a sizeable pocket.


At 378 litres, the is OK without being substantial, a simple split-fold system room for bulky items.

Similarly, rear-seat space is without being considered

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