Whilst their Korean based brethren, Kia, get some eyeballs cast over the Stinger, Hyundai have quietly launched a revamped i30, with a striking Euro inspired exterior and reinvented interior. With a starting price of $20950, $500 LESS than the outgoing model, the Hyundai i30 range is both priced and packed with added value enough to really appeal to keen eyed buyers.The range will consist of five models; the entry level Active, SR, Elite, SR Premium and Premium. The Active will offer a choice of two engines, a 2.0L petrol with manual or auto transmissions and a punchy 1.6L diesel with the same engine combination.
The SR and SR Premium will be powered by a turbo petrol 1.6L with the Elite and Premium getting the 1.6L. Power and torque are thus: the 1.6L turbo petrol offers 150 kilowatts and 265 Nm of torque for both transmissions. The diesel gives 100 kW, 280 Nm for the manual and slightly more for the seven speed dual clutch auto, at 300 Nm. The standard 2.0L petrol presents 120 kW/203 Nm, with fuel economy almost lineball with the smaller petrol turbo at 7.3L/100 km & 7.4L/100 km (manual/auto), 7.5L/100 km for the 1.6L turbo and a country kilometre eating 4.5L & 4.7L per 100 km for the diesel manual and auto.Pricing starts as mentioned, with the Active manual at $20950 (auto is $23250). What you’ll get for your dosh above the outgoing model is: dusk sensing headlights, LED running lights, 16 inch alloys, satnav on a eight inch screen, and more. The diesel versions come in at $23450 and $25950 for manual and self shifter.
Moving up into the SR and SR Premium duo, you will pay $25950/$28950 (SR manual and auto) and $33950 for the SR Premium with auto only. The Elite and Premium round out the field with pricing of $28950 and $33950 for the diesel and auto combo. There’s $5000 of extra value in the SR and SR Premium, for just a small increase overall.The SR will add in above the outgoing model: a multi-link rear suspension, Hyundai’s SmartSense safety package which includes (and will be available for the Active by year’s end) Emergency Braking/Driver Attention Alert/Lane Keep Assist and Smart Cruise Control (auto only), Blind Spot Alert and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, wireless phone charging on the Qi standard, eight inch satnav screen, Hill Start Assist, Tyre Pressure Monitoring 18 inch alloys wrapping around larger brakes discs, and an Electronic Parking Brake for the DCT. SR Premium sees LED headlights and indicators as well, along with (at last!) heating AND venting for the front seats, as does the Premium. The Elite gets leather trim, whilst SR gets a Sports Leather trim setup with metallic red trim inserts, red stitching and piping, and black headlining.The eight inch touchscreen will be both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible, with a DAB+ tuner, whilst safety comes up trumps with seven airbags and a maximum ANCAP five star rating. Apart from the Active, Smart Key entry is standard. Plus Hyundai will offer this: “With Hyundai iCare, the joy of buying a Hyundai will stretch well beyond the showroom. This leading customer care program offers a comprehensive suite of owner benefits including; Lifetime Service Plan, 5 Year Unlimited Km Warranty, complimentary Roadside Assist for 12 months on new vehicles, 1,500km complimentary first service, a dedicated Customer Care Centre, and myHyundai – an exclusive owner website. When servicing with Hyundai, customers will also receive a 10 Year Sat Nav Update Plan, a Roadside Support Plan for up to 10 years and more.”For further details, and to book a test drive, contact Hyundai Australia.