2017 Hyundai i30 In Three Flavours
Price From $20,950 – $33,950
Which is the best new i30… the 1.6 turbo petrol, the 1.6 turbo diesel or the 2.0-litre non turbo petrol?
It’s a new car and has been getting rave reviews by various motoring `egg spurts’’ so what is all the hoo-haa about?
During the past three weeks I have been able to drive the three engine variants of i30 in different spec’ and really, truly, can’t decide which I would buy if it was my dosh on the line. All make a strong argument for various reasons.
The diesel for example sips fuel at a scant 4.5-litres/100km coupled with the highest torque (pulling power) output for any of the new i30s at 300Nm. It lopes along on the freeway with consummate ease having plenty in reserve if you need to get going.
Pretty quiet too for a diesel and in the top of the range Premium CRDi model driven, extremely easy to live with as well as being safe with driver assist technology.
The 1.6 turbo petrol in the SR Premium driven has plenty of acceleration and a distinct sporty edge to its drive feel and overall behaviour. The engine is lifted from Elantra SR and Veloster and kicks out 150kW/265Nm making the car almost a hot hatch. The SR also gets a superior multi-link rear suspension into the bargain but as a result is the only new i30 not to get a full size spare because it won’t fit .
Then there’s the 2.0-litre in the base model Active manual I drove which is a strong performer too offering plenty of get go and fairly frugal fuel consumption (7.3 litres/100km) priced from just $20,950.
The main thing that struck me during the` i30 fest’ was how good they are with a dual clutch auto transmission called a DCT in Hyundai-speak.
It’s a slick shifter with paddle shift on the SR adding an extra element of entertainment. Never was a DCT equipped car caught out in the wrong gear.. It’s almost predictive and there are three drive modes available Eco, Normal and Sport.
Lower spec cars can be optioned with a safety pack that should be seriously considered..
The i30 benefits from local engineering input and it shows in how capable every model is on out less than perfect roads. They have a good ride compromise sharp steering and strong brakes.
Look good too in a derivative family Hyundai way.
After three weeks it was plain to see why the new i30 is being called a class benchmark …. It’s that good – and affordable as well as having an impressive warranty and capped price servicing.
Wins all around.
I’d probably go for the SR Premium because of hoonish tendencies.
➔ Impressive range
➔ Handsome looks inside and out
➔ Excellent ride and dynamics
➔ Dual Clutch transmission the pick
➔ Fuel efficient
➔ Impressive performance
➔ Plenty of features
➔ Safe 5-years
➔ Long warranty
➔ Affordable capped price servicing
➔ Hyundai’s reliability reputation
NOT SO MUCH
➔ Advanced driver assist technology optional on most of range
➔ Turbo petrol can be thirsty
➔ Space saver in SR model
➔ Styling a little too derivative
ENGINE: 1.6-litre turbo petrol and turbo diesel, 2.0-litre petrol. 150kW/265Nm, 100kW/300Nm, 120kW/203Nm respectively
TRANSMISSION: 6mt, 6 at, 7 DCT
THIRST: 7.3 litres/100km for 2.0. 4.5 for 1.6 diesel, 7.5 for 1.6 petrol
WEIGHT: 1251kG – 1344kg
0-100KMH: Best of 6.2 secs for 1.6 turbo petrol
ALTERNATIVES: Holden Astra hatch from $20,490, Ford Focus from $23,390, Honda Civic hatch from $22,390, Kia Cerato hatch from $19,990., Mazda 3 hatch from $20,490, Subaru Impreza hatch from $22,600, Toyota Corolla hatch from $20,190, VW Golf from $23,990.
Our Rating: 90/100