If the i30 from Hyundai was a prizefighter, it’d be one of the most decorated champions of all time. Pound for pound, it’s in a class of its own; with a winning record longer than the 90 Mile Straight.
Reinvented for 2017, the all-new i30 is back and better than ever.
So if you’re in NSW in the Central Coast region looking for a midsize car that delivers on all fronts, don’t think twice and drop us a visit at Booth’s to check the new Hyundai i30. The vehicle that’s been thrilling drivers for more than a decade.
The i30 Arrives
It didn’t take long for Australians to fall in love with the i30.
Released in 2007, it would go on to win ‘Best Midsize Car Under $28,000’ that year.
The first of many awards the i30 would go on to win over the next 10 years.
Coming in at just $21,490, the basic SX 1.6L CRDi i30 was the cheapest diesel car available in Australia at the time.
But its low price point wasn’t the only reason Hyundai’s latest creation was a huge draw for Aussie drivers.
The basic SX model came with safety features like dual front airbags, an anti-lock braking system, active front seat head restraints and front seatbelts with pretensioners and load limiters.
The i30 boasted plenty of other standard features that made it something more than your typical family car.
The base model SX featured a four-speaker sound system with an MP3/WMA-compatible CD player, auxiliary jack, USB input, iPod integration and steering wheel audio controls.
It rode on sporty 15-inch steel wheels. Was complete with air conditioning, heated mirrors, power windows and remote central locking.
There was a 12-volt power outlet, adjustable steering wheel and alarm system plus immobiliser for theft prevention.
It was roomy. With folding seats and a 60:40 seat split.
It even featured a unique suspension tune designed specifically for Australian driving conditions.
And with its smart, modern lines the car looked great too!
It was Hyundai’s breakthrough model, here in Australia.
The i30 Revinented
Since its release in 2007, this stylish and practical hatchback has grown up quite a bit. But its price point has remained surprisingly low.
In fact, the price of a brand new, Reinvented i30 in 2017 isn’t much different than what it was in 2007.
But there’s plenty that is different about the updated i30.
Today’s base model is known as the Active.
And it’s an improvement on 2007’s SX in every conceivable way.
On The Outside
For the Reinvented i30, Hyundai looked to European car makers for inspiration.
Striking character lines accent a fluidic design that gives way to redesigned headlights featuring low and high-beam functionality.
A unique “cascading” front grille adds a bit of subtle class; augmenting the new i30’s distinct rounded motif.
They added LED daytime running lamps. As well as rear fog lamps and automatic, dusk-sensing headlamps.
And the new i30 Active now rolls on stunning 16-inch alloy wheels; which come standard.
On The Inside
It’s how the Reinvented i30’s interior can best be summed up.
Redesigned front seats are soft, well-cushioned, slung low, offer great lateral support and plenty of options for making adjustments. Perfect for travel or longer trips.
The view from the driver’s seat is open. And large side mirrors provide exceptional visibility.
There’s a spacious feeling to i30’s cabin. Hyundai designed it to be 40mm longer, 15mm wider and 20mm taller than the previous generation.
Full of soft touch material and rugged plastics, the Reinvented i30 offers an interior that’s both handsome and well set out.
Hyundai’s new i30 proudly carries a 5-star ANCAP safety rating.
With a 53% ultra-high tensile steel chassis, it’s also the strongest i30 ever constructed.
It features seven airbags standard. As well as electronic stability control, rear parking sensors and a rear view camera.
Beyond the base model Active, there is a bevvy of additional safety features available on the i30.
Hyundai’s Forward Collision Warning (FCW) system uses radar sensors and a front mounted camera to detect pedestrians, obstacles or vehicles. A warning chime will sound, accompanied by a visual warning, in the event of an imminent collision.
Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) is a feature that will automatically trigger the i30’s brakes in the event that your FCW system detects a potential collision.
The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) provides drivers with automatic steering intervention designed to keep the i30 from leaving its lane. Like the FCW, audible and visual warnings alert you if the car begins to stray from the lane without indicators activated.
Hyundai’s most advanced touchscreen multimedia system is available on all variants of the Reinvented i30.
This new and improved system includes an 8” touchscreen fitted to a tablet-style display panel positioned above the dashboard; displaying information higher and nearer the driver’s line-of-sight.
Satellite navigation is standard to this new system. And it features live traffic updates plus an extended 10-year update plan.
The touchscreen gives you access to AM/FM radio as well as DAB+ radio stations.
It features iPod compatibility, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, AUX and USB inputs so you can easily enjoy music, make calls or get directions at any stage of your journey.
Bonnet & Boot
The base i30 Active model is equipped with a powerful 2.0-litre directly injected, naturally aspirated, four-cylinder petrol engine. An improvement on last generation’s 1.8-litre motor.
It enjoys a fuel economy rating of 7.4L/100km for the auto and 7.3/100km for the manual.
The new i30’s spacious 395-litre boot is a full 17 litres larger than the previous model.
Just like the original i30 back in 2007, rear seats in the Reinvented i30 feature 60:40 folding.
The height of the boot floor can be adjusted; lowered to maximise capacity, or raised for a flatter, extended loading area.
It’s practical. It’s fun to drive. It’s an affordable luxury and leading-edge technology.
It’s the five-door hatchback that ticks all the boxes and exceeds any expectations; the undisputed champion of small cars in Australia.