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Hyundai should have a hit on its hands with its feature-packed new i30

30 May 2012

HYUNDAI has gone on the attack with its second-generation i30 hatch, with which it hopes to further cement its place at the pointy end of the small-car sales charts.

With prices up across the board and a new and impressive range of rivals to contend with including the Mazda3, Ford Focus and Volkswagen Golf, Hyundai looks to have its work cut out.

However, with sleek family styling, a class-leading array of equipment, and economical petrol and diesel engines, the new model makes its own very persuasive case in Australia’s most popular vehicle segment.
Model release date: 1 June 2012 to 1 March 2015

Previous model

Released: October 2007
Ended: May 2012
Family Tree: i30

HYUNDAI took a great leap forward with the original i30 when it was launched in 2007. Featuring class-competitive levels of safety, style, quality and Australian-specific suspension tuning, it was an integral part of the Korean company’s shift away from the budget end of the market. , , As a result, the car has been one of Hyundai Australia’s biggest success stories, with 101,000 units sold in this market alone and a consistent place among the nation’s biggest sellers. , , Power came from 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre petrol engines matched to five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmissions, or a 1.6-litre turbo-diesel unit with a six-speed manual or four-speed auto. , , A popular i30cw wagon variant was added to the range in March 2009, offering substantially greater cargo space and practicality.

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