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Australian-developed Hyundai i30 SR is a genuinely excellent warm-hatch option
28 Oct 2013
By BARRY PARK
AUSSIES are a resourceful lot.
We’ve brought the world Granny Smith apples, wireless internet, the stump-jump plough, bionic ears and more.
And now, in another world first, we’ve brought car buyers in Australia a small Hyundai i30 hatchback that shakes off the dowdy city-bred utility of the range for a bit more spice and the chance of experiencing what Hyundais have lacked for a long, long time – a smile on the face of driving enthusiasts.
It’s still a Hyundai underneath, so that means value-driven levels of standard equipment, but the South Korean car-maker’s Australian guns-for-hire engineering team, as well as a 2.0-litre atmo four-cylinder engine, has transformed the i30 into something a little bit special.
It sets a very good benchmark for the company, and for the moment, it is all ours.
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Model release date: 1 August 2013 to 1 March 2015
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