1 Jun 2012
Hyundai’s top-selling car in Australia, the i30 hatch, was completely overhauled in June 2012 to bring it into line with its more stylish siblings.
The all-new i30 arrived with the now-familiar Hyundai corporate face, a product of the Korean car-maker’s ‘Fluidic Sculpture’ design language.
The new style worked well on the i30, with the small hatch coming into line with the closely-related Elantra sedan.
Three specifications were available for the i30 – entry-level Active, mid-spec Elite and range-topping Premium.
Power came from a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine or a 1.6-litre CRDi turbo-diesel that commanded a $2600 price premium over the petrol.
The petrol engine produced 110kW and fuel consumption was rated at 6.5 litres per 100km with the manual gearbox.
Customers who purchased the diesel were rewarded with a more powerful diesel than the previous model (up from 85kW to 94kW) and fuel consumption of 4.5L/100km in manual guise.
Hyundai increased some of the dimensions of the i30, giving occupants more headroom, legroom and shoulder room as well as increasing the cargo space by 38 litres to 378 litres.
ANCAP awarded the i30 a maximum five-star safety rating when it was tested in 2012.
The hatch was fitted with seven airbags as standard as well as brake assist and, of course, mandatory electronic stability control.
Standard equipment across the range included a five-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth connectivity and a USB port, rear parking sensors and steering wheel controls.
High-end models also received a bigger seven-inch touchscreen with sat-nav, push-button start, and a panoramic sunroof in the Premium.