Now I’m in Korea near Gapyeong where during the Korea war a small number of Aussies and Kiwis fought off a much larger determined foe. There’s another Korean about to go into battle in the small car segment, the brand-new all-new Hyundai i30. The small car segment is our markets most hotly contested. Against the might of Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla, the i30 was Australia’s top selling car during some months in 2016 When the new model arrives around April 2017, Hyundai Australia is keen to see it at the top of the pops again.
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2017 Hyundai i30 Review
The New 2017 Hyundai i30 is styled in Europe, and it shows. This is a mature, handsome hatch that introduces the next step in Hyundai’s design language inside and out. It’s lower and wider than the car it replaces and a touch longer. In fact, all of the critical dimensions are very close to Volkswagens golf, and there’s a reason for that VW’s iconic small car is the benchmark for the class, and therefore, the benchmark for the new i30 Two petrol and one turbodiesel variant of the new car will come down under.
The exact model walk and equipment levels are still to be finalized. The likely range topper will be an SR badged i30 which will feature the latest version of Hyundais 1.6 L turbocharged petrol engine coupled to an excellent seven-speed dual clutch auto. This variant will also feature the high spec independent rear suspension. For cost reasons the base grade at 2L and the revised 1.6 L turbo diesel versions get a torsion beam rear suspension. Unlike previous generations of i30, all Australian bound hatches will be built in Korea.
There is a significant improvement in the refinement in this latest i30 and when local suspension and steering tuning efforts are factored in the result should be close to class leading. This car is quieter and well just a little bit more grown-up than the car replaces. But at the same time, it manages to retain the sort of involvement that keen drivers like. The cabin is a significant step forward regarding fit and finishes.
There’s a more horizontal orientation to the dash and instrument layout. And the infotainment system and satnav have moved to a tablet style arrangement that we know some consumers just don’t like. It’s comfortable, and roomy Hyundai claims better headroom and rear legroom than Golf and more luggage space. Overall there’s a feeling of quality. There’s the odd surface or color mismatch that separated this from the very best but those glitches will likely be sorted before production cars arrive Down Under The new i30 won’t convert everyone, but it will convince plenty who take the time to look closely and get behind the wheel.
Hyundai marketers describe the i30 as the brands DNA car If they are talking about a measure of the evolution and maturity of the brand. Then they’re spot on Its right about now Aussies need to start looking at this hatch as far more than just a $19,990 driveway one trick pony.
2017 Hyundai i30 Specs
Specification of 2017 All-new Hyundai i30:
Overall height: 1455mm
Overall length: 4340mm
Overall width: 1795mm
Ground clearance unladen: 140mm
Kerb weight: 1339kg
Turning circle: 10.6m
Rear track: 1562mm
Front track: 1553mm
Gross trailer weight braked: 1300kg
Engine Capacity: 1582cc
Number of cylinders: DT4
Fuel type: Diesel
Fuel tank capacity: 50L
Fuel consumption: 4.7L/100km (combined)
Maximum torque: 300Nm
Maximum power: 100kW
Front brakes: Disc – ventilated
Rear brakes: Disc
Front suspension: MacPherson strut
Rear suspension: Torsion beam axle
Tyres and rims
Front tyre size: 225×45 R17
Front rim size: 17×7 inches
Rear tyre size: 225×45 R17
Rear rim size: 17×7 inches