2016 Hyundai i30 SR Launch Review

We road test and review the updated Hyundai i30 SR and SR Premium

There is no denying the Hyundai i30s popularity. In fact it’s the best-selling car in Australia at the moment.

So Hyundai must be doing something right, yet they’ve sought to improve on the top of the range model offering more value for money.

I went along to the unveiling of the updated 2016 Hyundai i30 SR to cast my eye over the new inclusions and test it out on the road and track.

Hyundai have enhanced the existing i30 Series II SR and SR Premium variants, adding an assortment of (red) interior highlights.

The i30 SR now comes with a black and red leather appointed interior, red inserts on the sports bucket seats, red stitching across the seats, steering wheel and front door armrests and a red ring around the start button.

Up top sees black headlining, cloth covered A-pillars, while the rest of the cabin has dark grey metallic trims which is the same colour as the new 17” alloy wheels with five twin spokes.

In addition to these features, the SR Premium comes with HID Xenon headlamps, auto-dimming mirror, satellite navigation, TFT LCD driver info screen, electric driver’s seat, heated and vented front seats, electric park brake, and a large panoramic sunroof which is an optional extra in the SR.

Out on the track the first thing I noticed was how quiet it was. Hyundai certainly have done a good job on their NVH (noise suppression). Even driving on the open road, the cabin was a haven from the sound outside and sometimes you’re not sure if the car is on when sitting in idle.

Putting it through its paces, the i30 SR handles competently, nicely balanced and is easy to control with well-weighted steering.

Gear changes in the manual were straightforward with the shifter and clutch both smooth and effortless.

The manual does however, lack power out of the corners but this is no surprise given the 2.0L engine sans a turbocharger and not to mention we were driving it around a track in a manner most will never experience.

My ride in the auto version was much the same in terms of dynamics though this transmission seemed to deliver more purchase than the stick shift but tends to over rev if pushed hard.

Ride comfort is excellent and the suspension is accommodating providing a stable ride that adeptly  takes in all the bumps the surface has to deliver.

The same 2.0 litre petrol engine powers the Hyundai i30 SR range which is offered in six-speed manual or auto in both the SR and SR Premium.

Retail pricing starts at $26,550 for the SR manual and the auto goes for $28,850. The SR Premium jumps up to $31,250 for a manual and $33,550 for the auto.

So the upper spec 2016 Hyundai i30 SR looks even better than before while still offering the same quality drive and features that plenty of Australians have already cottoned on to.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2016 Hyundai i30 SR

Engine: 2.0L turbo petrol producing 124kW and 201Nm

Transmission: Six-speed manual or automatic

Warranty: 5 Year/Unlimited km

Safety: Five stars

Origin: South Korea

Price: From $26,550

About Simon Lai 665 Articles
Simon is a writer and sometime contributor to the podcast. He also takes care of video production and product reviews. He met Joel through radio school and has worked with him on other ventures, reading news, producing and presenting radio content for regional networks. Simon doesn’t profess to be a car nut but enjoys driving first and foremost and has a penchant for hot hatches. He helps to provide the everyday-man perspective.

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