2012 Hyundai i30 petrol Road Test and Review…
Hyundai has moved into a new era, now our expectations are up and that means the days of getting away with serving up anything sub-par are over.
Fortunately I couldn’t find any reason to not recommend the i30.
I have Hyundai i30 reviews back-to-back over the next fortnight and started off with the Elite, which is the mid-spec i30.
Available with a choice of either a 1.8 litre petrol or 1.6 litre turbo diesel engine the Hyundai i30 Elite range starts from $24,590, and there’s a choice of either a six speed manual or six speed auto transmission.
I had the least expensive option the petrol/manual.
Delivering 110kW and 178Nm the engine does a fine job of moving the i30 around; acceleration particularly at low speeds is more than credible.
The six speed manual probably need only have five ratios as acceleration in the top gear, particularly on any kind of incline, is pretty dull.
Fuel economy is a very good 6.5L/100 combined, a week of city driving in the Hyundai i30 returned 7.6L/100.
The three mode steering is a nice feature in the Hyundai i30 giving you the ability to change the steering feel from comfort (i.e. very light) to normal or sport mode (i.e. heavier and with more feedback from the road), my pick was normal mode.
On the road the i30 rides nicely, the turning circle is excellent and the brakes are reassuring.
The external styling of the Hyundai i30 will attract plenty of potential buyers; up close it’s even more attractive with nice touches such as the chrome badges, front driving lights, and indicators in the nicely sculptured wing mirrors.
The 16” alloys on the Elite help to finish the look.
The cabin however is probably the area that most i30 buyers will be impressed by; this is also where Hyundai gets a big pat on the back.
The interior is fun and attractive and has a quality feel that surpasses the i30 price tag.
It also boasts a long and generous features list such as push button ignition, dual-zone climate control, trip computer and auto wipers and headlights.
Highlights on the inside include really generous and smart storage areas and attractive chrome, alloy and high gloss black plastic surfaces.
From the driver’s seat the steering wheel feels nice in your hands, the control buttons on the wheel are easy to use, the driver’s digital info screen looks brilliant and the gauges are clear and easy to read.
Hyundai has also done a tremendous job with their large screen centre digital display unit which is really easy to use, the satellite-navigation system in particular is a highlight, although one complaint here – no matter what I tried I couldn’t get the Bluetooth system to sync with my phone!
When reverse is selected the rear camera display is large and clear.
The seats in the Hyundai i30 are a touch on the firm side, leg room front and back is pretty good and boot space is generous for a small car.
Fortunately with the i30 there’s no compromise on the safety front with the model boasting a 5-star ANCAP rating.
Summing it up the Hyundai i30 is another impressive offering from Hyundai and I’m looking forward to seeing what the diesel version offers.
Of the petrol version I would say it’s safe, efficient, attractive, and well equipped and comes with a very reasonable price tag.
How can you go wrong?
NUTS and BOLTS
Engine: 1.8 litre petrol delivering 110kW and 178Nm
Transmission: Six speed manual or six speed auto
Safety: Five stars
Warranty: Five years
Origin: South Korea
Price: From $24,590