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Review - Hyundai I30 SR

i30sr9The small car class in Australia is hotly contested and one of the most popular in the class is the Hyundai i30, having driven quite a few of it’s competitors including the Holden Cruze SRiV the week before I was very interested to see how the i30 shaped up.

We know what a hot hatch is and there are some wickedly quick hot hatches on the market but the down side to a hot hatch is they can cost upwards of $40,000 or more which in my mind is a lot of money for a small car. But lately several manufacturers have brought what could be best described as warm hatches, now as the term suggests warm hatch aren’t quite as quick as a hot hatch.

The up side to this is that while they might not quite have the outright speed of a hot hatch, they do offer however offer reasonable performance and a very entertaining drive and the case of the i30 SR at a saving of more then $10,000 than a hot hatch and to me that’s a decent amount of money.

I really do like the look of the i30 SR with a blacked out grille and fog light surrounds give the front end subtle yet somewhat sporty look.
I love the lines down the sides of car that starts and follows the wheel arch then curves up slightly as it gets to the back before bending downwards past the tail lights.

i30sr3From the back apart from the small spoiler, SR badge and the bottom of the bar you would have trouble telling difference between the SR and the other model i30′s which is alright as it adds to the understated sporty looks. The SR rides on attractive 17inch alloys wrapped in Hankook Ventus Prime tyres.

The silver paint work called Hyper Silver looks rather nice, but would not be my first voice in colours if I bought one.

Slipping behind the wheel and I was surprised at how well set out the SR’s interior is, the leather seats are electrically adjusted with lumber support and this makes them easy to adjust I found them not specially comfortable and a little snug, surprisingly there is a heating function but it comes as an option and is not standard fit like quite a few others including the Cruze I’d driven the week before.

The i30′s multi function leather wrapped steering wheel is some what comfortable to hold but I found it a touch to thin, a touch hard which made it a fraction slippery when using one hand on the wheel like I have to do when coming in through the boom gates at work which meant I had to put a little bit of pressure on it while wheeling around slow corners, although it’s not noticeable with 2 hands on the wheel.

i30sr4The instrument panel is extremely easy to read in any and back light with blue light at and looks rather attractive the LCD in between the gauges can display various functions such as fuel economy, distance to empty and various others via the steer wheel mounted button. One feature I found really good was the eco function which let you know when to change gears for maximum economy.

Soft touch plastics across the dash area nice touch and something I had not expected, the centre stack is home to the multimedia system which is very functional but not as good as say the Holden Mylink system, although in saying that while the sound is not the greatest it’s not bad at all.

It does however have full Bluetooth connectivity which was easy to use, live streaming of music, voice recognition, USB connection in the front of the console and satnav which worked great.

The centre console has a nifty deep storage bin at the front with a 12volt charging point and USB connection the only puzzling thing was the sides are open so it was easy for things to through the spaces onto the floor.

While on paper the Holden Cruze i’d driven the week before has slightly more front legroom it felt like the i30 had more legroom a thing even my wife commented on, I think partly it has to do with the shape of the lower dash which slopes towards the front of the car.

The rear seats offer great leg, head and shoulder room which means Hyundai have done an awesome using the interior space of the i30, I didn’t expect the interior space to be as generous as it was. The boot space is good at 378 litres and the back seats do fold down in case you need to fit bigger items in.


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