If you’re like many Australians who are looking to buy a new car this year, you are probably considering picking up a Hyundai i30. The i30 is one of the top-selling cars across the continent and has been deemed the winner of Australia’s Best Cars award six times.
It is beloved for being an honest, dependable car that get you from Point A to Point B in style. That’s not probably not enough to get you to buy a car, however. You want to be an informed consumer, and you want to find out everything you can about the 2018 Hyundai i30 before you decide to go out and get one of your own.
So, what are the 5 things you need to know before you buy a Hyundai i30? Continue reading to find out.
1. There are five different variants to choose from
Perhaps the first thing you should know is that buying an i30isn’t as simple as just buying an i30. That’s because there are five different types of i30s to choose from. They go from Active, to Elite, to Premium, to SR, and finally SR Premium. Of course, the increasing variants come with an increased hit on your wallet, but they also come with some pretty nifty upgrades.
Among the things that you will be choosing from include wheel size, transmission type, engine size, and more.
Regardless of what variant you end up choosing, all three of the engines – from 2.0-litre four-cylinder, to 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbo diesel, to 1.6-litre Turbo-GDi – are excellent pieces of machinery. They’ll allow you overtake drivers your trying to pass and make even the steepest hills seem quite flat. The bevvy of engine choices offers a bit of insight into why this is such a beloved automobile. While most of the i30s competitors offers just one engine type, the i30 offers three.
2. Its specially tuned to tackle Australia’s diverse road types
Australians love the i30 and it loves Australia right back. Proof of that comes in the fact that the Australian i30’s suspension is specially tuned to suit the mixed variety of roads that Aussie drivers come in contact with on a regular basis.
Five months of testing allowed the local chassis development team to work through 208 different damper settings for the front and rear suspension, seven different anti-roll combinations, and 13 spring set combinations.
More than just special tuning, the i30 also led to changes in its steering capabilities that has led to a sportier and more active drive.
3. The infotainment system is top-class
The South Korean manufacturer is known for staying up-to-date when it comes to interior technology and this year’s i30 is no different. The entire fleet is compatible with both Apple CarPlay and Androir Auto. It also offers a native sat-nav across the entire range of cars.
There is also a voice activation system the you can turn on thanks to a button on the streering that gives you access to Siri or Android Auto voice control. It allows you to make calls, send a receive messages, and get directions, all while you drive.
Even more, depending on the variant of i30 you choose, you will even have access to wireless phone charging for compatible smartphones or smartphone cases. How’s that for technologically advanced?
4. The interior is also quite impressive
The fit and finish of the car is strong throughout the range, and the entire interior has a classy, modern, and minimalist approach. The dials are all clustered simply around the sat-nav screen and are easy to access.
The rear-door openings offer a large opening radius making it easy for kids and adults alike to slide into the i30 without running the risk knocking your head on the frame.
Perhaps the reason why the i30 seems so above its competitors is because Hyundai hired an ex-Bugatti material expert to decide and design the materials and feel of the interior of the car.
The final perk that the interior of the i30 offers is substantial and consistent boot space. Regardless of which variant you choose, the boot offers an impressive 395 litres of space. If you’re in need of even more room, simply fold down the back seats to gain an impressive 1301 litre boot.
5. The safety features are no joke
All i30 variants except for the entry-level i30 Active sports the SmartSense safety package. This package includes autonomous emergency braking, blind spot detection, driver attention aert, lance change assists, rear cross traffic alert, and smart cruise control. These features have netted the i30 a five-star safety rating from the ANCAP.
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If you’re worried that the i30 Active may be lacking in safety, have no fear, the comprehensive active safety package will be available to the entry level variant later this year.
Beyond SmartSense, the i30 features reversing camera with dynamic guidelines, rear parking sensors across the range (and front sensors for Premium), as well as tyre-pressure monitoring. There are also airbags in both the front and back cabins.
Now that you have a good idea of all the Hyundai i30 offers, you may better understand why this car is so beloved by Australians. Perhaps you will be the next Aussie to be a proud owner of the Hyundai i30.