Hyundai is running hard in Australia following the introduction of the i30 N hot-hatch, but the standard models are also receiving the treatment with an expanded model line-up and upgraded features.

Engine options for Elite and Premium models now include the 120 kW 2.0-litre petrol engine, which is paired exclusively with a six-speed automatic.

A seven-speaker Infinity Premium Audio System is installed in the i30 SR Premium Premium. New to the i30 range it utilises an external amplifier aimed to deliver a fuller frequency response, accurate bass reproduction, and distortion-free sound at higher listening volumes.


A leather steering wheel and gear knob, once seen only on the higher grade models, is now standard on the i30 Active.

In a major push on the safety front Hyundai’s SmartSense pack can now be optioned for an impressively low $1750 on the i30 Go and i30 Active models, though only if the car has automatic transmission (including the dual-clutch auto).

Major features are Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) and Forward Collision Warning (FCW); Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Lane Change Assist (LCA); Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and Driver Attention Alert (DAA).


On the style and convenience front the SmartSense pack provides a chromed front grille. Electronic Parking Brake (EPB). Rear cooling/heating vents. Power folding door mirrors with LED side repeaters.

2.0 GDi Go: $19,990 (manual), $22,290 (automatic)
2.0 GDi Active: $21,090 (manual), $23,390 (automatic)
2.0 GDi Elite: $27,790 (automatic)
2.0 GDi Premium: $32,790 (automatic)
1.6 CRDi Go: $22,490 (manual), $24,990 (DCT)
1.6 CRDi Active: $23,590 (manual), $26,090 (DCT)
1.6 CRDi: Elite: $30,490 (automatic)
1.6 CRDi Premium: $35,490 (automatic)
1.6 T-GDi SR: $25,990 (manual), $28,990 (DCT)
1.6 T-GDi SR Premium: $34,490 (DCT)
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Hyundai dealer for drive-away prices.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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