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“Quality is now what buyers demand and expect, and it is inherent in the new i30.”

The third-generation Hyundai i30 five-door hatch has just arrived in a nine-model range. The entry Active i30 which represented 90 percent of the sales in the outgoing model has been reduced by $500 to $20,950 while it’s gained $2,000 in extra features. Hyundai hope the new model with extra features across the range will see more of an uptake of the higher grade models and less emphasis on the entry Active model which has traditionally been offered at $19,990 drive-away with free automatic. This drive-away incentive on the entry Active model will no longer be offered – to counter this the model gains Satellite Navigation, a digital radio, a rear view camera with rear parking sensors, 16-inch alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights and seven airbags. The Active also now gains a 2.0-litre engine with around 10 percent more power and torque The body features Hyundai’s fluidic sculpture styling but is a smoother design to the outgoing model. According to Hyundai Australia’s Chief Executive J W Lee, “Quality is now what buyers demand and expect, and it is inherent in the new i30.” Certainly, the quality and fit and finish on this new small Hyundai is as good as anything that comes out of Japan.

With a five-star crash rating and five-year unlimited kilometre warranty it wants for little. I’m yet to drive it but will report on it in coming weeks. The new Hyundai i30 is another example of the incredible value and features now offered by small cars in the market. I’m David Berthon

 

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