Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

But It Will Waltz Bends Not Quite Advancing Australia; Vani Naidoo Finds That with a Little Aussie Ingenuity You Can Enjoy Performance without Sacrificing Comfort

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

But It Will Waltz Bends Not Quite Advancing Australia; Vani Naidoo Finds That with a Little Aussie Ingenuity You Can Enjoy Performance without Sacrificing Comfort

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The lowdown

It is a credit to Hyundai that it managed such a performance boost with minimal changes - and in just 10 months.

The SR will be a nice compromise for those who need the practical aspects of a sensible car but still want to feel the occasional thrill of a good drive.

One can't help but think however that Hyundai would be even better served if they pushed the envelope a tad more.

What matters most

What we liked: Nice handling, smart interior, value for money.

What we'd like to see: Cutting edge looks, a bit more grunt, extra exhaust soundtrack.

Warranty and servicing: Hyundai offers a five-year unlimited kilometres warranty with capped-price servicing - $219 for each service over the first three years. Servicing is annual or every 15,000km.

Vital Statistics

Model: Hyundai i30 SR

Details: Four-door front wheel drive warm hatch

Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed auto with electronic sequential manual mode.

Engine: 2.0-litre 16-valve DOHC petrol generating maximum power of 129kW @ 6500rpm and peak torque of 209Nm @ 4700rpm.

Consumption: 7.2 litres/100km (combined average, manual), 7.5L/100km (a).

CO2: 172g/km (manual); 178 (auto).

Bottom line: From $27,990 (auto at $29,990).

HYUNDAI'S growing reputation will no doubt be given a shot in the arm by the recently launched i30SR, a sporty small hatch that will do much to crinkle the Korean manufacturer's penchant for practicality ahead of fun.

No one quite knows what the SR stands for exactly but Hyundai is confident the car will boost sales in the small car segment especially with performance developed by a local tuning program.

Ten months in the making, the SR sports a 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in lieu of the 1.8-litre petrol and 1.6-litre offerings presently powering the i30 range as well real improvements to the front and rear dampers. …

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