Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Equipped for a Workout

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Equipped for a Workout

Article excerpt

Byline: BRENT DAVISON

What matters most

What we like: SR is a nicely rounded package that builds on the impressive i30 foundation. The interior is nicely laid out and pleasantly free of ornamentation and the car is an enjoyable thing to live with.

What we would like to see: A sporty exhaust note, a little more power, a few millimetres off the ground clearance.

Warranty and servicing: Lifetime Service Plan, five-year unlimited kilometre warranty, 12-months complimentary roadside assistance.

Vital statistics

Model: Hyundai i30 SR and SR Premium

Engine: 2.0 litre, inline four-cylinder with double overhead camshafts, four valves per cylinder, variable valve timing and direct fuel-injection. 124kW of power at 6500rpm, 201Nm of torque at 4700rpm.

Transmissions: Six-speed manual, six-speed auto.

Fuel consumption: 7.3 litres/100km (manual), 7.7 litres/100km (automatic).

Bottom line plus on-roads: SR manual: $26,550, SR automatic: $28,850, SR Premium manual: $31,250, SR Premium automatic: $33,550, Metallic/mica paint adds $495, Panoramic sunroof adds $2000.

THERE is a reason Hyundai's i30 has given Toyota's Corolla and Mazda's Mazda3 a hammering in the sales race: it is a really nice piece of kit.

That's it. It is bolted together extremely well, it has all the features that make buyers smile, its ride and handling is locally sorted and it drives like a far more expensive car.

Hyundai also puts a remarkably appealing cherry on top of the impressive icing covering its nicely satisfying cake: the price.

Despite all of that, a few still find the i30 lacking that certain something and for that modestly sized mob Hyundai has come up with a solution: i30 SR.

SR is the family's halo model, the upmarket jigger with a load of good equipment and the wherewithal to enjoy being given a good workout whenever the need arises.

Its big ticket items are the things that make potential buyers smile and say: "I can get that for how much?"

It rolls, for example, on sexy 17-inch alloys, dark grey jiggers wrapped in 225/45R17 sports rubber.

The finisher is the bit you can't really see, the suspension which has not only been tuned for Australian roads but also to work with the big wheels and wide tyres. …

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