Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Loving Family Life

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

Loving Family Life

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Sampling the finer things in life has drawbacks.

Fortunate circumstances have led us behind the wheel of some of the finest cars to grace our roads. With that perspective comes aforementioned downsides.

Luxury marques have the latest features, and those niceties quickly become expectations. Well, that's the case for my lovely bride.

More than a decade in the automotive realm has led to expensive tastes.

So it proved momentous when perceptions and reality proved poles apart for the Hyundai i30 SR Premium.

"I was expecting something honest, reliable and practical," better half Kel said.

"I certainly got a surprise. Purely the amount of different functions and how much punch the car has got.

"There really wasn't anything I didn't like about the i30."

That's impressive praise from a woman with lofty standards. Yours truly the exception.


Simple inclusions made for a happy wife. Number one was Apple CarPlay.

The smartphone mirroring functionality app (also applicable for Android Auto) works by plugging into the USB port. The phone's basic functionality is then available via the touchscreen: your texts are read aloud and you can reply via Siri, listen to podcasts or your music, and there is also access to Maps which can double as sat nav (but the Hyundai one is better).

Number two was the seats. Leather trimmed, the heating and cooling functionality proved popular for mum and kids alike.

Cool mornings saw rear ends warmed, while after sitting in the sun for long periods the car and seats cooled rapidly.


Most important was the spirited performance. Borrowing the phrase from Scott McLachlan, when you "give it some jandal" the 1.6-litre turbo responds with gusto.

Not insanely quick, the turbocharged performance offers restrained surges dictated by your right foot. From standstill you can reach 100km/h in 7.5 seconds. That's reasonably swift.

Gear changes from the seven-speed automatic are timely and sweet, but there is the option for manual-style shifts via small steering wheel paddles. …

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