It was only a matter of time before the Hyundai i30 was to receive the recognition it so rightfully deserves. So when the 1.8 Executive model was named a finalist for this year’s prestigious South African Car of the Year awards, it certainly didn’t come as any surprise. Not to the public, not to the critics and certainly not to the many proud owners already experiencing all its benchmark offerings first-hand.
Three i30 models – all great choices
Hyundai offers a choice of 3 petrol-driven i30 models: 1.6 GLS manual, 1.6 GLS auto and 1.8 GLS manual. All are fitted with 6-speed transmissions and all offer plenty of power and torque on command. The 1.6L models churn out a generous 95kW at 6300rpm and 157Nm at 4850rpm while the 1.8L derivative delivers a punchy 110kW at 6500rpm and 178Nm at 4700rpm. And even though the i30 promises swift acceleration, fuel consumption figures as well as CO2 emissions remain low.
A dynamic drive that’s as safe as it gets
Aside from its striking good looks, the Hyundai i30 offers a powerful and confident drive with precise gear changes, responsive steering and technologies like cruise control and rear park assist at the driver’s fingertips. On the safety front, Hyundai ensured that every active and passive feature box gets ticked. Enhanced braking systems including ABS, EBD, ESP and Vehicle Stability Management as well as 6 airbags come standard on all models. As a result the Hyundai i30 received a 5 Star Euro NCAP safety rating which allows drivers to enjoy some added peace of mind.
Comfort, convenience and luxury guaranteed
The list of extras on the Hyundai i30 seems never-ending. Though nobody’s complaining. Security is taken care of by central locking, remote keyless entry, an alarm, immobiliser and doors that lock automatically at 15km/h. Interior comfort is enhanced by dual zone air conditioning, a cooling glove box, electric windows, clever storage nooks and an advanced radio/CD/MP3 system with USB and iPod ports as well as auxiliary port to connect to or charge other devices.
With sporty alloy wheels, striking headlamp and taillight fittings, an aerodynamic rear spoiler, a high mounted LED stop lamp and electric folding mirrors along with sleek yet bold contour lines, the Hyundai i30 has been designed to stop you in your tracks. The only other feature that might impress you even more – a very competitive price tag.