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Hyundai i30 Series II

New styling, technology and equipment for Hyundai’s small-car star

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One of Australia’s top-selling cars, Hyundai’s multi-award-winning i30 has been significantly restyled, upgraded and even better equipped.

New looks and impressive in-cabin and under bonnet upgrades headline changes across the newly four-tier, five-door hatchback, i30 Series II range.

The five model variants are: Active, new ActiveX, SR (which replaces Elite), SR Premium and Premium.

The i30 Series II boasts a deeper, more assertive front grille that more closely aligns it with its upmarket, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0-designed Sonata and Genesis stable mates.

Interior changes include the addition in entry-level i30 Series II Active of a new 5-inch touchscreen audio system with benchmark connectivity and compatibility options, including Pandora® internet radio, Bluetooth, USB, auxiliary input, iPod and MP3.

Ventilated front seats have been added to the extensive list of standard equipment in i30 Series II SR Premium and Premium variants.

A rear-view camera now combines with four-sensor rear-parking assist as standard equipment across the i30 Series II range.

Under the bonnet, i30 Series II offers a choice of three engines and three transmissions.

 
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For the first time, a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission is optional on diesel-engined i30 Series II Active and ActiveX variants and standard on the diesel-only i30 Series II Premium.

i30 Series II also benefits from the extensive suspension and steering development work carried out by Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s respected local tuning team. SR models feature a bespoke sports suspension tune delivering sharp, responsive turn-in and improved handling while retaining the i30’s supple, rounded ride quality.

i30 Series II retains the Hyundai i30’s 5-Star ANCAP safety rating.

A firm favourite with new-car buyers, and Australia’s fourth-bestselling vehicle in 2014, Hyundai’s i30 already boasts an impressive list of accolades including back-to-back winner of the coveted Australia’s Best Cars Best Small-Car Under $35,000 Award (2013 and 2014).

 

New i30 Series II ActiveX
Series II also introduces an important new i30 variant, the new ActiveX. The new i30 ActiveX delivers even better value-for-money and additional premium features over the Active grade on which it is based.

Like i30 Series II Active, new ActiveX is available either with Hyundai’s Nu 1.8-litre MPI petrol engine (with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission), or U-II 1.6-litre turbo-diesel (with either six-speed manual transmission or 7-speed DCT).

i30 Series II ActiveX additional standard equipment includes sporty, new-design 16-inch alloy wheels with machined-face finish and recessed gunmetal-grey inserts.

Also standard in the new i30 Series II ActiveX are electric folding external mirrors with inbuilt LED side repeaters.

Inside, i30 Series II ActiveX boasts standard leather-appointed black trim with premium steering wheel, gearknob, door trims and instrument panel hood.

Other i30 Series II ActiveX interior enhancements include alloy-look door handles, illuminated sun visors, and ambient lighting for the front centre-console storage area, and a driver’s seat back pocket.

 

STYLING
i30 Series II Active and ActiveX variants new larger hexagonal front grille incorporates black horizontal slats with satin chrome inserts. i30 Series II SR, SR Premium and Premium variants feature gunmetal grey slats with satin chrome inserts.

i30 Series II SR, SR Premium and Premium also now come standard with LED daytime running lights and LED combination tail-lights, in addition SR variants feature a matte-black lower diffuser incorporated into the rear bumper.

SR Premium and Premium variants also feature a distinctive chrome belt-line moulding.

i30 Series II Active variants now wear 16-inch steel wheels with a more upmarket-looking wheel cover design. SR, SR Premium and Premium variants now come standard with new-design gunmetal-grey 17-inch alloy wheels.

INTERIOR
In a Hyundai Motor Company Australia first, the upgraded audio system in i30 Series II Active and ActiveX variants offers Pandora® internet radio capability when tethered with a compatible iOS or Android smartphone. Users are able to interact with the Pandora® app on their smartphone (if installed) via the 5-inch in-dash multimedia display.
 

In keeping with advances in technology, i30 Series II Active variants no longer feature a CD-player as standard. SR, SR Premium, and Premium variants continue to utilise Hyundai’s impressive 7-inch touchscreen satellite-navigation system with CD-player.

To their already impressive list of standard features i30 Series II SR Premium and Premium variants now add front-seat ventilation with three-way adjustability.

DRIVETRAIN
The four-tier i30 Series II range also brings important powertrain upgrades, including a choice of three benchmark transmissions.

i30 Series II’s more potent U-II 1.6 CRDI diesel engine now is available with Hyundai’s advanced seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT). Seamless in operation and even more fuel-efficient than i30 Series II’s impressive six-speed automatic, 7DCT is optional on CRDi-engined Active variants and standard on the diesel-only Premium range flagship.

The new 7DCT transmission features a twin-plate dry clutch design that delivers improved performance and fuel efficiency over a conventional automatic transmission.

Power output of the 1.6 CRDi diesel engine has been increased to 100kW (up 4kW).

7DCT-equipped variants also produce significantly increased peak torque output of 300Nm (up 40Nm) while at the same time delivering improved fuel economy of 4.9 l/100km (down 0.7 l/100km).

i30 Series II’s acclaimed petrol engine line-up is now entirely Euro 5 compliant. Both free-revving Nu 1.8 MPi (Active & ActiveX) and Nu 2.0 GDi (SR and SR Premium) engines are available with either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions.

   Nu 1.8 MPi  Nu 2.0 GDi
Transmission   6-spd manual  6-spd automatic  6-spd manual 6-spd automatic 
 Power (kW)  107kW @ 6,500 rpm  124kW @ 6,500 rpm
 Torque (Nm)  175Nm @ 4,700 rpm  201Nm @ 4,700 rpm
 I/100km  7.0  7.3  7.3  7.7
 Availability  Active & ActiveX  SR & SR Premium
   U-II 1.6 CRDi
 Transmission  6-spd manual  7-spd clutch transmission
 Power (kW)  100kW @ 4,000 rpm
 Torque (Nm)  260Nm @ 1,500-3,500 rpm  300Nm @ 1,750-2500 rpm
 I/100km  4.6  4.9
 Availability  Active & ActiveX Active, ActiveX & Premium