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Hyundai Australia has bolstered its performance car range with the launch of the Hyundai i30 SR hatchback.

First previewed in concept form at the 2012 Sydney motor show, the new Hyundai i30 SR is priced from $27,990 plus on-road costs and comes equipped with a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated direct-injection petrol engine.

The engine is borrowed from the i40 range and produces 129kW and 209Nm of torque, which is 19kW and 31Nm more than the current 110kW/178Nm 1.8-litre multi-point injection engine, previously the most powerful engine in the i30 line-up.

Hyundai i30 SR4

Hyundai also claims the new powerplant makes at least 200Nm more between 4000rpm and 5500rpm.

Available with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with sequential mode, the i30 SR accelerates from 0-100km/h in 7.7 seconds in manual guise and from 0-400m in 15.6 seconds. These times are 1.4sec and 0.7sec quicker than the standard 1.8-litre i30 Elite manual.

The i30 SR also gets revised gear ratios (taller) to those in the 1.6-litre diesel and 1.8-litre petrol versions.

Hyundai i30 SR7

Hyundai claims the combined fuel economy for the i30 SR manual is 7.2L/100km, while the automatic’s figure is 7.5L/100km (compared with 6.5 and 6.9L/100km respectively for the standard 1.8-litre engine).

There’s also a unique suspension tune for the i30 SR, developed locally for Australian conditions. Hyundai’s engineers tested 43 separate suspension component combinations resulting in re-valved dampers from shock absorber manufacturer Sachs, together with unique front springs – four per cent stiffer than those in the rest of the petrol i30 range.

Based on the mid-spec i30 Elite, the i30 SR comes standard with 17-inch machine-faced alloy wheels, a unique sports grille with piano-black insert, HID Xenon headlights, rear diffuser and SR badges.

Hyundai i30 SR5

Inside, there are sports alloy-faced pedals, leather/leatherette upholstery, powered driver’s seat and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

The i30 will be available from dealerships later this week and is available in four exterior colours; Creamy White, Phantom Black Mica, Brilliant Red Mica and Hyper Silver Metallic (unique to the SR model).

Hyundai i30 SR1

Hyundai i30 SR pricing (excludes on-road costs)

Hyundai i30 SR manual – $27,990
Hyundai i30 SR automatic – $30,190


  • Tom

    This looks a lot nicer I think than the other i30 models which will not date well at all. I’d still go an SRi-V over this though. Gotta support the local jobs!

  • F1orce

    The rear lights look nice.

    It is faster than the Cruze SRi-V

    • Shak

      True it is, however the Cruze is a lot cheaper. With the thousands you saved on a Cruze purchase, the wick could probably be turned up quite a bit on the Cruze if thats what you wanted.

      • $29896495

        Yeah get some great reliability from that after playing. Good for warranty as well. Plus it still looks like a pig.

    • sam

      I highly doubt anyone is really going to do 7.7 0-100 in this thing though. Have a look at the power to weight ratio, it’s not likely.

      • Zaccy16

        i agree, maybe some more optimistic korean performance figures?

  • Henry Toussaint

    7.7 seconds for a 2.0L is rather fast! I wonder if their claim is true

    • Jimmy

      my 2.0L does it in 5.5s

  • Jon

    Too expensive to do well……. very disappointed.. Saw these in the AIMS in 2012 and was hopeful this would bring some more oomph to the market..

  • Me

    Should have had the 1.6T from Veloster turbo.

    • Jon

      But then there would be self cannibalisation, the Kia brand is already likely to release a
      Cerato Koup and that Pro’ceed GT with the same engine.

  • Bangle Asymetry

    Burwood says… Huzzah! Now that speaks volumes about this car.

  • galaxy

    too dear! Too many other performance cars around to compete with – eg Polo GTI, Toyota 86 (even though 2 seater etc). Hmmmm not sure if we’re going to see too many of these on the road somehow.

    • $29896495

      Do agree, this approach should have a much lower price point.

  • asdfg

    That’s slower than a Camry Hybrid.

    • Ambition

      That says more about how fast the Camry Hybrid really is, rather than how slow this car is, given the TCH is the fastest in its class.

      • F1orce

        The Camry Hybrid is pretty damn fast.

        Especially the 0-60kmh run it just goes without much hassle. Feels much faster than 8 seconds

        • hag

          But its slower than ur 1999 model?

    • Sumpguard

      ………….and $12,000 cheaper? Another silly comparison. It’s slower than a 911 too ;)

      • Ambition

        Massive outlay for replacing batteries? Don’t let the techno luddites scare Sumpguard, the cost of maintaining and repairing a Toyota hybrid is noticeably less overall than a comparable conventional ICE car. And that is taking into account the apparent reality that even after the 8 yrs warranty Toyota gives them, it is still extremely rare for batteries to fail after that!

        • $29896495

          They haven’t been out for eight years.

          • Ambition

            The Prius which has almost exactly the same HSD technology, has. Much longer than 8 years I might add. There’s a reason why they’re replacing Falcons with them in taxi fleets across the country.

      • ABCDEFG

        The Camry Hybrid H is $31,990 drive away with 0% interest for 4yrs. I am not working for Toyota, just pointing it out.

        • Sumpguard

          Too be honest I didn’t realise it was that cheap. That makes it a bargain. Why would you bother with a prius?

          • $29896495

            I didn’t either, and that’s a very good question. What value is there in a Prius?

          • Ambition

            More for the real hardcore greenies I spose? People who get the biggest hard ons for great fuel economy figures and the whole image?

  • O123

    I dont get the grill, is it the same as the active model?

  • $29896495

    That’s the way, stick a big engine in it. I like the sound of that. Not a fan of the car but the approach is spot on. reasonable performance and reliability.

    • Ambition

      I agree. This is what car makers should be aiming for or at least give buyers the option. Too many gutless models.

    • F1orce

      New Mazda 3 will have a 2.5L engine.

      Which IMO should be standards for the ‘small’ cars which keep on getting bigger with each year.

      My ideology is that Yaris sized cars should have 1.8L engines

      Corolla Sized cars should have 2 – 2.5L engines

      And the mid sized cars should all have 3L+ engines

      • Zaccy16

        the mazda 3′s 2.5 will be much better than the 2.0 in the sr, it has 138 kw and a big 250 nm of torque but only uses 6 litres per 100 km of fuel!! its a quick sporty engine in the 6 so should be even better in the lighter 3

        • F1orce

          Yeah obviously it would be. 0-100 should easily be done in the low six range.

      • Nathan

        Cars are actually getting lighter and starting to sometimes get smaller.

        • F1orce

          Not up until recent recently.

          When the Corolla debuted with the 100kW 1.8L it was much lighter.

          • haert

            But people don’t drive faster, if anything traffic moves slower and at the same time fuel is more expensive, so why would people want bigger engines?

          • $29896495

            Bigger engines can be lazy and thus give a superior driving experience, performance when necessary and economy most of the time. (Not including old V8s in this) You don’t have to work them hard to achieve results. Which is why many small turbos suck juice to give performance.

      • $29896495

        I would go along with that. Medium is now big though, Corolla etc are now medium and yaris now small. Trying to keep growing cars with tiny engines is ludicrous (trying to make them seem like they haven’t grown because the engine capacity hasn’t) But they are substantially bigger and heavier

        • F1orce

          Before it was about about putting the biggest engine in the smallest car.

          Now its about putting the smallest engine in the biggest car.

          Driven the new Ford Kuga 1.6L? Extremely sluggish and drinks heavily too..

          • $29896495

            No, and I don’t have any desire to, to be honest. I don’t like small engines in big cars even if turboed. Though at some point I may not have a choice. Just rather take the Mazda and US route. at least 2.5lts in a medium car. Simple reliable enough punch to do what you want.

  • Iggy

    this is how you get a conversation going: GOLF118TSI……………..(door slams…..)

  • Zaccy16

    This should be the standard engine IMO, the i30 is a huge improvement over the last gen but is starting to look dated outside, i would rather this engine in the 23,000 dollar kia cerato, the cerato hatch is a nicer car than the i30 IMO

    • Ted

      I thought the 23K – SI Cerato hatch had the same 2 litre engine !

      • Zaccy16

        it does, that is what i stated below, thats why the kia is much better value and a better car IMO

  • Zaccy16

    hopefully the suspension set up is now ‘sporty’

  • Observer

    Same engine as the Cerato Si and SLi? Not sure what the big fuss is. Or why the bigger price…

    • GeraldoBeavis

      Agree, also makes me even more suspicious about the 7.7 claimed 0-100 time. The Cerrato’s with similar weight have not been quoted or tested quicker than 8.5 seconds. One test said they did it 9 seconds in the 2l GDI Cerrato. The Kia Pro C’eed with the turbo 1.6 does 0-100 in 7.7. I think unless Hyundai have seriously toyed with the gear ratios the claimed time for the i30 SR is false.

  • Homer

    $ 28K?? Hope their sales suffer. That kind of money buys polo GTi (more power, more torque, better styling, more modern) or Fiesta turbo (even cheaper with more power and torque), or for an extra two grand a 208 GTi which will kick the Hyundai’s a**. HYUNDAI, they are cheap Korean budget cars and they forget their humble origin, no racing or rally pedigree unlike the three cars I mention. Competing with the best Euro brand is like a jockey riding a pony competing in Melbourne cup

  • nsfg

    “Hyundai Australia has bolstered its performance car range”

    Obviously not a very strong “performance” range if this is the sort of “performance” car they have.
    I’m not saying it’s a bad car, but for a newly released “performance” car, I expect more performance.