This is the new Hyundai i30 Series 2. And this one in particular is the Active X, which Hyundai predicts is going to account for half of all sales of the updated line-up.
What’s all the fuss is about? Let’s take a closer look and find out…
The Active X is the second-tier model in the new i30 range, which has five variants in total.
The reason Hyundai thinks the Active X is the sweet spot is because it’s only about $1000 more than the entry-level Active model but adds a bunch of features.
On the outside you can pick the Active X by its 16-inch alloy wheels and its electric folding side mirrors, and if we jump inside…
…you can see we also get ‘leather-appointed’ seat upholstery, which is part leather and part not leather and doesn’t really feel quite as good as the real thing, a nicer steering wheel, and some other neat finishes throughout the cabin (door handles, etc.).
These features come on top of those that are already standard in the Active model, including cruise control with buttons on the steering wheel, and this 5.0-inch colour touchscreen that can sync to your phone and even link up with your Pandora radio app.
It also has rear parking sensors and a reverse-view camera to take the stress out of squeezing into those tight spaces.
It’s a pretty competitive package for a car that costs under $25,000 even with the optional six-speed automatic this one has.
What’s also great is the amount of storage space in the cabin, which is as good as anything in its class. There’s a big glovebox, deep centre bin, good door bins and this handy stash section beneath the centre console for you phone and wallet and anything else.
The roominess continues in the back where I’ve got good headroom and plenty of legroom.
This seat is particularly comfortable, it’s really nicely reclined and the seatbase is long and supportive, which means you can really settle in for long drives.
No rear vents and no centre armrest is a little disappointing, however.
The i30 also has one of the bigger boots in its class. It’s got a low loading lip and a deep and flat floor, and there’s also a full-size alloy spare wheel beneath the floor.
Hopefully we don’t need that now when we go for a quick spin…
Where the i30 does beat many of its rivals is its aftersales protection.
With a five-year, unlimited-kilometre warranty and lifetime capped-price servicing, it should hopefully deliver years of surprise-free motoring.
And that largely sums up the Hyundai i30. There are few surprises here. It’s a very good car in pretty much every way, and while it still trails the dynamic benchmarks, it betters most for interior space and comfort and aftersales.
Overall, the updates delivered in this Series 2 version add a little freshness to a very solid small car.