The 1.6-litre four-cylinder unit will power the entry-level SX hatch, punching out 89kW and 153Nm (compared with the 2.0-litre petrol’s 105kW/186Nm and the 1.6-litre diesel’s 85kW/255Nm).
Awarded five stars by the Green Vehicle Guide, Hyundai claims the i30’s new petrol engine is the most fuel efficient naturally aspirated engine in its segment.
The five-speed manual uses 6.5 litres/100km and emits 155g/km CO2, while the four-speed automatic returns figures of 6.9 litres/100km and 166g/km.
Priced at $19,390* (manual) and $21,390* (automatic), the five-star ANCAP-rated base model i30 is equipped with six airbags and ESC as standard, as well as full AUX, USB and iPod connectivity and a five year/unlimited kilometre warranty.
*Note: Excludes dealer delivery and statutory charges.