Like the wider range, the Hyundai i30 Premium petrol is practical, reasonable to run and has a five-year warranty, which is a handy boost over the three years of coverage offered by Subaru, Toyota and Volkswagen.
Its only problem is the SR Premium. It's just $1790 more expensive and brings a 1.6-litre turbo engine, seven-speed dual-clutch transmission and a multi-link rear suspension to the table. Owners after a bit of sparkle should consider it, given the small cost impost brings a more resolved, performance-oriented drive.
If you're not worried about getting from A-to-B in a hurry, the Premium will do just fine.