Hyundai i30 Active X Series II Preview

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Hyundai i30 Active X brings affordable luxury to i30

This week, we’re sampling the Hyundai i30 Active X Series II fitted with the six-speed automatic and petrol engine. The new budget friendly but luxury oriented “Active X” specification level and petrol drivetrain throw up a number questions when comparing our petrol Active X to the base i30 Active with the 1.6 litre turbo diesel we drove last week. Namely, key questions raised are what drivetrain is better and is the Active X worth the $1800 or so price hike over the cheapest version.

To date, our short time with the Active X suggests the slight price hike is worthwhile. Features such as alloy wheels, a leather wrapped steering wheel and quality leather seats go a long way in making a car look and feel that little bit more special and  more appealing to buyers. Consequently, Hyundai Australia predicts the Active X will be their biggest selling version of the upgraded i30 range.

The 1.8 petrol and conventional six-speed auto however, are overshadowed by the 1.6 diesel and the dual-clutch automatic combo. The petrol engine lacks the diesel’s punch and perhaps most surprisingly, refinement.

Full review to follow.



The founding father of The Motoring Guru, Matt has been a lifelong car enthusiast and a passionate writer. Back in 2013 when The Motoring Guru was first launched, Matt wanted to combine his two passions whilst offering readers sound motoring advice.