The Hyundai i30 SR is sporty by name, not so much by nature
Hyundai offers its popular i30 hatch in many different flavours and price ranges to cater to a broad range of customers: the base Active, the value focussed Hyundai i30 Active X, the highly specified and luxury oriented Elite and Premium models and the sporty SR and SR Premium variants.
We’re assessing the Hyundai i30 SR this week, and as per the remainder of the Hyundai i30 Series II range, the i30 SR gains styling revisions along with fine tuning for Australian roads.
What we like:
- Sports styling elements
- Perky 2.0 litre engine
- Smooth six-speed auto
- Excellent reversing camera and sat nav. system
Not so much:
- Sports styling elements -especially alloy wheels- are attractive but don’t do enough to immediately identify the SR as the sporty model
- 2.0 litre engine offers better performance than base 1.8, but lacks refinement
- 1.6 litre turbo from Veloster could be a better engine choice
- Temperamental satellite navigation system and infotainment facilities
Price and Equipment
The Hyundai i30 SR range starts at $25,590 for the i30 SR manual and creeps up to $32,890 for the i30 SR Premium fitted with a six-speed automatic. Standard equipment on the i30 SR includes dual-zone climate control, satellite navigation, an impressive reversing camera, rear parking sensors, push button start, automatic headlamps and wipers, 17inch alloys, sports pedals and sports inspired cloth trim and a subtle little diffuser on the rump to finish off the exterior treatment.
Step up to the i30 SR Premium and consumers can expect luxuries such as leather trim, xenon headlamps and a panoramic roof.
Our test car was a Hyundai i30 SR with a six-speed automatic and optional metallic paint, which adds an extra $495 to the manufacturer’s $27,890 list price.
Sports pedals and sports inspired cloth trim are the only real pointers that the Hyundai i30 SR is the athletically aspirational model of the i30 line-up and there aren’t any tightly bolstered seats or raunchy red stitching that seem to be standard fixture on more dedicated performance hatches like the Suzuki Swift Sport. The interior decor summarises the i30 SR perfectly-it isn’t a sports model as such, rather another value pack, much in the same way as the i30 Active X, albeit with a different objective.
Front passengers are treated to commodious space all around, and visibility is unobstructed all round.
The satellite navigation system is generally very good, and on one occasion it successfully managed to divert us from the rigour and turmoil of peak hour traffic in Melbourne, converting a potential hour and a half journey into a 20 minute one. As per all Hyundai sat nav systems the graphics are of a good calibre.
However, the system did completely lose its bearings along a metropolitan residential street and the infotainment system intermittently forgot to pair our mobile phone, which was annoying. Sound system quality was good, and the leather wrapped steering wheel was a nice touch.
Accommodation for rear passengers-like all i30 models-is substantial, and the bench itself is remarkably comfortable, offering generous padding and under thigh support.
Boot space is rated at 378 litres.
Engine and Transmission
One engine is available for all Hyundai i30 SR models: a 2.0 litre petrol unit that develops 124kW @ 6500rpm and 201Nm @ 4700rpm. The motor is perky and rev happy, as to be expected with an engine that develops maximum power at a peaky 6500rpm. While the 2.0 donk is a breath of fresh air compared to the 1.8 litre petrol engine found in other models, it is still noisy and unrefined under brisk acceleration.
The six-speed automatic swaps cogs smoothly and generally efficiently, although we felt it held gears for a little too long at times.
A performance model of the i30 is available in Europe which uses the 1.6 litre turbo engine from the Veloster. The aforementioned version may have been a better choice and could’ve have transformed the Hyundai i30 SR from a lukewarm hatch to what Hyundai Australia’s marketing material insistently claim-a sports car.
Combined fuel consumption during the test week was around 8.7 litres, noticeably more than Hyundai’s official combined figure of 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres.
On The Road
The Hyundai i30 SR is much like the other members of the i30 family when it comes to road manners-it’s stable, predictable and generally likeable. All series II i30 models have been fettled by Hyundai’s local engineering team to ensure that the i30 is best adapted to unique Australian driving conditions. They’ve succeeded, as the i30 SR (and other i30 models) tackles Aussie tarmac with aplomb.
However, it misses out on the razor sharp reflexes and driver engagement of sports hatchbacks such as the Swift, or the fun factor of the Veloster.
Drivers can also choose from three steering settings: Normal, Comfort and Sport. As per many electric steering systems, we recommend Normal as it seems to be the best compromise of the three settings.
When it comes to parking, the reversing camera fitted to the Hyundai i30 SR is excellent. Large, clear images are projected onto that 7inch screen are clear in al light conditions and the guidance lines take most of the pain out of parallel and reverse parking.
The Hyundai i30 range has been awarded a five star ANCAP safety rating and standard active safety equipment includes: Anti-lock Brakes, Traction Control System (TCS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS) and Vehicle Stability Management (VSM).
Passive safety equipment includes: driver and front passenger SRS airbags, driver and front passenger side (thorax) SRS airbags, driver knee SRS airbag and side curtain SRS airbags.
Servicing and Warranty: All Hyundai models are covered by Hyundai’s competitive five year unlimited kilometre warranty and Hyundai’s lifetime capped price servicing program. Scheduled annual services for the i30 SR as tested are around $249.
Hyundai i30 SR Series II Specs
Make and model: Hyundai i30 SR Series II
Engine type: 1999cc petrol four-cylinder engine with double overhead cam, variable valve timing and four valves per cylinder
Power: 124kW @ 6500rpm
Torque: 201Nm @ 4700rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic with front wheel drive.
Fuel consumption: 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres
Dimensions: 4300mm long, 1780mm wide, 1470mm high and 2650mm wheelbase
Suspension: Front: MacPherson Strut Rear: Torsion beam axle with high performance monotube dampers
Steering: Rack and pinion
Country of Origin: Korea
Options: metallic paint for $495