The i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance car under the N line up. Built on the New Generation i30, the i30 N has been developed from the ground up to deliver maximum driving pleasure in everyday life on the road, as well as on the track. N was born in Namyang, at Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in Korea, and honed at the Nürburgring, one of the most challenging race tracks in the world and home of Hyundai’s Testing Center. The N logo symbolises a chicane, the ultimate corner where the i30 N has been tested thoroughly and has proven its ability. The i30 N is inspired by Hyundai Motorsport’s experience in WRC since 2014.

“The Hyundai i30 N has been developed for no other purpose than to deliver maximum driving fun to our customers in an accessible high-performance package,” says Albert Biermann, Executive Vice President Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division. “With the high-performance N models we will enhance our brand’s appeal with emotional products that cater to the needs of people who love to have a smile on their face when they drive their car on a winding road and listen to the sound of the engine. That’s why we measure high-performance in BPM, heart beats per minute instead of only RPM.”

The i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s answer to emerging customer preferences towards uncompromising innovation and technology-driven performance. Due to be launched across Europe by the end of 2017, the All-New i30 N is made for people to experience a contented grin when driving a performance car. Part of the i30 range, the i30 N sports a unique character and coherent, timeless design – including the Cascading Grille at the front, the new Hyundai signature, which is characterised by a downward tapering gesture inspired by the flow of molten steel.

Focused on Fun to Drive

The i30 N has been developed on the basis of three corner stones under the theme ‘Fun to Drive’: Corner Rascal, Everyday Sports Car and Race Track Capability.

The i30 N has been developed to make the driver’s heart beat faster when he or she gets behind the wheel. Instead of focusing on pure numbers, Hyundai Motor has chosen to emphasise driving pleasure and the emotional impact on the driver’s heartbeats per minute (BPM), rather than simply measuring revs per minute (RPM). When the driver hits the throttle and shifts through the gears, the Rev matching function supports smooth gear shifting, while the overboost function increases torque (+8 per cent) and acceleration (+6-7 per cent).

The feeling is enhanced by the car’s emotional sound from the dual muffler exhaust featuring the variable exhaust valve system. The cockpit of the i30 N shows key performance parameters through the new instrument cluster and the 8-inch free-floating screen’s modes such as the G-Force meter for live tracking of the performance.

The design is based on true high-performance vehicles and includes Hyundai’s Cascading Grille at the front, aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, and a new rear spoiler. According to the principle “form follows function”, the car design enhances aerodynamic and cooling performance. Its operation focuses on the pure connection between the car and the driver. The i30 N is built around the driver for maximum responsiveness, balanced performance and fun to drive.

Corner Rascal

The i30 N loves corners. The N logo symbolises a chicane, the ultimate part of the track where the i30 N achieves maximum traction, precision and feeling. The powerful 2.0-litre turbocharged engine delivers up to 275 PS and 353 Nm torque. It offers direct response with a linear power development through the early responding turbo charger. It features front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission.

The i30 N’s maximum grip is guaranteed by the 18-inch Michelin or 19-inch Pirelli high-performance Hyundai N tyres. The rack-mounted motor-driven power steering is very direct and offers high precision.

The lowered body is rigid and in combination with the Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS) reduces roll and enhances cornering speed, enabling the driver to adjust the dampers from comfort-oriented daily commuting to high-performance track-driving. 

The i30 N is aerodynamically designed to reduce lift to keep the body firmly on to the road when maximum traction is required. The Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD) enhances grip and delivers maximum power to the road. For the real enthusiasts the Electronic Stability Control (ESC) can be switched off completely for maximum freedom. In order to give the driver and passenger the maximum comfort, the exclusively developed N sport seats offer maximum stability and lateral support in all driving situations.

Everyday Sports Car

The i30 N is an everyday sports car, suitable for daily commuting in comfort on weekdays or for race track performance on the weekend. By offering a great variety of customisation options, the i30 N is a well-balanced hatchback, offering performance and practicality to create the best feeling for the driver.

There are five drive modes, including Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings, which can be selected by using two dedicated buttons on the steering wheel. The different modes change the character of the car, adjusting the high-performance parameters of the engine, the dampers, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Electronic Limited Slip Differential (E-LSD), sound, steering and Rev matching. Additionally, the driver can select the Rev matching button on the steering wheel to increase the revs on the engine when shifting from a higher to a lower gear, while the car’s Launch Control helps to launch the car as easy as possible by controlling engine torque. 

Race Track Capability

In the development of the vehicle, durability and racetrack performance were key elements. The i30 N has undergone 10,000 km of driving on the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring circuit for durability testing.

The car has also taken part twice in the world’s toughest endurance test, the ADAC 24-hours race on the Nürburgring. The engine and its components have been tested for total vehicle evaluation in 2016 and for ensuring its overall race track capability in 2017. Thus, when taking the i30 N to a track day, the driver can be sure that the car’s performance will endure. Its brakes have been developed to last with an extra cooling function through the air intakes on the front bumper.

The Electronic Controlled Suspension (ECS) allows the driver to adjust the i30 N to best suit a race track’s requirements. The body’s high rigidity is increased by the rear stiffness bar behind the rear seats. The car features a strong clutch that is built to last, while the precise six-speed manual transmission has short travel to enhance fast shifting.

02 Hyundai Motor N line up: born in Namyang, honed at the Nürburgring

The Hyundai i30 N is Hyundai Motor’s first high-performance model under the N line up. The ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global R&D Centre in Korea, where the idea was born, and for the Nürburgring, home to Hyundai Motor’s European Test Centre, where the N line upwas further developed and tested. The close connection between Namyang and Nürburgring created the foundation for N, the goal being to deliver driving enjoyment. Symbolising a chicane, the ‘N’ logo embodies this aspect – an agile vehicle that is fun to drive – and represents the ultimate driving experience on winding roads.

Inspired by Motorsport - the proven track record of Hyundai

Born at the start of 2013 and based in Alzenau, Germany, Hyundai Motorsport was set up to develop a long-term motor sport programme that demonstrates the emotion and engineering which Hyundai puts into its cars. For the last four years Hyundai Motorsport has participated successfully in the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), regarded as one of the most challenging and diverse motor sport disciplines:

2013: Launch of i20 WRC.


  • Re-entry to the World Rally Championship
  • With i20 WRC Hyundai Motorsport takes four podiums and finishes WRC in fourth position in the manufacturer standings.


  • Launch of the Hyundai high performance N line up at Frankfurt Motorshow with the concept cars N 2025 Vision Gran Turismo and RM15.
  • Hyundai takes four podiums and finishes WRC in third position.


  • Launch of high-performance racing concepts RM16 at Busan Motor Show and RN30 at Paris Motor Show. 
  • Hyundai takes seven podiums and finishes WRC in second position.


  • The dawn of a new era in the sport with the introduction of new technical regulations resulting in more distinctive, powerful and dramatic-looking WRC cars.
  • Launch of Hyundai’s first mass-produced high-performance car i30 N.
  • Hyundai takes six podiums in half of the season and currently ranks second in WRC drivers and team rankings.

Hyundai’s high-performance concepts have been derived during the development of WRC cars. That is why the WRC is considered to be the cradle of the N line up, thus for the i30 N. During the races, with cars competing on roads of gravel, tarmac, snow and ice, the Hyundai Motor engineers identify further refinement and potential performance enhancements for the i30 N.

Hyundai has again redefined the thriving Australian small-car market with its striking third-generation i30 hatch. The most stylish, strongest, best-equipped and technologically savviest i30 yet, the reimagined i30 easily sets a new premium small-car benchmark.

Bigger and roomier than its predecessors, this third-generation of Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s most popular model – and one of Australia’s best-selling cars – also offers exceptional value for money.

Among its wealth of new attributes the new i30 brings strong new European-design looks, premium build quality and range-wide state-of-the-art driver-focused connectivity. It also offers a comprehensive suite of technology features that further establish the i30’s reputation as an affordable, premium quality small car.

Standard features range-wide now include even easier access to powerful communications, satellite-navigation and entertainment options via i30’s range-wide 8-inch, multimedia display with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto compatibility, including steering wheel-operated voice control.

In another first for Hyundai in Australia, the new i30 also boasts access to clearer-sounding DAB+ digital radio. The new i30’s long list of available technologies includes full LED headlights, wireless smartphone charging, heated and ventilated front seats, and much more.

The five-tier i30 range starts with the exceptional value-for-money entry-level Active and runs through Elite, Premium, SR and SR Premium variants. For the first time, alloy wheels are now standard across the i30 range, with 16- and 17-inch wheels on comfort variants (Active, Elite and Premium) and 18-inch wheels on sports variants (SR and SR Premium).

Engine and transmission choices start with the i30 Active’s standard 120kW/203Nm Nu 2.0-litre GDi (Gasoline Direct Injection) petrol four-cylinder with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. Also available in the i30 Active, Elite and Premium variants is Hyundai’s U-II 1.6-litre CRDi (Common Rail Diesel Injection) diesel engine mated to a 7-speed Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) or six-speed manual (Active variant only).

Available exclusively in i30 SR sports variants Hyundai’s 150kW/265Nm Gamma 1.6-litre Turbo-GDi petrol engine comes with a 7-speed DCT or six-speed manual. The new i30’s on-road dynamics also have been exhaustively tested and optimised for local conditions and driver preferences by Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s highly credentialed Chassis Development Team.

“i30 has been a six-time Australia’s Best Car winner for good reason,” says HMCA Chief Operating Officer Scott Grant. “It’s also been a hugely successful model for Hyundai Motor Company Australia, and I confidently predict this handsome and even-better third-generation i30 will continue that success.

“The new i30’s incredible overall sophistication and fantastic technology platform will further enhance our best-selling model in Australia. And our industry-leading after-sales iCare customer care program, legendary 5-year/unlimited km warranty and Lifetime Service Plan all make it even more attractive.

“Let’s just say that I look forward to welcoming a devoted group of new i30 owners to our Hyundai family.”

Hyundai Motorsport’s first project for circuit racing took a big step forward, with the New Generation i30 TCR taking to the track for the first time as testing began for the new car.

The Customer Racing department travelled to Motorland Aragon in Spain as the development phase of the project got underway in earnest. Prior to the trip the team had completed several shakedown runs with the brand new design, but the three days at the track gave the engineers a first opportunity to gather data about the car’s behaviour around laps of a race circuit.

Completing the running without major reliability issues the team was able to begin trying alternative settings as they started to work towards a base set-up for the car. The mix of corners on the Aragon circuit made it the perfect venue for the maiden test. The 5.3km layout allowed the team and driver Gabriele Tarquini to refine the handling balance through both slow and high speed corners, as well as under heavy braking for the hairpin at the end of the long back straight.

The team was also able to test a number of different engine map settings to begin to gauge the performance of the two-litre turbocharged engine, which is connected to a six-speed sequential gearbox, operated with paddle-shifters.

Based on the road-going New Generation i30 platform the new race car is designed according to the successful TCR regulations that were first used in 2015. The category now forms the basis for a number of international and national championships, as well for classes that compete at endurance events.

Following the test the car returned to Hyundai Motorsport’s headquarters in Alzenau, Germany, where the team will prepare for next date in a busy development schedule.

Customer Racing department manager Andrea Adamo said: “The first test of a new car is always a very exciting moment in a project, and to have come through three days without a major problem makes it even better. We were able to complete all the work that we had set out for the test, which is obviously a nice start to a busy development schedule for the New Generation i30 TCR project. We were able to work on the balance of the car, and start developing an initial set-up that we can use in future, not only for the handling, but the important engine and differential settings. We can now use these as a base for future tests as we turn our focus to gaining the maximum performance from specific components.”

Testing of the New Generation i30 TCR will continue through the summer and autumn at venues around Europe. The first completed cars are expected to be delivered to customers is early December.

Hyundai Motor Company Australia has announced pricing and specifications for the new i30, which will go on sale in Australia later this month. The entry-level i30 Active manual will start at $20,950*, $500 less than the outgoing model it replaces.

A $500 price reduction has been applied despite the addition of approximately $2,000-worth of extra standard features to the new car compared with the old, including a fully integrated satellite navigation system with 8” touch screen display, with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility and DAB+ digital radio, and a 2.0-litre GDi direct-injection engine developing 13kW more power and 28Nm more torque than the 1.8-litre MPi engine it replaces.

Other additions to the new i30 Active specification over the outgoing GD Active include 16” alloy wheels, LED daytime running lights, automatic headlights, hill-start assist and a tyre pressure monitoring system.

“We have built outstanding quality and value into the new i30, not just at the entry level but across the range,” said Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Executive Officer, JW Lee. “Quality is what buyers demand and expect, and it is inherent in the new i30, its refinement, comfort, handling, performance, safety and practicality. In all of these respects, along with its superb design, we believe the new Hyundai i30 is competitive with the very best in the class from a product perspective, while simultaneously extending Hyundai’s value leadership.”

New i30: Outstanding Features across the Range

In addition to the entry-level Active, the new Hyundai i30 will come in two comfort and two sports trim grades (see table below). All offer outstanding specifications against the very best in the small car segment.

The smooth and torquey 1.6 CRDi turbo-diesel engine – 100kW/300Nm in Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT) form, 100kw/280Nm as a manual – is available in three trim grades, while SR models are now fitted with the upgraded 1.6-litre T-GDi turbo engine shared with the Elantra SR Turbo, developing 150kW and 265Nm.

The entry point for this responsive turbocharged engine is the SR manual, priced at $25,950. The DCT-equipped model is $28,950, with the top-of-the range SR Premium (DCT only) priced at $33,950.

In SR trim, the new i30 offers around $5,000-worth of new features compared with the outgoing SR, for a price uplift of only $100 for the DCT variant, while in SR Premium trim, approximately $5,000-worth of features have again been added for a $400 uplift (refer to Customer Value table below).

Specification additions for the new i30 comfort and sports trims include wireless phone charging, new-design 17” and 18” wheels, dual exhaust tips, LED headlights, multi-link rear suspension in SR models and Hyundai’s SmartSense safety and alert system, which incorporates Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), smart cruise control, blind spot detection, rear cross traffic alert and Lane Keeping Assist (refer to Specification Overview table below for further details).

An optional Safety Pack, including AEB and other SmartSense features, will be made available on the i30 Active by the end of 2017. Pricing for the Active's safety pack, along with further i30 specification details, will be announced at the vehicle’s national media launch in early May.

The new i30 is equipped with seven airbags and has achieved a maximum 5-star ANCAP safety rating.

“We are immensely proud of the work our engineers and designers have done to create this car,” JW Lee continued. “Through outstanding customer support, Hyundai will enhance the new i30’s ownership proposition even further, with a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty, 10-year free map update plan for the satellite navigation system, a superb-value Lifetime Service Plan and outstanding roadside support.

“We feel confident this car will compete well with the best in the class and will appeal strongly to all Australian small car buyers.”

Customer Value 

With a significant increase in standard specifications on all grades, whilst retaining similar MLP price-points, the new i30 range delivers considerably improved customer value.

New i30: Pricing

Engine Transmission Active SR SR Premium Elite Premium
2.0 GDi 6-Manual $20,950 - - - -
6-Automatic $23,250 - - - -
1.6 CRDi 6-Manual $23,450 - - - -
7-DCT $25,950 - - $28,950 $33,950
1.6 T-GDi 6-Manual - $25,950 - - -
7-DCT - $28,950 $33,950 - -

*Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Prices. Price excludes dealer delivery and on-road costs.

Option pricing Active SR SR Premium Elite Premium
Metallic/mica paint $495 $495 $495 $495 $495
Beige interior - - - $295 $295
Panoramic sunroof - $2,000 - $2,000 -

*Note: All prices are Manufacturer’s List Prices. Price excludes dealer delivery and on-road costs.

This year’s Geneva International Motor Show will be the stage for the unveiling of the Next Generation Hyundai i30 Wagon. The new member of the i30 family maintains the timeless design of its five-door sibling, adding elegance and versatility in its body style.

“Designed, developed, tested and manufactured in Europe, the New Generation Hyundai i30 is Hyundai Motor’s DNA car in Europe,” says Thomas A. Schmid, Chief Operating Officer at Hyundai Motor Europe. “The i30 was created as the new people’s car. It is more than a model – it is a family of cars consisting of four body types, each with a unique character, and united by a coherent, timeless design. With the new i30 Wagon we are now introducing the next body type, offering elegance and versatility for everyone.”

“The Next Generation i30 Wagon speaks the language of the i30 family in terms of design, and it carries the new Hyundai family identity - the Cascading Grille,” explains Thomas Bürkle, Chief Designer at Hyundai Design Centre Europe. “The tapering roofline and dynamic proportions give the Wagon an almost coupé-like silhouette. The sleek and dynamic profile is further emphasised by a rich chrome frame surrounding the side windows.”

In combination with the full-LED headlamps and the vertical LED daytime running lights, the Next Generation i30 Wagon has a strong visual presence.

High versatility with one of the biggest boots in the segment

The i30 Wagon’s sleek design does not compromise boot space: with 602 litres of space (VDA 211) and 1,650 litres (VDA 214) with the seats folded, it has one of the biggest boots in the segment. Versatility is further enhanced by the additional storage space beneath the boot floor with several compartments.

The overall length of the wagon is 4,585 mm (5-door version: 4,340 mm) and the height is 1,465 mm (1,475 mm with roof rack). The overall width of 1,795 mm and wheelbase of 2,650 mm are the same as in the five-door version.

Best-in-class standard safety package

Hyundai Motor democratises technology by offering the latest active safety and connectivity features for the Next Generation i30 Wagon. The i30 offers best-in-class standard active safety, with Autonomous Emergency Braking, Driver Attention Alert, High Beam Assist and Lane Keeping Assist System always on board.

Using camera sensors, the Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) fitted in the i30 operates in three stages. After initially warning the driver visually and acoustically, it then controls the brake according to the collision danger stage and applies maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage when a collision is unavoidable. The optional pedestrian recognition uses a front radar and avoids or mitigates the consequence of an impact with a pedestrian.

Driver Attention Alert (DAA) is a driver protection feature that helps monitor driving patterns in order to detect reckless or fatigued driving and prevent potential accidents.

Advanced Smart Cruise Control (ASCC) keeps a constant speed and distance from the vehicle ahead by automatically accelerating and braking up to 180km/h. If the traffic comes to a halt, the system applies the brake until the car comes to a standstill and accelerates to the desired speed as soon as the road is clear.

The Blind Spot Detector (BSD) with Lane Change Assist monitors the rear corners and, if another vehicle is detected, a visual alert appears on the exterior mirrors.

The Rear-Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) system reduces the risk of collision with approaching traffic when reversing out of narrow areas with low visibility by alerting the driver visually and acoustically.

The Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) alerts the driver about unsafe movements at speeds over 60km/h by sensing the car’s position. It warns the driver acoustically and visually before inducing corrective steering to guide the driver back to a safe position.

The Speed Limit Information Function (SLIF) identifies road speed signs and displays the speed limit in real time. The information is shown both in the navigation system display as well as in the TFT cluster.

High Beam Assist (HBA) detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night and changes to low-beam lights as appropriate, thereby reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, HBA automatically re-activates the high beams, maximising the driver’s range of vision.

Smart and connected

The i30 Wagon offers customers a spacious and elegant interior with a horizontal layout and free-floating screen for the infotainment system. The eight-inch touch screen of the new-generation navigation system offers state-of-the-art connectivity features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and LIVE Services. A wireless charging system for smartphones with the Qi standard is available as well. As an alternative, customers can choose between different audio options, including the audio system with a five-inch capacitive LCD touch screen with integrated dynamic rear-view camera, Bluetooth connectivity and My Music functionality.

Dynamic and efficient powertrains

The powertrain line-up of the i30 Wagon consists of downsized turbocharged engines that enhance efficiency and responsiveness. Customers can choose from three petrol engines and one 1.6-litre turbo diesel engine featuring three power outputs. The Wagon is available with Hyundai’s all-new turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine, the 1.4 T-GDi which delivers a maximum power of 103kW. The new three-cylinder 1.0 T-GDi delivers maximum power of 88kW.

Driving dynamics

The engineers of Hyundai Motor Europe’s Technical Centre in Germany enhanced the driving dynamics of the Next Generation i30 in a rigorous testing programme throughout Europe and on the famous Nürburgring Nordschleife. The highly rigid and light body with 53 per cent Advanced High Strength Steel provides the basis for good ride and handling characteristics, and the fact that it is combined with 10 per cent more direct steering and a newly developed chassis means the driver can enjoy dynamic driving together with high levels of comfort.

Hyundai Motor Company Australia has announced sporty upgrades to the sports-tuned variants of Australia’s reigning top-selling car. Headline upgrades to the i30 Series II SR range include exclusive 17-inch, grey-metallic machined-face alloy wheels and red-on-black interior with leather-appointed sports bucket seats.

SR variants equipped with Hyundai’s six-speed automatic transmission now come standard with sporty paddle-shifters allowing drivers to select the sequential manual mode without taking their hands off the steering wheel, providing a more engaging driving experience.


The i30 Series II SR range now comes standard with striking new 17-inch grey-metallic machined-face alloy wheels shod with 225-45R17 tyres. The new wheels are a unique, five twin-spoke design. Also available is the addition of a bold ‘Phoenix Orange’ exterior colour exclusive to the SR range.


The i30 Series II SR range now features an upgraded sports interior, with black leather upholstery, red inserts on seat bolsters, and red stitching on the seats, steering wheel, and front door armrests.

Front sports bucket seats with extended bolsters not only add to the visual impact, but also provide more lateral support for the driver and front passenger during spirited driving. Dark grey-metallic interior trim highlights replace the previous silver trim highlights in all variants, and the headlining is now black (previously grey). A striking red push-button start surround trim replaces the previous silver trim surround.

Hyundai’s expansive panoramic glass sunroof is now available as an option on i30 SR but remains a standard feature on the SR Premium variant. Further complementing the 2.0 GDi petrol engine and local sports suspension setup is the addition of paddle shifters on automatic variants.

i30 Series II

Like all i30 Series II variants, the top-spec SR and SR Premium already set industry benchmarks. Their value-for-money equipment levels and standard full suite of active and passive safety features are matched to the i30 Series II’s critically acclaimed Australian-tuned ride and handling dynamics.

Together with Hyundai’s industry-leading five-year/unlimited warranty and after-sales innovations, those attributes have this year helped i30 Series II become Australia’s best-selling car for a Hyundai record-breaking four consecutive months (March – June).


Key specification changes over the outgoing i30 Series II SR models are outlined below:

  • 17” alloy wheels finished in dark grey metallic paint with a machined face
  • Black/red leather* appointed interior (leather now standard on SR model)
  • Front sports bucket seats
  • Red inserts on seat bolsters
  • Black headlining
  • Cloth covered interior A-pillar trims
  • Dark grey metallic interior trim highlights
  • Red stitching on seats, steering wheel, and front door armrests
  • Red push button start trim surround
  • Panoramic glass sunroof (optional on SR model, standard on SR Premium)

*Finishes specified as leather may contain elements of genuine leather, polyurethane leather (leather substitute) or man-made materials, or a combination thereof.





SR Premium

2.0L GDi Petrol

6 Speed Manual



6 Speed Automatic



Option Pricing:

Metallic / Mica paint: $495
Panoramic sunroof: $2,000

*All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.

*All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.

Hyundai’s i30 hatchback is Australia’s cheapest popular car to own and run, according to the NRMA. The i30 – Australia’s best-selling car in June and second runner-up last month – has topped the NRMA’s first breakdown of weekly running costs for Australia’s 10 best-selling vehicles. Based on official sales figures, the top-10 list includes cars, SUVs and utilities. Using its new online Running Costs Calculator, the NRMA graded July’s top-10 best-sellers, evaluating either the entry-level or most popular variant of each vehicle with private buyers.

Using as its model buyer a 55-year-old with a 65 percent no-claim bonus, the NRMA’s calculator shows the $21,990 (MLP) i30 ActiveX automatic costs just $156.90 per week to run – significantly less than its immediate rivals. The NRMA’s analysis is based on five years’ ownership and 15,000km/year mileage. It also considers the cost of compulsory third-part insurance, fuel, tyres, servicing, registration, maintenance, repairs, roadside membership and depreciation. “Obviously, we’re delighted that the i30 has come out on top in the NRMA’s important running cost calculations of Australia’s best-selling cars,” Hyundai Motor Company Australia Chief Operating, John Elsworth said. “The i30 is a firm favourite with Australian new-car buyers, and these outstanding real-world figures resoundingly endorse their choice.”

The NRMA’s calculations for July’s top-10 best-sellers were:

Vehicle Weekly Cost (pw)
Hyundai i30 ActiveX $156.90
Volkswagen Golf 90 TSI $160.04
Toyota Corolla Ascent $164.61
Mazda3 Neo $166.94
Mazda CX-5 Maxx FWD $188.45
Toyota Camry Altise $197.63
Mitsubishi Triton GLX diesel $218.28
Toyota HiLux SR5 diesel $252.22
Ford Ranger XL $229.35
Holden Commodore SV6 $254.34

NRMA Running Costs Calculator

The NRMA’s 2015 Running Costs Calculator gives NSW and ACT motorists real-world information on the cost of owning some 2100 models. The default purchase and fuel prices can be updated any time and the cost of comprehensive insurance can be personalised to give a realistic weekly estimate. The NRMA’s Weekly Running Costs are based on private ownership over a five-year period and annual 15,000km distance travelled. The analysis takes into account the cost of compulsory third-party insurance, fuel, tyres, servicing, registration, maintenance, repairs, roadside membership and depreciation.

Depreciation is calculated using the vehicle manufacturers' recommended retail price plus dealer and statutory charges. This includes Luxury Car Tax where applicable or the advertised drive-away price where available; less the forecast residual value for each model.

One of Australia’s top-selling cars, Hyundai’s multi-award-winning i30 has been significantly restyled, upgraded and even better equipped. New looks and impressive in-cabin and under bonnet upgrades headline changes across the newly four-tier, five-door hatchback, i30 Series II range. The five model variants are: Active, new ActiveX, SR (which replaces Elite), SR Premium and Premium. The i30 Series II boasts a deeper, more assertive front grille that more closely aligns it with its upmarket, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0-designed Sonata and Genesis stable mates. Interior changes include the addition in entry-level i30 Series II Active of a new 5-inch touchscreen audio system with benchmark connectivity and compatibility options, including Pandora® internet radio, Bluetooth, USB, auxiliary input, iPod and MP3. Ventilated front seats have been added to the extensive list of standard equipment in i30 Series II SR Premium and Premium variants.

A rear-view camera now combines with four-sensor rear-parking assist as standard equipment across the i30 Series II range. Under the bonnet, i30 Series II offers a choice of three engines and three transmissions. For the first time, a seven-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission is optional on diesel-engined i30 Series II Active and ActiveX variants and standard on the diesel-only i30 Series II Premium. i30 Series II also benefits from the extensive suspension and steering development work carried out by Hyundai Motor Company Australia’s respected local tuning team. SR models feature a bespoke sports suspension tune delivering sharp, responsive turn-in and improved handling while retaining the i30’s supple, rounded ride quality. i30 Series II retains the Hyundai i30’s 5-Star ANCAP safety rating. A firm favourite with new-car buyers, and Australia’s fourth-bestselling vehicle in 2014, Hyundai’s i30 already boasts an impressive list of accolades including back-to-back winner of the coveted Australia’s Best Cars Best Small-Car Under $35,000 Award (2013 and 2014).

Series II also introduces an important new i30 variant, the new ActiveX. The new i30 ActiveX delivers even better value-for-money and additional premium features over the Active grade on which it is based. Like i30 Series II Active, new ActiveX is available either with Hyundai’s Nu 1.8-litre MPI petrol engine (with six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission), or U-II 1.6-litre turbo-diesel (with either six-speed manual transmission or 7-speed DCT). i30 Series II ActiveX additional standard equipment includes sporty, new-design 16-inch alloy wheels with machined-face finish and recessed gunmetal-grey inserts. Also standard in the new i30 Series II ActiveX are electric folding external mirrors with inbuilt LED side repeaters. Inside, i30 Series II ActiveX boasts standard leather-appointed black trim with premium steering wheel, gearknob, door trims and instrument panel hood. Other i30 Series II ActiveX interior enhancements include alloy-look door handles, illuminated sun visors, and ambient lighting for the front centre-console storage area, and a driver’s seat back pocket.

i30 Series II Active and ActiveX variants new larger hexagonal front grille incorporates black horizontal slats with satin chrome inserts. i30 Series II SR, SR Premium and Premium variants feature gunmetal grey slats with satin chrome inserts. i30 Series II SR, SR Premium and Premium also now come standard with LED daytime running lights and LED combination tail-lights, in addition SR variants feature a matte-black lower diffuser incorporated into the rear bumper. SR Premium and Premium variants also feature a distinctive chrome belt-line moulding. i30 Series II Active variants now wear 16-inch steel wheels with a more upmarket-looking wheel cover design. SR, SR Premium and Premium variants now come standard with new-design gunmetal-grey 17-inch alloy wheels.

In a Hyundai Motor Company Australia first, the upgraded audio system in i30 Series II Active and ActiveX variants offers Pandora® internet radio capability when tethered with a compatible iOS or Android smartphone. Users are able to interact with the Pandora® app on their smartphone (if installed) via the 5-inch in-dash multimedia display. In keeping with advances in technology, i30 Series II Active variants no longer feature a CD-player as standard. SR, SR Premium, and Premium variants continue to utilise Hyundai’s impressive 7-inch touchscreen satellite-navigation system with CD-player. To their already impressive list of standard features i30 Series II SR Premium and Premium variants now add front-seat ventilation with three-way adjustability.

The four-tier i30 Series II range also brings important powertrain upgrades, including a choice of three benchmark transmissions. i30 Series II’s more potent U-II 1.6 CRDI diesel engine now is available with Hyundai’s advanced seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (7DCT). Seamless in operation and even more fuel-efficient than i30 Series II’s impressive six-speed automatic, 7DCT is optional on CRDi-engined Active variants and standard on the diesel-only Premium range flagship. The new 7DCT transmission features a twin-plate dry clutch design that delivers improved performance and fuel efficiency over a conventional automatic transmission. Power output of the 1.6 CRDi diesel engine has been increased to 100kW (up 4kW). 7DCT-equipped variants also produce significantly increased peak torque output of 300Nm (up 40Nm) while at the same time delivering improved fuel economy of 4.9 l/100km (down 0.7 l/100km). i30 Series II’s acclaimed petrol engine line-up is now entirely Euro 5 compliant. Both free-revving Nu 1.8 MPi (Active & ActiveX) and Nu 2.0 GDi (SR and SR Premium) engines are available with either 6-speed manual or 6-speed automatic transmissions.


Nu 1.8 MPi

Nu 2.0 GDi


6-spd manual

6-spd automatic

6-spd manual

6-spd automatic

Power (kW)

107kW @ 6,500 rpm

124kW @ 6,500 rpm

Torque (Nm)

175Nm @ 4,700 rpm

201Nm @ 4,700 rpm







Active & ActiveX

SR & SR Premium


U-II 1.6 CRDi


6-spd manual

7-spd dual clutch transmission

Power (kW)

100kW @ 4,000 rpm

Torque (Nm)

260Nm @ 1,500-3,500 rpm

300Nm @ 1,750-2,500 rpm





Active & ActiveX

Active, ActiveX & Premium

Key Specifications

i30 Series II Active

  • 7 airbags - driver & front passenger, driver & front passenger side (thorax), full length curtains, driver’s knee
  • Electronic Stability Control (ESC) including: Traction Control System (TCS), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist System (BAS), Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)
  • Rear parking assist system (4 sensors)
  • Rear-view camera
  • 16-inch steel wheels with 205/55R16 tyres
  • Keyless entry with burglar alarm
  • 5-inch touchscreen audio system with MP3 capability, 6 speakers, media ripping/storage and Pandora® internet radio capability via tethering with smartphone
  • AUX / USB audio input with digital iPod® compatibility. Bluetooth connectivity (hands-free phone & audio streaming)
  • Steering wheel-mounted audio controls
  • Cruise control with steering wheel-mounted controls
  • Front & rear power windows
  • Height-adjustable driver’s seat
  • One-touch turn signal operation (3, 5, or 7 flashes)
  • One-touch window-down on driver’s window
  • Tilt & telescopic steering column
  • Trip computer
  • Cloth interior
  • LED high-mount stoplight
  • Manual air-conditioning with rear heating ducts
  • 60:40 split-folding rear seats

i30 Series II ActiveX

Key features above Active:

  • 16-inch alloy wheels with machined-face finish and gunmetal-grey inserts
  • Leather-appointed interior trim
  • Premium steering wheel, gearknob, door trim and instruments panel hood
  • Electric folding exterior mirrors with side repeaters
  • Alloy-look interior doorhandles
  • Illuminated sun visors, ambient lighting for the front centre console storage area and driver’s seat back pocket

i30 Series II SR (replaces Elite)

Key specifications above Active:

  • 2.0 GDi petrol engine (+17kW & 26Nm over 1.8 MPi)
  • 17-inch alloy wheels in gunmetal grey finish with 225/45R17 tyres
  • LED daytime running lights
  • LED tail-lights with bulb turn signal & reverse lights
  • Sports front grille in gunmetal grey with satin chrome highlights
  • Rear bumper lower diffuser in matte black (exclusive to SR models)
  • Automatic dusk-sensing headlights
  • 7-inch touchscreen satellite-navigation system with CD player & 3 years’ HERE MapCareTM
  • Dual-zone climate-control with automatic windscreen defog function
  • Proximity smart key with push-button start
  • Electric folding external mirrors with integrated LED side repeater lights
  • Alloy look interior door handles
  • Alloy sports pedals
  • Premium gearknob and steering wheel
  • Illuminated door handles, puddle lights, and sun visors

i30 Series II Premium & i30 Series II SR Premium

Key specifications above SR:

  • High Intensity Discharge (HID) Xenon headlights with washer system and auto-levelling
  • Electrochromatic auto-dimming interior mirror (ECM)
  • Electrically adjusted driver’s seat (10-way)
  • Electronic Park-Brake (EPB)
  • Heated and air-ventilated front seats
  • Leather upholstery
  • Rear-seat cooling vents in centre console
  • Rear-seat centre armrest
  • Chrome belt-line moulding
  • Panoramic glass sunroof
  • Cargo net
  • One-touch window up/down function on all windows
  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Sun visor extensions
  • Supervision cluster with colour TFT LCD display


Driveaway Pricing

Please find below the current i30 Series II driveaway pricing offers for April 2015:






1.8 MPi Petrol

6 Speed Manual




6 Speed Auto




1.6 CRDi Diesel

6 Speed Manual




7 Speed DCT




Manufacturer’s List Price






SR Premium


1.8 MPi Petrol

6 Speed Manual






6 Speed Auto






2.0 GDi Petrol

6 Speed Manual






6 Speed Auto






1.6 CRDi Diesel

6 Speed Manual






7 Speed DCT






All prices are Manufacturer’s List Price. Price excludes dealer delivery and on road costs.

Metallic paint pricing is $495