Going for the big guns

  • Going for the big guns
  • Going for the big guns
Date:30 April 2010 Tags:, ,

Hyundai i30

The Euro theme continues for Hyundai with the launch of its new i30 mid-sized family hatchback. Designed at the company’s German design centre, the i30 positions the brand decisively upmarket. With that in mind, Hyundai South Africa is bringing in a pair of premium-specification models to test the waters. The car’s 2 650 mm wheelbase – said to be longest in class – and compact overall dimensions create a purposeful look with short overhangs. Standard tyres add to the bold image, with 205-section rubber on the 1,6-litre model’s 16-inch wheels, and 225/45x17s on the 2,0 litre.

Both models have a comprehensive luxury spec that includes leather upholstery as standard. The interior design is high on practicality, with a total of 20 storage compartments including a switchable refrigerated glovebox.

The i30 has scored high on safety, with maximum 5-star ratings in New Car Assessment Programme tests. There’s a total of six airbags (front, side and full-length curtain), as well as active head restraints and seatbelt pre-tensioners. Stability control is standard, and the all-disc brakes (ventilated in front) feature ABS and EBD. Peak engine outputs are 89 kW and 153 N.m for the 1,6 and 105 kW and 186 N.m for the 2,0. Other tech features include gas shocks all round and electric power assistance for the steering. Prices: 1,6 R189 900; 2,0 R229 900, both including a 5-year/150 000 km warranty and a 5-year/100 000 km service plan.

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