The great sales success of the Veloster 3-door coupe has encouraged the Hyundai Australia to release the i30 SR hot hatch to the market.
This will be the automaker’s first entry into the ever growing beefed-up small car class, with the heated up version of its popular hatch a great way to start.
Hyundai are aiming to deliver value and dynamics as opposed to outright punch.
The all-new Hyundai i30 SR comes as a 5-door hatchback and starts at just $27,900 for the 5-speed manual (the 6-speed automatic variant is $2,200 more).
A panoramic sunroof is a part of the package, with four different paint colors available for the car exterior.
The price point puts the i30 SR right up against the likes of the re-born Nissan Pulsar SSS, Holden Cruze SRi-V, Mitsubishi Lancer VRX and Kia Cerato SLi hatches.
2,0L GDI Engine, Sport Tuned Suspension
The i30 SR is the first derivative of the i30 family to feature the company’s 2.0L direct-injection GDI four-cylinder engine, which was first seen in the updated Hyundai i40.
Hyundai Australia’s Chief Operating Officer, John Elsworth, said that the new Hyundai i30 SR delivers a truly exciting driving experience. He said that the car has the same locally-developed suspension tune found on the Veloster SR Turbo, which shows how Hyundai are committed to embrace Australian product initiatives.
Hyundai went a little different under the hood, going with the larger naturally-aspirated engine over the 150kW turbo 1.6L found in the Veloster SR.
While the 2.0L GDI unit produces 129kW of power, it matches the smaller force-fed four for pulling power with 209Nm – an increase of 19kW and 31Nm over the 1.8-litre in the i30 Elite.
With revised final drive ratios for both the manual and automatic gearboxes, Hyundai claims the SR will sprint from 0-100km/h in 7.7sec and 8.6sec respectively – a full 1.4sec and 1.0sec quicker than the comparable models.
The suspension has been upgraded to handle the additional power, using locally tuned Sachs dampers and front springs that are 4% stiffer than the standard suspension.
i30 SR Exterior, Interior Styling
One the outside, the SR features 17-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlamps, LED tail lamps, blacked-out window surround, a sports grille, rear diffuser and SR badges.
The interior comes with a mixed leather seat trim and a power driver’s seat. It also has alloy pedals and an electrochromatic rear view mirror.
Technology is also well served with the likes of push-button start, a seven-inch media screen with Sat Nav, Bluetooth and six-speaker audio, dual-zone climate control, reversing camera, cruise control and dual-zone air conditioning also featured.