Sporty new Hyundai i30 SR priced from $27,990

The new Hyundai i30 SR.
The new Hyundai i30 SR.

HYUNDAI has upped the sports ante with its new i30 SR.

Previewed at last year's Sydney motor show and launched today starting from $27,990 (manual), the SR derivative of the groovy little hatch has a four-cylinder 2.0-litre engine along with a firmed suspension tune developed locally for Australian conditions.

But the new offering won't be setting boy-racer hearts aflutter.

That four-potter produces 129kW and 209Nm, which is 19kW and 31Nm more than the 1.8-litre which previously was the most powerful petrol engine in the i30 range.

It's available mated to either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual mode.

The same powerplant configuration is available in the Kia Cerato Hatch which starts from $23,990 in Si specification.


The i30 SR's 0-100kmh sprint time of 7.7 seconds is brisk with a manual box (the auto is nearly one second slower), while 0-400m takes the i30 SR 15.6sec.

Hyundai says these times are 1.4 seconds and 0.7sec faster respectively than a standard 1.8-litre i30 Elite manual.

Average fuel economy for the i30 SR manual is 7.2L/100km, while the self shifter is 7.5L/100km.


Standard equipment includes 17-inch machined-face alloys, sports front grille with piano-black insert, a rear diffuser, HID Xenon headlights, LED rear combination lights and unique SR badges.

A panoramic glass sunroof is a $2000 option.

Inside, the i30 SR gets alloy-faced pedals, leather/leatherette upholstery, powered driver's seat and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror.

"The i30 SR incorporates performance and styling improvements to deliver a truly exciting driving experience," Hyundai Australia's John Elsworth said.

"Like the Veloster SR Turbo, which also has a locally developed suspension tune, the i30 SR is a clear representation of Hyundai Motor Company's willingness to embrace Australian product initiatives."





i30 SR



i30 SR with sunroof



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