2012 Hyundai i30 SX Review

The Hyundai i30 SX is the Korean manufacturer’s latest offering in what is gradually becoming a tougher and tougher small car market. The i30 SX aims to strike a chord among Australian buyers, trying to persuade them to turn away from bigger cars in favour of smaller, more efficient runners.

The SX is one of three i30s hatchbacks currently available, the other two being the SLX and range topping SR. Three i30 wagons are also available; the SX, SLX and Sportswagon.

All the models in the i30 range come with a choice of three 4-cylinder engines. The first is the 1.6 litre petrol engine, which gives 89kW of power and 153Nm of torque. The 2.0 litre gives 105kW of power and 185Nm of torque.  The 1.6 litre Common Direct Rail Injection (CDRI) gives 85kW of power and 235Nm of torque.

The two petrol engines come with a choice of a 5-speed manual transmission, or a 4-speed automatic, while the manual of option for the 1.6 litre CDRI is a six-speed shift.

The Hyundai claims to have fairly high levels of efficiency. The fuel consumption rate of the1.6 litre petrol engine stands at 6.5 litres per 100 kilometres with the manual shift, and 6.9 with the automatic. The 2.0 litre burns 7.2L/100km with the manual, and 7.6L with the automatic. The diesel powered 1.6 CDRI engine is the most efficient of the bunch, at just 4.5L/100km with the manual and 5.7L/100km with the automatic.

The environmentally conscious may be interested to note that the 1.6 litre CRDI is the greenest engine out of the three in terms of emissions, giving off just 119 grams per kilometre in CO2 emissions with the manual and 150 with the automatic, compared to 155 (manual) and 165 (automatic) with the 1.6 litre petrol engine.

Standard safety features included on the i30 include front, side and rear airbags in the event of impact, as well as active safety devices such as Anti-Lock brakes (ABS) and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD) designed to stop the brakes from locking, and Electronic Stability Control (ESC) and Traction Control designed to keep grip levels up and prevent sliding.

The car has a 5 star rating from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP).

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Some other variables that can affect premiums include demographics including age, gender, and geography. For example some insurers might consider young males to be more likely to be involved in incidents that result in a claim and those living in areas with a high rate of claims could be considered more of a risk.

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