EFTM Best Small Car 2017: Hyundai i30

The third-generation Hyundai i30 hit our shores this year, with three engine choices, 5 variants and plenty of tech. At the local launch we quickly discovered the new i30 sports great looks and an interior that not just rivals but beats many competitors.

The range features plenty of choice spread across the Active, Elite, Premium, SR and SR Premium models. There’s diesel and petrol models on offer and even a genuine big gun. The i30 SR scores a 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo petrol engine with a seven-speed DCT or six-speed manual.

Standard kit includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, satellite navigation with speed zone recognition, DAB+ radio and wireless charging for compatible phones.

The SR alone is worthy of an award, but with the i30 range kicking off from just $20,990 it was an easy choice to award the entire Hyundai i30 line up the EFTM Best Small Car for 2017.

Chris is EFTM’s Motoring Editor, driving everything from your entry level hatch to the latest Luxury cars through to the Rolls Royce.

He has been in the media for 20 years, produced three Olympic games broadcasts, attending Beijing 2008 & London 2012.

Strangely he owns a Toyota Camry Hybrid, he defiantly rejects the knockers.

Chris is married to Gillian and resides in Sydney’s North West. They have Sam the English Springer Spaniel and Felix the Burmese cat to keep them company, and recently welcomed baby Henry to the family.

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