Hyundai has introduced the i30 SR in Australia – the five-door hatch model is the first i30 in the world to be equipped with the 2.0 litre Nu GDI engine, as seen on the likes of the i40 Sedan and Tourer. Up to now, the largest displacment petrol engine equipping the second-gen i30 range globally has been the 1.8 litre Nu.
Output figures for the i30 SR are 173 hp and 209 Nm, a jump of 25 hp and 31 Nm over the 1.8 litre MPI unit. The SR is available with either six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission with sequential manual mode. Performance specs include a 0-100 km/h time of 7.7 seconds for the six-speed manual and 8.6 seconds for the six-speed auto.
Standard fitment includes 17-inch machined-face alloys wheels, a sports front grille with piano-black insert, HID xenon headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, a rear diffuser as well as unique SR badging. A panoramic glass sunroof is optional. Inside, kit includes leather/leatherette upholstery, powered driver’s seat, alloy pedals and an electrochromatic rear-view mirror.
The i30 SR also features a unique suspension tune, developed in Australia in close co-operation with Hyundai in Korea. Revisions include re-valved Sachs front/rear dampers and unique front springs that are four percent stiffer than the standard fit unit. The setup is tuned specifically for Australian conditions.