2015 Hyundai i30 SR Review

Matt Calvitto road tests and reviews the 2015 Hyundai i30 SR.

2015 Hyundai i30 SR Review.

It’s one of the best-selling new cars in Australia and now Hyundai offers a somewhat sporty version of the Hyundai i30 – the i30 SR.

Available in two grades, SR and SR Premium, I had a week checking out the 2015 Hyundai i30 SR with a six-speed automatic transmission.

Priced from $25,590 for the i30 SR manual and $27,890 auto, standard equipment includes dual-zone climate control, sat-nav, reverse camera, rear parking sensors, push button start, 17” alloys, sports pedals and sports inspired cloth trim.

While to distinguish it from other Hyundai i30 models on the road the SR comes with 17” alloy wheels and a subtle little diffuser on the rump.

2015 Hyundai i30 SR Review.

Step up to the i30 SR Premium and you can expect luxuries such as leather trim, xenon headlamps and a panoramic roof. Prices here start from $30,590.

One engine is available for all Hyundai i30 SR models: a 2.0 litre petrol unit that develops 124kW and 201Nm. The motor is perky and happy to rev, though it is a bit noisy and unrefined under brisk acceleration.

The six-speed automatic shifts smoothly and generally efficiently, although I felt it held gears for a little too long at times.

Combined fuel consumption during the test week was around 8.7 litres, noticeably more than Hyundai’s official combined figure of 7.7 litres per 100 kilometres.

2015 Hyundai i30 SR Review.

The Hyundai i30 SR is much like the other members of the i30 family when it comes to road manners - it’s stable, predictable and generally likeable. Tweaked by local Hyundai engineers to best suit Australian conditions, the end result is a vehicle that tackles Aussie tarmac with aplomb.

However, it misses out on the razor sharp reflexes and driver engagement of sports hatchbacks such as the Suzuki Swift, or the fun factor of the Hyundai Veloster.

Drivers can also choose from three steering settings: Normal, Comfort and Sport. As per many electric steering systems, we recommend Normal as it seems to be the best compromise of the three settings.

When it comes to parking, the reversing camera fitted to the Hyundai i30 SR is excellent. Large, clear images are projected onto that 7” screen are clear in all light conditions and the guidance lines take most of the pain out of parallel and reverse parking.

2015 Hyundai i30 SR Review.

Around the 2015 Hyundai i30 SR cabin you will find plenty of space up front and great visibility, accommodation for rear passengers, like all i30 models, is impressive and the backseat itself is remarkably comfortable, offering generous padding and under thigh support. Boot space is rated at 378 litres.

Front passengers are treated to commodious space all around, and visibility is unobstructed all round.

The aforementioned sports pedals and sports inspired cloth trim are pointers to a sporty model, unfortunately the rest of the cabin is pretty much standard Hyundai i30 and that is a letdown.

The Hyundai i30 SR comes with a full five-star ANCAP safety rating and a five year warranty.

Summing it up; the 2015 Hyundai i30 SR isn’t so much a sports car, rather a value focussed variant of the i30 with some (minor) athletic aspirations. Good on road manners and a roomy cabin are the highlights here.

NUTS and BOLTS – 2015 Hyundai i30 SR

Engine: 2.0 litre petrol producing 124kW and 201Nm

Transmission: Six-speed manual or six-speed automatic

Safety: Five stars

Warranty: Five years

Origin: South Korea

Price: from $25,590

Matt Calvitto is the founder of automotive website – themotoringguru.com

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