Premium deals likely as upgrade nears

Premium deals likely as upgrade nears

AUSTRALIANS love the Hyundai i30. is third-generation launched back in 2016 and will undergo a facelift, those nipped-and- tucked models due here later this year.

And that means dealers just might be willing to negotiate on price on current stock.

The 2020 Hyundai i30 Premium here is priced at $33,370 plus on-road costs pitting it squarely against upper-range rivals like the Toyota Corolla ZR ($32,695), Corolla ZR Hybrid ($34.695), and Volkswagen Golf 110TSI Highline ($36,490).

Circa-$33K also buys a lot of Mazda 3 (G25 GT, $34,090), a mildly warm Kia Cerato (GT Turbo, $33,490), and the new mid-spec Skoda Scala (Monte Carlo, $33,390).

A competitive arena, then, for Hyundai's full-of-fruit i30 Premium to play in. How much fruit? Let's find out.

The Premium badge suggests this incarnation of the i30 is loaded. And it is.

The only options are premium paint ($495 for a choice of six colours, including the Intense Blue of our test car) and $295 for a beige interior.

Standards are 17-inch alloys, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, LED daytime running lights, adaptive cruise control, rain-sensing wipers, an 8.0-inch touchscreen running Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, leather seats, wireless phone charging, and a panoramic sunroof.

Slide inside the i30 Premium and you're greeted by a well-resolved cabin that gives credibility to the 'premium' in its model designation with an overall feeling of a nicely appointed car.

The driver's seat is electrically adjustable, with lumbar support, while both front seats are heated and cooled. They're comfortable pews, too, with decent support and bolster, and working in tandem with the tilt-and- reach adjustable steering, finding your ideal driving position is a cinch.

The touchscreen sprouts from the dashtop and runs Hyundai's proprietary sat-nav with SUNA live tra c updates, and AM/FM/ DAB+ radio through a premium sev- en-speaker In nity sound system that o ers crisp, clear audio. ere's also Bluetooth connectivity complementing smartphone mirroring for both Apple and Android.

The whole system is looking a little dated but it all works well, is simple, and easy to use.

Drive modes - ECO, Comfort and Sport - alter engine and transmission characteristics, although are not transformative enough to make a huge difference. Leave it in Comfort is our tip.

Steering feel is nice and direct, and on the light side - ideal for running about town and makes for an easy parking experience. Front and rear sensors help, too.

On the road, the i30 Premium continues to highlight Hyundai's commitment to local suspension tuning. With MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam set-up at the rear.

Small blemishes disappear without a trace, while larger bumps are negotiated with minimal backlash inside the cabin, the hatchback settling quickly after a speed hump or larger hits.