Better than the Corolla in many ways and proof that the Koreans now do better Japanese cars than most Japanese makers. "It's a typical Hyundai. They get better every time a new one comes out of the box," Craig Duff said at the COTY judging
If you like the current i30 you're going to love the new one. It does everything the old one does and more, with a quality, big car feel and more lavish interior.
The new i30 is the first of Hyundai's new genre to move to a second generation and just like the first i30 the newcomer is a standout.
It looks fresh and attractive, with the same flowing lines as the Elantra sedan, and a stylish new interior that is a huge step forward from its functional but rather plain predecessor.
The i30 is Hyundai's biggest selling car and it competes in the mostly fiercely contested segment of the market. The restyled body brings it into line with the "fluidic'' design that characterises Hyundai's other offerings.
The front is sharper and more aggressive with a dominant hexagonal radiator grille, and those huge taillights have gone from the rear, replaced by a more contemporary horizontal design.
Hyundai i30 Active petrol auto
Price: from $20,990
Engine: 1.8-litre 16-valve variable-valve DOHC four-cylinder
Transmission: six-speed automatic, front wheel drive
Power: 110kW @ 6500rpm
Torque: 178Nm @ 4700rpm
Fuel use/emissions: 6.5 l/100km, tank 53 litres; 156g/km
Brakes/safety systems: Driver and front passenger airbags, front seat side, driver’s knee, curtain airbags, stability control (Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), Traction Control), rear parking sensors
Dimensions: Length 4300mm, width 1780mm, height 1470mm, wheelbase 2650mm, cargo volume 378 litres, weight 1240kg
Wheels/tyres: 16in steel wheels