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Hyundai just doesn't seem able to put a foot wrong these days.

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

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  • I have a i30 gd active manual 1.8 petrol and offers great value for money in the base form averaging 6.9 litres per 100 city driving. Having owned toyota's previously there is no comparison between a Hyundai and Toyota. The Hyundai is the better vehicle offering more standard equipment and better build quality.

    D Tucker of Peakhurst NSW Posted on 16 January 2013 12:58pm
  • The criteria for cars guide is somewhat flawed, if these cars were compared against non 2012 cars, I know the i30/Corolla would not be in the finals.

    David Watson of Sydney Posted on 19 December 2012 3:25pm
  • I love the i30 now so can't wait to see the new one. I have been looking for a car for a little while now but hadn't come across one until I saw the i30. It ticked all the boxes for me. I love it.

    Debbera Lorraine Darbyshire of Craigieburn, Vic, 3064 Posted on 17 December 2012 4:52am
  • Why have you listed the AUTOMATIC i30 at the manual price,it should be $2000 more.This makes the Corolla auto,correctly listed,look like its $1000 more when its actually $1000 cheaper.I will say I agree with the verdict that the i30 is better if only because of the 6sp traditional auto,where the Corolla has a CVT,and they sound terrible.Although Toyota has a good reliability record,CVT's don't.It would be interesting to see base models of both,with manual trans,to see if the order would be reversed as so many people dislike CVT's and is the i30 worth the extra $1000 ?

    Andrew Willis of Brisbane Posted on 15 December 2012 12:51pm
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