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2021 Hyundai i30 hatch pricing and specs detailed: Cost of entry for Mazda 3 and Toyota Corolla rival goes up by thousands with facelift

Following its midlife facelift, the i30 costs quite a bit more than before.

The facelifted version of the third-generation i30 small hatchback is set to officially go on sale in Australia imminently, and now Hyundai has released pricing for the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla rival on its website. Spoiler alert: it’s a lot more expensive than its predecessor.

As reported, the hatch is now offered in five grades: i30, i30 Active, i30 Elite, i30 N Line and i30 N Line Premium. Compared to the pre-facelift range, the i30 Go has been replaced by the i30, while the i30 Premium has been discontinued.

The hatch is no longer available with a 100kW/300Nm 1.6-litre turbo-diesel four-cylinder engine, with it now only offered with carryover 120kW/203Nm 2.0-litre naturally aspirated petrol (i30, i30 Active and i30 Elite) and 150kW/265Nm 1.6-litre turbo-petrol (i30 N Line and i30 N Line Premium) units.

The former is matched to a six-speed manual or a six-speed torque-converter automatic, depending on the grade, while the latter is mated to a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-dry-clutch automatic.

That said, the manual i30 is priced from $23,420 plus on-road costs, making it $2980 dearer than its Go forebear. Opt for the automatic version and the price climbs to $25,420 (+$2650).

The i30 N Line and i30 N Line Premium’s new front fascia is actually their old one. The i30 N Line and i30 N Line Premium’s new front fascia is actually their old one.

The i30 Active is no longer available in manual form, with its automatic guise now up $3040, to $26,920, while the i30 Elite remains automatic-only, with its pricing increasing by $1900, to $30,220.

The manual i30 N Line has jumped $2410, to $29,420, while its automatic variant is now $1380 dearer, at $31,420.

A manual i30 N Line Premium is on offer for the first time, checking in from $34,220, while its automatic counterpart returns, now priced from $36,220 (+$630).

While most of the hatch line-up’s price rises are significant, buyers are compensated with a longer list of standard equipment, with improved safety and technology ushered in as part of its facelift. Yep, the basic Hyundai SmartSense Safety Pack is now fitted to the i30 (new for manual) and i30 Active to match the rest of the range.

Standard equipment in the i30 includes dusk-sensing lights, 16-inch alloy wheels with a full-size spare (new), auto-folding side mirrors with heating (new), an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, Bluetooth connectivity, a six-speaker sound system, a 7.0-inch multifunction display (new), a leather-appointed steering wheel (new) and gear selector, and black cloth upholstery.

Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection (new), lane-keep and steering assist (new), adaptive cruise control with stop and go functionality (new for automatic), high-beam assist, driver attention warning (new), hill-start assist, tyre pressure monitoring, a reversing camera and rear parking sensors (new).

The i30 Active adds 17-inch alloy wheels (new), Satin Chrome exterior trim and black leather-appointed upholstery (new).

Meanwhile, the i30 Elite further picks up rain-sensing wipers, LED puddle lights, keyless entry and start, a 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system (new), satellite navigation with live traffic, digital radio, a seven-speaker Infinity sound system, a wireless smartphone charger, dual-zone climate control, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and safe exit warning (new).

The i30 N Line features multi-link rear suspension, a sports body kit, LED headlights (new), 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres and a space-saver spare, larger front brake discs, LED tail-lights, a sports steering wheel with paddle-shifters (automatic only), front sports seats, sports pedals and a black headliner.

Justifying its flagship positioning, the i30 N Line Premium also gets a panoramic sunroof, heated and cooled front seats, a 10-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rearview mirror and front parking sensors. For $1720.36, it can be upgraded with Satin Black 18-inch Suwon alloy wheels and gloss-black door decals.

Of note, the i30 N Line continues to go without the seven-speaker Infinity sound system of the i30 Elite and i30 N Line Premium, while satellite navigation with live traffic is now also exclusive to the pair alongside the new 10.25-inch touchscreen multimedia system, having previously been fitted to the i30 Active, i30 Elite and i30 N Line. Blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert and the new safe exit warning are only found in the i30 Elite.

Six paintworks options (Polar White, Fluid Metal, Amazon Gray, Phantom Black, Intense Blue and Fiery Red) are available range-wide, with all but the former costing $495 extra. Another premium colour, Lava Orange, is exclusive to the i30 N Line and i30 N Line Premium.

Interestingly, Australia’s Korean-sourced version of the hatch looks different to that of Europe’s Czech-sourced model, with the i30, i30 Active and i30 Elite getting bespoke inserts for the halogen headlights as well as new-generation Tucson-style LED daytime running lights in the front bumper.

Even more curious is the i30 N Line and i30 N Line Premium’s new front fascia, which is actually their old one… Yep, Australia doesn’t get the sharp redesign from Europe.

For reference, the new-generation i30 sedan (aka Elantra) will also enter showrooms in the coming weeks, while the facelifted i30 N will go on sale in Australia in the first half of next year, with hatch and Fastback sedan body-styles to be available once more.

2021 Hyundai i30 hatch pricing before on-road costs

VariantTransmissionCost
i30manual$23,420 (+$2980)
i30automatic$25,420 (+$2650)
i30 Activeautomatic$26,920 (+$3040)
i30 Eliteautomatic$30,220 (+$1900)
i30 N Linemanual$29,420 (+$2410)
i30 N Lineautomatic$31,420 (+$1380)
i30 N Line Premiummanual$34,220 (NEW)
i30 N Line Premiumautomatic$36,220 (+$630)