The stylish three-door hatch -- built in the Czech Republic -- drops the entry level of the i30 range with the six-speed manual version at $19,990 and the six-speed automatic at $22,190 – both driveaway prices. There’s no word yet from Hyundai on how long the driveaway pricing will continue, and it’s possible they’ve applied it as a launch offer for the three-door Special Edition.
Under the bonnet of both versions you’ll find a 1.6-litre direct-injected petrol engine, delivering 98kW of power and 163Nm of torque to the 16-inch alloy front wheels.
Hyundai claims official fuel economy of 6.3 litres per 100 kilometres for the manual, and 6.9L/100km for the auto. An eco mode on the auto smooths the throttle response for more efficient fuel use.
The European-influenced design of the i30 SE follows that of the five-door hatch, but with faster-rising beltlines adding a more dynamic look, and longer side doors for easy access to the second row. And it loses no cargo space to the five-door, offering the same 378 litres with the seats up, and 1316 with them folded down.
Standard equipment includes LED daytime running light accents around the front foglights, cruise control, chilled glove box, 5-inch touchscreen, remote controls on the steering wheel, Bluetooth phone and audio connection, USB and media ports.
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