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Hyundai i30 Active 2018 review: snapshot

The most popular i30 is the Active.

The most popular i30 is the Active, starting at $20,950 for the petrol manual and stretching to $25,950 for the DCT diesel.

Standard are 16-inch alloy wheels, air-conditioning, reversing camera, cloth trim, remote central locking, cruise control,  auto headlights, power windows front and rear, heated powered door mirrors (auto only), rear parking sensors, LED daytime running lights, sat nav, and a full-size alloy spare.

The six-speaker sound system has AM/FM/DAB radio, Bluetooth and USB and is controlled via a dash-mounted 8.0-inch touchscreen. iPhone and Android users will be pleased to know all i30s have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

The Active is available with two engines, the 120kW/203Nm in manual or auto and the 100kW/280Nm for the 1.6-litre diesel manual and 300Nm in the seven-speed twin clutch auto.

The basic five-star ANCAP safety package amounts to seven airbags, ABS, stability and traction controls, hill-start assist and brake-force distribution. The Smart Sense safety package adds a ton of gear, including forward AEB, forward collision warning, blind-spot detection, lane-change assist, lane-keeping assist, rear cross traffic alert and active cruise. Irritatingly,  the 'Smart Sense' safety package is unavailable in the manuals and AEB really should be standard on all i30s.

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Range and Specs

Active 1.6L, Diesel, 6 SP MAN $14,500 – 20,460 2018 HYUNDAI i30 2018 Active Pricing and Specs
Active 1.6 Crdi 1.6L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $16,400 – 22,770 2018 HYUNDAI i30 2018 Active 1.6 Crdi Pricing and Specs
Active 1.6 Crdi Smartsense 1.6L, Diesel, 7 SP AUTO $17,500 – 24,310 2018 HYUNDAI i30 2018 Active 1.6 Crdi Smartsense Pricing and Specs
Active Smartsense 2.0L, ULP, 6 SP SEQ AUTO $15,100 – 21,230 2018 HYUNDAI i30 2018 Active Smartsense Pricing and Specs
Peter Anderson
Contributing journalist