Now that we’re past the point of your mind being blown, here’s the price for the i30 Active sedan - it’s $24,790 (MSRP) for the six-speed manual version that hardly anyone will buy, while the automatic model tested here is $26,790 (MSRP - that’s the price before on-road costs, not a drive-away price).
Even at this attractive starting price point, the Active model comes handsomely equipped with standard features, including black leather seat trim, wireless smartphone charging, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with USB connect and wireless Apple CarPlay and (and USB-connect Android Auto), a six-speaker sound system, Bluetooth phone and audio streaming, an electronic park brake, heated power adjustable side mirrors, a 4.2-inch driver info screen and manual air-conditioning.
It has a standard reversing camera, rear parking sensors, and it runs halogen headlights with LED daytime running lights (the headlights are auto dusk sensing, too), and rides on 17-inch alloy wheels with a full size alloy spare. But weirdly, the boot on this spec of i30 sedan doesn’t have a remote release button - like, there’s no button on the boot, and you can’t kick under the tailgate to auto open it.
There are some other desirable items missing, as you’d expect for a sub-$30k model. There’s no keyless entry or push-button start, no front parking sensors, and the next spec up scores a bigger 10.25-inch media screen and a Bose eight-speaker stereo, and a 10.25-inch digital dashboard.
In short, if you want a nicer i30 sedan, the step up to the Elite (at $30,790) seems easily justified.
And while the i30 Active has a pretty decent safety kit bag, again, you get a better gear list if you choose the Elite. More on that in the safety section below.