There are five variants for the i30 sedan and our test vehicle is the entry-grade model that will cost you a flat $29,000, before on road costs.
That’s a small price hike from the previous auto version and places it towards the top end of the market, with the Toyota Corolla Ascent Sport only just pulling ahead by $270.
What do you get in the base model? The technology has been upgraded with three USB-C ports, a wireless charging pad that can now accommodate a larger phone and wireless Apple CarPlay.
Other standard equipment includes premium black cloth upholstery, manually adjustable front seats, manual (single-zone) air-conditioning and leather-accented trims scattered throughout the car.
There is an 8.0-inch touchscreen multimedia system, 4.2-inch digital instrument cluster and adjustable gauge displays which are linked to the driving mode.
New LED headlights and daytime running lights round out the updates and the base model also sports 16-inch alloy wheels and a full-sized spare wheel.
The i30 entry-grade is what you expect from a base model. It’s mostly on par with its rivals, however, the Mazda3 sedan Pure grade outshines them all by having built-in satellite navigation, push-button start, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert as standard features.