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  • High-quality interior
  • Lots of standard kit
  • The infotainment system


  • Still no AEB on the i30 Active
  • Thirsty engine
  • Headroom at the back could be better



While the new i30 definitely looks somehow restrained, it’s still a very clever looking car.

The front kind of reminds me of the Mazda 3, while the rear is very Golf-ish.

Anyway, both the Mazda 3 and the Volkswagen Golf should be worried about Hyundai i30’s value proposition. The i30 Active is very affordable, comes with heaps of standard equipment and it offers a very premium feel inside its cabin.

So, without further ado – let’s see just how good (or not) the Hyundai i30 Active really is!


You might be deceived by the looks of this small hatch. I mean, it has to be frail and vulnerable, right? Just look at how small and fragile it looks!

Not really. This fellow scores 5/5 according to the tests conducted by ANCAP Safety. Dual frontal, side, head and knee airbags mean that you and whoever rides with you, should feel absolutely secure inside the smart South Korean.


Now, this is where the i30 begins to pick up momentum. Even if the entry-level Mazda 3 Neo is around $500 cheaper than the i30 Active, this doesn’t mean that Hyundai’s car doesn’t have a trick or two up its sleeve!

The Hyundai i30 Active starts at $20,950 for the 2.0L petrol 6-speed manual, while the six-speed seq auto gearbox adds $2,300 to make it $23,250.

And you can get the i30 Active 1.6CRDi diesel engine for $23,450 with a six-speed manual, while the automatic gearbox is a seven-speed one and it climbs up to $26,350 for the most expensive version.


Features, features, features. We crave them, we want our cars to be brimming with all kinds of equipment, and above all – it has to be standard!

Seems like Hyundai has answered our call. Come on, don’t be shy, have a look at what this thing has to offer as standard:

  • 8.0-inch display with touchscreen
  • Infotainment system with Sat Nav
  • Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Rear-view camera with dynamic guidelines
  • Rear parking sensors
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Cruise control
  • Auto headlights
  • Hill-start assist
  • Tyre pressure monitoring
  • 16-inch alloys

A similarly priced Mazda 3 Neo doesn’t have Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, while the more upmarket VW Golf (in the $26,490 trim level) doesn’t have Sat Nav as part of the basic equipment. Talk about value for money!

Pros and cons

But, like all cars, the Hyundai i30 Active has some flaws. Let’s kick off with the things we like about this car:

  • High-quality interior
  • Lots of standard kit
  • The infotainment system

Off to the more unpleasant side of the i30 now:

  • Still no AEB on the i30 Active (even as an option)
  • Thirsty engine
  • Headroom at the back could be better


While many Aussies go for the Toyota Corolla by default simply because of how well-built, reliable and successful the Japanese car has been, no one should overlook the Hyundai i30 Active.

Sure, rivals such as the VW Golf might offer more prestige, while the Mazda 3 takes the prize for pure sexiness, the small i30 tries to fit somewhere in between.

With truckloads of standard kit and superb safety features, the i30 Active has “value for money” written all over it!


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