Hyundai i30, v-like

Published on August 5th, 2009

Hyundai Sime Darby have launched the Hyundai i30 in Malaysia to try and grab a fair share of the competitive C-segment. Penned by the Hyundai’s European center, the i30 sits on the same platform as the European-exclusive Kia cee’d and Kia Forte. The i30 certainly reflects some Euro lines with a rear end that seems to have been molded out of rejected BMW 1-Series five-door hatchback moulds.

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A total of three variants will be offered locally with plenty to rejoice for the enthusiastic driver in you as Hyundai Sime Darby has bucked the trend and introduced a manual version of the 1.6-litre version here that will set you back a cool RM92,388.00.

If you desire your 1.6-litre i30 to switch cogs for you it will cost you RM97,888.00 while the premium 2.0-litre i30 costs a staggering RM112,888.00.

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Maximum power for the 1.6-litre reads at [email protected],200rpm with a healthy [email protected],200rpm of torque. The larger 2.0-litre engine squeezes out [email protected],000rpm and [email protected],600rpm of torque.

Unfortunately, the 2.0-litre engine in the premium model isn’t the GEMA engine found in the Sonata so don’t be expecting stellar fuel consumption figures like the rest of the GEMA range.

Differentiating the 1.6-litre manual apart from its slushbox brethren are 15-inch wheels on the former while the latter sits on 16-inch wheels. For all that extra that the 2.0-litre commands, you do get 17-inch wheels for a sportier stance that would just as well complement the reasonable handling from the MacPherson struts up front and the multilink setup at the aft.

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All models get two SRS airbags as standard together with ABS brakes while the 2.0-litre even comes with ESP stability control. All these safety feature will most certainly put owners hearts at ease, just like the 5 year or 300,000km warranty that now comes standard with all Hyundai vehicles.

The i30 will be in showrooms from August onwards and for those of you thinking of driving home one, you would be glad to know that Hyundai are offering 1.99% loans for five year tenures that also apply to the rest of the Hyundai range except the Grand Starex bus.

text: Dinesh Appavu  pix: Hyundai

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