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Hyundai i30 Active X

by Barry Green,reviewed November 2015

Hyundai’s popular, small five-door hatch, the i30, has undergone a mid-life styling and equipment upgrade.
Gone is the Elite, with the ActiveX instated as the new mid-grade level in a 13 variant line-up. There is a choice of petrol and diesel engines and manual and auto transmissions in each of four models except the Premium, which is diesel/auto only. 

Unfortunately, both the 1.8 and 2.0-litre petrol engines have taken a slight power and torque cut as a trade-off to Euro V emissions compliancy. The 1.8-litre unit in our ActiveX test car loses 3kW (now 107kW) and 3Nm (now 175Nm), though we suspect performance would still meet the expectations of most buyers in this segment. Ditto the ride and handling competency, which Hyundai continues to fine tune under Australian conditions. 

Everyday usability has been enhanced by the addition of a five-inch colour touchscreen display which, in a sign of the times, no longer features a CD player but streams audio over an internet-connected smartphone via the Pandora music app. It also displays video feed from the rear view camera.

Other standard equipment includes air conditioning, 16-inch alloys; full-size spare; rear park sensors; central locking; keyless entry with alarm; Bluetooth phone and audio streaming; steering wheel-mounted audio controls; powered/folding/heated side mirrors; leather-appointed seats; cooled glovebox; rear heating ducts. 

The interior is comfortable and roomy and cargo capacity of 378 litres expands to 1316 litres with the rear seats folded.


More equipment, safety, practicality.


Slightly less power and torque outputs.

Car Details

Vehicle make Hyundai
Vehicle model i30 Active X
Year 2015
Current price range $24390 - $
ANCAP crash rating
5 out of 5 stars

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Service intervals 1 year/15,000km
Warranty 5 year/unlimited km
Engine 1.8-litre, DOHC multi-point injection petrol 4-cyl.
Max power 107kW
Max torque 175Nm
Driving wheels FWD
Fuel type 91 RON
Economy ADR 7.3 litres/100km
Emissions rating
4 out of 5 stars

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This review is based on road testing conducted by The Road Ahead. Further vehicle reviews, in-depth comparisons and coverage of consumer motoring issues can be found in the Club's magazine. Prices listed were current at the time of review and are manufacturers list prices and do not include statutory and delivery charges. Prices can vary from time to time and dealer to dealer.