Hyundai i30 Active

Small cars are now Australia’s most popular, outselling most other segments by more than two to one. And the winner again this year is Hyundai’s base model i30 Active.

The i30 has proven to be a solid, value-for-money package that has the right ingredients to satisfy the majority of small car buyers. Its competitive insurance and maintenance costs are well supported by a low starting price, generous five-year/unlimited km warranty and a broad dealer network.

The i30 is particularly easy to drive and live with on a daily basis and Hyundai’s growing reputation for a high standard of build and finish is evident throughout the car.

Supportive front seats with a good range of adjustment, and height and reach for the steering column, mean most people will find a comfortable driving position. In keeping with the car’s size, rear head and leg room is adequate, rather than abundant.

Its on-road ability is not class-leading, but has been tailored to suit the requirements of everyday driving. The 1.8-litre petrol engine produces a useful 110kW of power and 178Nm of torque. It is an engine that likes to rev and the six-speed auto is set up accordingly, so the i30 is rarely found wanting. Fuel economy is 7.1 litres/100km (combined ADR average).

Australia's Best Cars Best Small Car under $35,000 Hyundai i30 Active

Indicative Drive Away Price: $26,404

Criteria out of 10 – Hyundai i30 Active

Value for Money   Rating 
Pricing  7C
Depreciation  8M
Running Costs  9H
Fuel Consumption  7C
Warranty and dealer access   9H
Insurance  7L
Standard Features  5M

Design and Function   Rating 
Safety  7C
Environment  9C
Comfort  8M
Space  8L
Practicality  8M
Ergonomics  7M
Build and Finish  8H

On the Road   Rating 
Performance  7M
Ride  8M
Handling  7M
Braking  8H
Smoothness and Quietness   7L

Note: Level of weighting importance for each score: L = Low, M = Medium, H = High, C = Critical.