The least costly i30, the Active, comes with cloth-covered seats, manually controlled air-conditioning, 16-inch wheels, the 2.0-litre petrol engine, a manual gearbox, and the features in any i30.
You can spend more for an auto gearbox, in which case you get a conventional auto with its around-town friendliness. Or you could choose instead an Active diesel, with either a manual gearbox or the DCT auto.
From here you have two possible paths along which to spend more on an i30. You can have a diesel engine and more features, by choosing an i30 Elite or Premium. Or you can have a turbo-petrol engine, a sportier drive and more features, by choosing an i30 SR or SR Premium.
Choose an i30 Elite and the diesel engine and DCT auto gearbox are standard. You get a mix of leather and fake leather on the seats and steering wheel, and smart-key entry (which lets you unlock the car and drive away without handling the key). Dual-zone climate control maintains a set cabin temperature, the driver and front passenger have independent controls, and there are vents for rear passengers. Windscreen wipers operate automatically when it rains. Compatible smartphones can be charged wirelessly from a pad on the centre console. And the wheels are an inch bigger at 17 inches, wrapped in wider tyres with a lower profile (for more dry grip and a sportier look).
The i30 Elite also brings you Hyundai’s SmartSense active safety suite, comprising Smart cruise control, Autonomous emergency braking that works at city and highway speeds, Lane-keeping assistance, a Driver-attention alert, Blind-spot detection, and a Rear cross-traffic alert. (For more on these systems, please open the Safety section below.)
Paying more for an i30 Premium brings you, in addition, heating and ventilation for both front seats, and a power-adjustable seat for the driver. There is a power-opening glass sunroof, and windows are tinted. Headlights use very bright and long-lived LEDs rather than conventional bulbs. And front parking sensors are added to those at the rear.
Choose the sportier route and go for an i30 SR and you get the 1.6-litre turbo-petrol engine, with a manual gearbox as standard. The SR also comes with yet bigger wheelrims, at 18 inches, wrapped in tyres with a lower profile again. It substitutes a more sophisticated, multi-link, rear suspension for the torsion-beam set-up on other i30s. And its seats are more deeply bolstered on each side, so that they hold you in place more securely around corners.
An i30 SR with a manual gearbox costs less than an i30 Elite, and shares most of its features – the key exceptions being the SmartSense active safety suite and the rear air vents.
An i30 SR with the DCT auto gearbox costs about the same as an i30 Elite, and shares just about all of the Elite’s features – including the SmartSense active safety suite.
An i30 SR Premium has the DCT gearbox, costs about the same as an i30 Premium, and shares just about all the i30 Premium’s features, including SmartSense.