Hyundai Australia has announced pricing and specifications for its updated 2019 i30 range, which sees the introduction of a new N Line variant to replace the outgoing SR models.
Drawing inspiration from the range-topping i30 N and hinted at by the Euro-spec N Line variant released earlier in the year, the N Line offers similar looks and interior specifications to the hottest i30 variant but goes without the flagship drivetrain.
Instead, the N Line will assume the place of the i30 SR and SR Premium variants while offering the same engine and transmission options as the outgoing models, meaning you’ll find a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder under the bonnet producing a solid 150kW and 265Nm.
Both a six-speed manual and seven-speed dual-clutch automatic are available in the N Line, while the N Line Premium is DCT-only. It should be noted that the manual does, disappointingly, miss out on autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and lane-keep assist, although all are standard on auto-equipped examples.
On the outside, it’s a mix of SR and N model styling, with more aggressive front and rear bumpers and 18-inch wheels similar to those on the N, while details like the SR’s large dual exhausts remain. Additionally, there’s some N Line badging tacked on the outside, while the new alloys now come clad in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres.
Inside, there are some changes from the SR as well, with different N-branded bucket seats with carbon-look trim, and a sports steering wheel and shift knob, in addition to carryover features like red seatbelts, a black headliner, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and push-button start, and wireless phone charging.
Additionally, the N Line Premium gains some kit from the outgoing SR Premium, including a standard panoramic sunroof, heated and ventilated front seats, a seven-speaker Infinity audio system, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, LED headlights, and Hyundai Auto Link Premium – which allows you to access the car’s on-board computer and remotely lock the doors and turn on the air conditioning.
As for the rest of the i30 range, Premium variants now receive Auto Link Premium as standard, while Go, Active, and Elite variants lose rear fog-lights.
Across the range, premium paint remains a $495 option, while other extra-cost options include a beige interior for Elite and Premium versions, a panoramic sunroof for Elite and N Line variants, and the SmartSense safety suite for Go and Active models.
2019 Hyundai i30 pricing
|N Line Premium||–||–||–||–||–||$34,990||–|
|Beige interior (Elite, Premium)||$295|
|SmartSense safety pack (Go, Active)||$1,750|
|Panoramic sunroof (Elite, N Line, N)||$2,000|
|Luxury pack (N)||$3,000|