Week 6: Long-term Hyundai i30SR
Having to fill the SR up with fuel more than once a week is getting a bit wearing, says Tony Bosworth, who also returns to the issue of the weak headlights.
Car Hyundai i30SR
Date bought November 18, 2013
Price paid $28,000 driveaway
Extras Phantom Black paint – $495
Delivery kilometres 38
Current kilometres 8650
Fuel consumption (mix of E10 and 91 octane, depending on availability), L/100km: best: 6.5, worst: 6.7, average: 6.7
Service costs Nil
Apologies for the gap in reporting – life sometimes has a habit of getting in the way of a weekly report, unfortunately.
Anyway, here we are with over 8000km on the clock now and the Hyundai i30 SR is still performing well.
But…what I’m finding on my weekly commute is that I can’t go a whole week without filling the fuel tank, which is a bit annoying. Before the Hyundai I was covering the same trip for years in a Peugeot 206 XT and that could easily go the whole week without a top up, often travelling into the weekends too.
You may say, what’s the big deal, but my daily journey involves sitting in traffic queues on Sydney’s motorways so taking time out to fill the tank can mean I’m in an even longer queue when I get back on the road. And yes, I could fill it up at night, but you know what, I want to get home after a gruelling day on the congested roads around Sydney.
The SR’s tank capacity is 50 litres (the SE’s is 53 – go figure) and the Peugeot’s is, yes, exactly the same. So, I’m wondering about the fuel consumption figures and intend to do some old-fashioned tests on that by brimming the tank and measuring it properly, rather than relying on the on-board computer.
Okay, the Peugeot has a 1.6-litre engine against the SR’s 2.0-litre but the Pug is 14 years old and has a five-speed gearbox and a quarter of a million kilometres on the clock. The SR is new and has a – supposedly – more economical six-speeder. I still have the Peugeot so I’ll do back-to-back fuel tests on that too, and we’ll see what we come up with, but clearly the SR is using quite a lot more fuel than the aged Peugeot ever was.
I mentioned in a previous report about how poor the lights are. One reader came back and said he’d had the same issue and found that if you put the driving lights on (called foglights everywhere else in the world) then it solved the problem. As he pointed out though, it is illegal to drive with those driving lights on (in most Australian states) except in very adverse conditions, which means fog.
Honestly, Hyundai should look at those lights.
Okay, next week I’ll give you an update on the fuel situation.