2016 Hyundai i30 Active v 2017 Kia Cerato S Comparison

Until only recently, the 2016 Hyundai i30 was the biggest-selling car in Australia. But, after a wind-down on strong deals, the i30 has fallen back beyond Toyota’s Corolla to sit in second place year-to-date.

That only serves to prove the landscape can change in a ‘motoring moment,’ between the time I write this and you read it, for example. Or, in the case of comparing Hyundai’s sales juggernaut against the 2017 Kia Cerato, the goalposts have shifted between testing cars and writing up this comparison.

Why? See, we pitted the base i30 Active Auto against the entry-level Cerato S Hatch Auto back in June. At the time, you could drive away from showroom floors of either automatic-equipped Kia or Hyundai for a tenner under twenty grand with nothing more to pay up front. Yes, red-hot value pitches in a massively popular segment, and it was a clean head-to-head shootout at the price-savvy $19,990 corral.

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