I have not tested a Hyundai in a while so I thought it was about time I did. The car you see before you is the i30N – a car which in my book is a proper little pocket rocket – and something that ignites the fire in many places that not even I knew I had. To be honest though – I expected the i30N to be a little bland because making a hot hatch is never easy – but boy was I wrong this time – this really is a proper little racer and something you would never expect to find from the likes of Hyundai.
Power and Efficiency:
My test car was fitted with a 2.0-litre petrol engine that has 250PS and 353Nm of torque, and a top speed of around 155mph – which puts it right up there with the likes of the Focus RS and Honda Type R. But is it as fast? Well, a 0-62 time of 6.4 seconds is nothing to be ashamed of – meaning it will easily keep up with the likes of the Ford and the Honda. But, does it feel like a pocket rocket? YES, very much so actually – and the acceleration is savage truth be told. Nail your foot into the floor and you will find that the world goes by at a much quicker pace than it usually does while driving your Fiat Panda.
On the road:
Just because it has lowered suspension and wheels the size of the moon – does not mean it can’t be used to drive the children to school or potter around looking for some cheese around the towns of Chipping Norton or Buxton. The ride quality is not what I would have liked it to be – although this is pretty much nearly a race car for the road, so I can’t expect too much really. What I will say though is that it felt amazing into the corners and the suspension dealt with most surfaces with ease and although the ride itself was as hard as nails – you really can throw the i30N into any corner and come out the other side with your hair on fire and with a grin the size of Cheshire.
Design & Technology
On the outside, the i30N looks elegant and well thought out from a design point of view – even with its loud paint job – but then when you get to the inside it really is quite bland. Maybe I am being over critical – but in the past, I have said this about VW and Seat because they also produce some bland interiors. So, in perspective – the i30N is not that dissimilar – and to be honest, it is functional and everything is in the right place. It’s also practical too, and you do get quite an assortment of kit fitted as standard.
Some of the standard equipment on the i30N includes; Audio Control with Voice Recognition, Bluetooth® Connectivity with Voice Recognition Driver’s Supervision, Instrument Cluster with LCD Display (4.2″), Phone Connection, Android Auto™,
Apple CarPlay™, Digital DAB Radio with MP3 Compatibility, Cruise Control, Touchscreen Satellite Navigation (8″) including Traffic Messaging Channel, Mapcare and Live Services, Trip Computer, USB – Centre Console, Wireless Phone Charging Pad.
Plus; Active Head Restraints Airbag, Front Passenger De-Activation Switch Airbag, Rollover Sensor (Curtain) Airbags Front, Front Side & Curtain Airbags, Alarm Thatcham Category 1, Anti-lock Brake System (ABS) , Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) with Forward Collision Warning System, Central Locking, Remote Control Childproof Rear Door Locks Deadlocks, Electronic Stability Control (ESC) Emergency Stop Signal (ESS), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC),Immobiliser, ISOfix Child Seat Anchorage Points – Rear (outer seats only), Lane Departure Warning System with Lane Keep Assist (LKAS), Speed Sensitive Automatic Door Locking and Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) with Individual Tyre Pressure Display.
To sum up:
The i30N is a proper little racer and a car I like very much. If you were looking for an alternative to the Ford or the Honda – then the i30N is a worthy contender because it also has lots of interior space and a large boot. If you are thinking of buying one then I would take one out for a test run first – as I guarantee the smiles on your return will say it all.
Price: £26,345 (as tested).