HYUNDAI

HYUNDAI I30 HATCHBACK 2.0T GDI N Performance 5dr

Fuel

FuelPetrol

Transmission

TransmissionManual

Acceleration

0 - 62 mph6.1s

WLTP - CO2 (g/km)

WLTP - CO2188 g/km

With this i30 N hot hatch, Hyundai launched its 'N' performance sub-brand with the i30 N hot hatch, a model now usefully improved, primarily with a paddleshift auto gearbox option. The i30 N remains the kind of car you simply wouldn't expect from this Korean maker, with an output of up to 280PS intended to provide performance to embarrass this car's Volkswagen Golf GTI arch-rival.

N-LIGHTNING

Hyundai's i30 N was Korea's very first really credible performance hot hatch and we loved it. Jonathan Crouch looks at the revised version.

Ten Second Review

With this i30 N hot hatch, Hyundai launched its 'N' performance sub-brand with the i30 N hot hatch, a model now usefully improved, primarily with a paddleshift auto gearbox option. The i30 N remains the kind of car you simply wouldn't expect from this Korean maker, with an output of up to 280PS intended to provide performance to embarrass this car's Volkswagen Golf GTI arch-rival.

Background

Hyundai continues to get serious about performance. For proof, take a look at this i30 N hot hatch, now usefully improved and originally developed by a team led by former BMW M Power boss Albert Biermann. Before original launch, it underwent a lengthy testing period that included over 6,000 miles of running on the legendary Nurburgring Nordschleife racetrack and its aim continues to be to slot right in amongst the established players in the volume part of the family hatch-sized GTI segment. The 'N' in the model name stands not only for 'Nurburgring' but also for 'Namyang', Hyundai's vast research and development centre back in South Korea.

Driving Experience

The main change here is the addition of something the original version of this car never offered, a paddleshift auto transmission, the sort of thing all this model's rivals have. Hence the addition here of an optional 'N DCT' 8-speed auto, equipped with three N performance functions: 'N Grin Shift', 'N Power Shift' and 'N Track Sense Shift'. We'd still be tempted though, to stay with the 6-speed manual which, as before, features a selectable rev-matching system to make you sound like Fernando Alonso when you're downshifting through the gears. Beneath the bonnet, you'll find much the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as before, developing 250PS in base form. The alternative 'Performance Pack' model gets a 5PS increase to 280PS, this top variant featuring the brand's 'N Corner Carving Differential', an Electronically Controlled Limited Slip Differential (eLSD). Additionally for the Performance Package, the front brake disc size has been increased from 345mm to 360mm for a better braking performance. The i30 N is still only offered in front-driven form - there's no sign of a 4WD option - and if you're quick with the 6-speed manual stick shift, 62mph in the 280PS model can be reached from rest in just 5.9s (0.2s faster than the 'Performance Pack' variant could manage before) en route to 155mph. As segment buyers will expect, 'Launch control' for 'Grand Prix'-style getaways features in the standard spec, plus there are five selectable driving modes and an electronically managed suspension set-up. An 'N button' will switch the car into its most dynamic setup and drivers can tailor settings through an 'N Custom' mode. A Performance Driving Data System is included on the centre dash screen to monitor and improve the driver's track skills, with updated graphics for even more ease of use. This feature saves and displays driving data, including information on PS, torque, turbo boost. It also includes a lap and acceleration timer, which comes in handy on the track.

Design and Build

The i30 N certainly talks the talk in terms of its looks and a subtle serious of aesthetic enhancement feature with this revised model, offered as before in hatch or sleeker 'Fastback' body shapes. There are new LED headlamps with V-shaped Daytime Running Lights. Meanwhile, the outer bumper corners, dominated by the typical aerodynamic side fins, incorporate the air curtains to significantly improve the airflow and reduce turbulence into the wheel housing. The i30 hatchback N features an updated rear end design that sees a large wing spoiler with the distinctive N triangular brake light creating optimum downforce, while the rear lamps have also been updated and feature a fresh LED signature. Two large exhaust pipes integrated into the lower bumper diffuser complete the hot hatch image. The large wheel arches house standard 18-inch rims with a 4mm lowered ride height - or larger 19-inch wheels with an 8mm lower ride height. Inside, the graphics of the central infotainment screen have been updated and you can have said screen in a larger 10.25-inch size. Otherwise, things are much as before. You get an exclusive blue-stitched 'N' steering wheel to the left of which is the drive mode selection system. To the right of the wheel, there's a chequered flag 'N' button for the 'N-mode' that releases this car most focused red mist performance setting. The red zone of the variable LED rev-counter changes according to the driving performance and varies with the engine's oil temperature. The 'ball-type' gearknob bears the N-badge. There are high-performance 'N'-embossed sport seats trimmed in a combination of suede and leather or cloth. These chairs feature extendable cushions.

Market and Model

Pricing for the i30 N starts at around £30,000 for the 280PS 'Performance Pack' hatch model. For fractionally more, you can opt for the sleeker Fastback body shape with the same mechanical set-up. The 'Performance' package comes with 19-inch Pirelli P-Zero high-performance Hyundai N tyres, distinctive red N break callipers and larger brake discs (18-inch at the front, 17-inch at the rear). An 'E-LSD' Electronic Limited Slip Differential and a Variable Exhaust Valve System are additional features included in the Performance Package to provide the optimal race track experience. As standard, buyers now get an 10.25-litre centre-dash touchscreen navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It is also available with the latest version of Bluelink, Hyundai's state-of-the-art connected car services. This offers a range of new benefits and services for Hyundai customers including Connected Routing, Last Mile Navigation and live parking information, and a new user profile feature. A range of extra Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driver assistance features have been aded into this improved model, including a pedestrian detection system for the Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist autonomous braking system; and Lane Following Assist. The hatch version also gets Blind-Spot Collision Warning, Blind-Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist, Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Warning and Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist.

Cost of Ownership

The introduction of new engine technology has kept Hyundai right on the pace of the class best when it comes to efficiency and carbon dioxide emissions. The brand says that this 2.0 T-GDI petrol model will return combined cycle and CO2 WLTP returns that are very competitive with obvious rivals (read VW Golf GTI). Sure enough, the 280PS 'Performance Pack' model manages a reasonably competitive CO2 return of 188g/km with a combined cycle fuel return of 34.0mpg (both WLTP). What else might you need to know? As ever with Hyundai, a strong buying incentive is the five year unlimited mileage warranty that comes as standard. It's backed up by breakdown cover that last the same length of time and free annual vehicle health checks over this duration. True, rival brand Kia claims to better this package by offering a similar seven year deal, but there, you're limited to 100,000 miles. As for servicing, well your i30 N will need a garage visit once a year or every 10,000 miles, whichever comes sooner. If you want to budget ahead for routine maintenance, there are various 'Hyundai Sense' packages that offer fixed-price servicing over two, three or five-year periods. You can pay for your plan monthly and add MoTs into the three or five year plans for an extra fee.

Summary

So will potential hot hatch buyers consider an i30 N in preference to a Volkswagen Golf GTI, a Ford Focus ST, a Renaultsport Megane or an Audi S3? That's a big ask. These established segment players have had decades to cement their credentials in this sector. Yet Hyundai has certainly gone about this the right way. The engineering's been done thoroughly and the addition of paddleshift auto transmission corrects the original car's one real oversight. Plus the drive stats certainly look promising, offering owners slightly more performance than competitors can deliver. We'd say that if you're shopping in this market, this Korean contender's well worth a test drive. At the very least, you'll certainly enjoy the experience.

  • Automatic defog system
  • 1 speed non intermittent rear windscreen wiper
  • Automatic windscreen wipers with rain sensor
  • Front and rear electric windows with anti-trap mechanism and one touch control
  • Heated rear windscreen with washer
  • Rear windows and tailgate privacy glass
  • Tinted glass with windscreen shade band

  • Reinforced brakes
  • Red brake calipers with N logo
  • Manual parking brake
  • Anti-lock braking system (ABS)
  • Hill start assist control (HAC)
  • Torque vectoring brake
  • Traction control
  • Electronic stability control
  • Electronic Brakeforce Distribution + Brake Assist

  • Vehicle Stability Control (VSC)
  • Active cornering enhancement
  • Electronically controlled suspension

  • Apple car play
  • Wireless phone charging pad
  • Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition
  • Android Auto

  • Speed limit recognition
  • Parking system with rear camera and guidance system
  • Parking guidance system
  • Front and rear parking sensors
  • Emergency stop signalling system
  • Cruise control
  • Power assisted steering
  • Rack motor driven power steering
  • Driver attention alert system
  • Drive mode buttons
  • N mode button
  • Lane departure warning system with lane keep assist - LKAS

  • 8" touchscreen satellite navigation including traffic messaging channel, map care and live services
  • Shift timing indicator
  • Rev matching system
  • Driver's supervision instrument cluster with 4.2" LCD display
  • N exclusive sport cluster
  • Performance information display
  • Windscreen washer fluid sensor and warning indicator
  • Digital clock
  • Trip computer
  • Roll over sensor
  • Colour driver's information system display

  • Black door mirrors
  • Automatic dimming rear view mirror
  • Door mirror LED indicator lights
  • Heated door mirrors with electric adjustment and power folding function

  • Intelligent Stop and Go
  • Launch control

  • DAB Digital radio
  • USB/aux input socket
  • Radio/CD with MP3 and WMA compatibility
  • 2 front and 2 rear speakers with 2 tweeters
  • Radio with stereo, RDS with MP3 compatibility
  • Steering wheel audio, phone and cruise controls
  • Audio control
  • USB ports in centre console

  • N exclusive radiator grille
  • Body coloured exterior door handles
  • Bumper accents
  • N exclusive front and rear bumpers
  • N exclusive rear diffuser
  • Active variable exhaust system
  • Rear stiffness bar
  • Shark fin antenna
  • Twin exhaust pipes
  • Rear spoiler
  • Black side sills
  • Black window surrounds
  • Body coloured bumpers

  • Headlamp levelling
  • Front fog lights
  • LED daytime running lights
  • Automatic headlights with dusk sensor
  • Rear LED lights
  • LED Headlights
  • Door mirror puddle lights
  • Static Cornering lights
  • Automatic headlight with follow me home function
  • Smart high beam headlights
  • Smoked tail lights

  • Automatic climate control with defog system for front windscreen
  • Rear air vents

  • Variable boot floor
  • Front armrest with storage box
  • Black cloth headlining
  • 12v socket in front centre armrest storage compartment
  • Sunglasses holder
  • Front and rear door pockets
  • Front cupholders x 2
  • Aluminium pedals
  • Rear armrest with cupholder
  • Black interior door handles
  • Glove compartment
  • 12V power outlets in front console and luggage compartment
  • N branded aluminium door sill trims
  • Artificial leather door centre trim
  • Faux suede and leather seat trim
  • Height and reach adjustable steering wheel
  • Leather wrapped steering wheel with shift knob
  • Electric active sound design

  • Interior front map reading light and sunglasses holder
  • Front, rear and luggage compartment interior lights

  • Winter pack - i30

  • Front passenger airbag deactivation switch
  • Autonomous emergency braking (AEB) with forward collision warning system
  • Airbags - front, front side and curtain airbags
  • Tyre pressure monitoring system with individual tyre pressure display - TPMS
  • Active front headrests
  • Childproof rear door locks
  • Front seatbelt pretensioners
  • Height adjustable front seatbelts
  • 3x3 point rear seatbelts
  • Front and rear seatbelt reminder

  • Front passenger seat electric height adjust
  • Active head restraints
  • 60/40 split folding rear seat
  • Driver seat memory function
  • Driver's seat electric height adjustment
  • Electrically adjustable driver's seat
  • Driver's electric adjustable lumbar support
  • Front passenger's seat electric lumbar support
  • Driver's seat manual extendable seat cushion
  • Front passenger's seat electric adjustments
  • Front passenger's seat manual extendable seat cushion
  • Front head restraints with vertical and horizontal adjustment
  • N exclusive sports seats
  • Vertical adjustment rear head restraints
  • ISOFIX child seat anchorage points attached on outer rear seats

  • Speed sensitive automatic door locking
  • Thatcham category 1 alarm
  • Smart key with keyless entry and engine start/stop button
  • Deadlocks
  • Folding key
  • Remote control central locking
  • Immobiliser
  • Locking wheel nuts
  • Drive away door locking

  • Electronic limited slip differential

  • Driver/passenger sunvisors and illuminated vanity mirrors

  • Pirelli P-Zero tyres
  • 19" Pirelli P zero performance tyres

  • 19" Alloy wheels

  • Emergency space saver spare wheel

  • CO2 (g/km): 178
  • Standard Euro Emissions: EURO 6
  • HC+NOx: N
  • Particles: N
  • WLTP - CO2 (g/km) - Comb: 188

  • Engine Code:
  • Cylinders: 4
  • Cylinder Layout: IN-LINE
  • Number of Valves: 16
  • Camshaft: DOHC
  • Fuel Delivery: TURBO INJECTION
  • Catalytic Convertor: True
  • Engine Layout: FRONT TRANSVERSE
  • Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
  • Transmission: MANUAL
  • Gears: 6 SPEED
  • Cylinders - Bore (mm): 86
  • Cylinders - Stroke (mm): 86
  • CC: 1998

  • EC Directive 1999/100/EC Applies: True
  • EC Urban (mpg): 26.6
  • EC Extra Urban (mpg): 46.3
  • EC Combined (mpg): 36.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Low: 23.2
  • WLTP - MPG - Medium: 34.9
  • WLTP - MPG - High: 40.4
  • WLTP - MPG - Extra High: 35.3
  • WLTP - MPG - Comb: 34
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Low: 12.2
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Medium: 8.1
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - High: 7
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Extra High: 8
  • WLTP - FC (l/100km) - Comb: 8.3

  • Generation Mark: 2
  • Alternative Fuel Qualifying: False
  • Did at least one aspect of this vehicle's safety give cause for concern?: False
  • Special Edition: False
  • Special Order: False
  • Based On ID: N
  • Insurance Group 1 - 50 Effective January 07: 28E
  • Service Interval Mileage: 10000
  • Service Interval Frequency - Months: 12
  • NCAP Adult Occupant Protection %: 88
  • NCAP Child Occupant Protection %: 84
  • NCAP Pedestrian Protection %: 64
  • NCAP Safety Assist %: 68
  • NCAP Overall Rating - Effective February 09: 5
  • Badge Power: 275
  • Badge Engine CC: 2.0
  • Vehicle Homologation Class: M1
  • Coin Series: N Performance
  • Coin Description: T GDI
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Years: 5
  • Standard manufacturers warranty - Mileage: 999999
  • Manufacturers Paintwork Guarantee - Years: 5
  • Manufacturers Corrosion Perforation Guarantee - Years: 10

  • Engine Power - KW: 202
  • Engine Power - RPM: 6000
  • Engine Torque - LBS.FT: 260
  • Engine Torque - NM: 353
  • Engine Torque - RPM: 1500
  • Engine Power - BHP: 275
  • Engine Power - PS: True
  • 0 to 60 mph (secs): False
  • 0 to 62 mph (secs): 6.1
  • Top Speed: 155
  • Engine Torque - MKG: 36

  • Emissions Test Cycle: NEDC Correlated

  • Alloys?: True
  • Space Saver?: True
  • Wheel Style: N
  • Tyre Size Rear: 235/35 R19
  • Tyre Size Spare: SPACE SAVER
  • Wheel Type: 19" ALLOY
  • Tyre Size Front: 235/35 R19

  • Width (including mirrors): N
  • Height: 1447
  • Height (including roof rails): N
  • Length: 4335
  • Width: 1795
  • Wheelbase: 2650

  • Minimum Kerbweight: 1429
  • Gross Vehicle Weight: 1950
  • Fuel Tank Capacity (Litres): 50
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Up): 381
  • No. of Seats: 5
  • Max. Towing Weight - Braked: 1600
  • Max. Towing Weight - Unbraked: 700
  • Max. Loading Weight: 521
  • Max. Roof Load: 80
  • Luggage Capacity (Seats Down): 1287
  • Turning Circle - Kerb to Kerb: 11.6

  • Solid paint: Included
  • Special solid paint: £585
  • Metallic paint: £585
  • Pearlescent paint: £585

  • Metallic - Micron Grey: £585

  • Pearl - Phantom black: £585

  • Solid - Engine red: £0
  • Solid - Polar white: £0

  • Special solid - Performance blue: £585

  • Artificial leather/suede - Black: £0

Whilst every effort is made to verify and ensure the accuracy of the data, the information should only be used as a guide and no purchasing decision should be made without verification of the data from either the manufacturer or franchised dealer. Our offers may be on a different model year to that represented by this data and so specification may differ accordingly.

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