Hyundai 271hp, 2018 i30 N track review, start/rev/walk around video.
The best car Hyundai has ever made is in serious contention to be the king of hot hatches. Meet the Hyundai i30 N.
If you’ve been living under a rock for the last decade, it’s hard to fathom the South Koreans are now not only making exceptionally good cars, but they are also making exceptionally good performance cars.
If it weren't for the fact we were invited to test drive the new i30 N earlier this month, alongside Caradvice, we wouldn't believe it either.
You can get a quick walk around and the crackly sound of the 271hp 4 cylinder turbo in the video below:
To be fair, the i30 N is arguably more European than Korean. It’s built in Europe, designed under the watchful eye of former Audi designer, Peter Schreyer, tested at Germany’s famous Nurburgring and the whole project was headed by famed German engineer Albert Biermann, a 30-year-plus veteran at BMW, where he led the development of some of the most revered M cars ever made. Icons like the E46 M3, E39 M5 V8 and even the F90 M5, at least in the early days.
From the outside, the i30 N looks the business, particularly in the hero ‘performance blue’ which it borrows from the brand’s WRC cars. There are five other colours, but really, go with this one. It looks epic on a sunny day, specially with the 19-inch alloys and red brake calipers. No one would dare think of it as a regular i30.
Hyundai Australia is yet to decide whether it would take both the base model i30 N and the i30 N with Performance Package or just the performance model on its own. Pricing is also still up in the air but expect it to start in the low $40k region (or maybe even just under) for the base and a few thousand dollars more for the performance pack.
That puts in right in contention with the Golf GTI (which now starts at $41,490 in base and $47,990 for performance pack with a dual-clutch transmission).
The standard 184kW/353Nm i30 N and the full-strength 202kW/353Nm Performance version are both hot hatches in their own right and both cars run the same in-house-designed 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that boasts 378Nm of peak torque thanks to an overboost function when the right pedal is flat for an extended period of time.
For a full write up you can visit our entire review at Caradvice here.
Images used with permission from Hyundai, Some text has been paraphrased from an original review by Alborz Fallah, used with permission from Caradvice.