There are two i30 N variants on offer, both with five doors and both using basically the same 2.0-litre turbocharged engine driving through the front wheels and mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox. As is common at this price point, there's no paddleshift auto option, nor is there the chance to specify 4WD. The standard model puts out 250PS, costs around £25,000 and is targeted at conventional family hatch shopping rockets like Volkswagen's Golf GTI and Ford's Focus ST. Hyundai though, expects over 90% of i30 N buyers to find the extra £3,000 to get themselves into the alternative £28,000 'N Performance' variant that we tried.
With this more desirable derivative, you get a version of that same GDI engine tuned to develop 275PS, plus an important package of extra engineering features including an electronic limited slip differential and an active variable exhaust system, plus some tempting trimming embellishments. In this upgraded form, this Hyundai can tilt at more powerful volume class contenders like the SEAT Leon Cupra 300 and the Renaultsport Megane. And - potentially - even start to trouble so-called 'Super Hatches' with just over 300PS, cars like Honda's Civic Type R and Volkswagen's Golf R.
Standard camera-driven safety features include 'AEB' 'Autonomous Emergency Braking', 'DAA' 'Driver Attention Alert', an 'LKAS' 'Lane Keeping Assist System', an 'SLIF' ' Speed Limit Information Function' and 'HBA' 'High Beam Assist'.