What Car? says...

It’s never easy being the young upstart. It often means that the only way to gain the respect of your peers is to do a better job than them, and for less financial reward. But that’s potentially good news for anyone interested in the Hyundai i30N.

This car is has been the Korean manufacturer’s first crack at building a proper hot hatch, and in order to be taken seriously in a class that includes some seriously polished performers, the upgrades over the regular i30 ended up being much more than extra exhaust pipes, a set of fatter bumpers and a tuned engine.