Hyundai i30N review

Category: Hot hatch

Section: Costs & verdict

2021 Hyundai I30N infotainment
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N hatch front tracking
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N hatch rear tracking
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N RHD dashboard
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N RHD rear seats
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N infotainment
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N high front tracking
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N left tracking
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N left rear tracking
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N RHD front seats
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N RHD gear stick detail
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N RHD boot open
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N hatch front tracking
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N hatch rear tracking
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N RHD dashboard
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N RHD rear seats
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N infotainment
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N high front tracking
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N left tracking
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N left rear tracking
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N RHD front seats
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N RHD gear stick detail
  • 2021 Hyundai I30N RHD boot open

Costs & verdict

Everyday costs, plus how reliable and safe it is

The Hyundai looks like good value for money, whether you compare it against rivals such as the Ford Focus ST, Honda Civic Type R, Renault Megane RS, Volkswagen Golf GTI or Circuit Pack version of the Toyota GR Yaris. That said, if you are buying outright, it’s worth noting that the i30N is predicted to depreciate at a quicker rate than all of those rivals.

Every i30N comes very well equipped. You get 19in alloy wheels, LED headlights, automatic lights and wipers, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera, as well as electric front seats with driver’s seat height adjustment and memory recall.

Overview

The Hyundai i30N is a well-equipped, great-value hot hatch that will really put a smile on your face. There are quicker alternatives, the best being the Toyota GR Yaris, but the i30N still makes loads of sense, particularly if you need five-door practicality. The Fastback version, meanwhile, offers a bit of extra load space and sleeker looks for a little extra cash.

  • Precise handling
  • Responsive engine
  • Well priced and equipped
  • Not as fast as some rivals
  • Bland interior
  • Tight rear knee room