The performance market is new territory for Hyundai and it knows that, to get your attention, it needs to build a good car priced to undercut its more established rivals. And it has done just that.
Whether you are comparing the standard i30N against rivals such as the Focus ST or Golf GTI, or the Performance model against the Focus RS or Civic Type R, the i30N is a great-value cash buy. Unfortunately, at such an early stage, it’s too early to tell you how competitive the monthly PCP finance rates are or how well it’ll hold on to its value.
But we can tell you how well equipped it is: very, as it offers far more toys than its rivals. The standard car comes with 18in alloy wheels, LED headlights, sports seats, red brake calipers, automatic lights and wipers, privacy glass, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors and a rear-view camera. That’s on top of the bits we’ve already mentioned, such as adaptive dampers and the fulsomely kitted out infotainment system.
Move up to the Performance model and, as well as the limited-slip differential, 19in wheels, sticky tyres and sports exhaust that make it go quicker and sound better, you add luxuries including leather seats, electric front seats with lumbar adjustment and memory recall.
The i30N gets the full five-star Euro NCAP rating – something that the Civic Type R failed to do. You get plenty of safety features, such as automatic emergency braking, a driver fatigue monitor, speed limit display and lane departure warning with lane assist.