2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N – price, specs and release date

Having cracked the hot hatch formula at its first attempt, Hyundai is trying to fill a gap in the market with its second N model...

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What Car? team
26 September 2018

Hyundai i30 Fastback N front

On sale Early 2019 | Price from £29,000 (est)

Sometimes, mixing familiar ingredients together can result in an entirely original dish. And that’s what Hyundai is hoping to serve up with the new i30 Fastback N, the second machine from the firm’s new N performance division.

Essentially, the new machine take the mechanicals from the well-regarded i30 N hot hatch, and transplants them into the stretched and swoopy shell of the i30 Fastback. The result? A model which promises the dynamic handling and performance of a hot hatch in a more svelte body. Hyundai believes the machine will appeal to customers seeking a more refined, understated drive – but has vowed that it offers the same mix of dynamic driving and everyday usability as the i30 N hatch.

Hyundai i30 Fastback N side

The i30 Fastback N features the same turbocharged 2.0-litre petrol engine as the hatchback, and will also be offered in two states of tune: 247bhp for the entry level model, rising to 271bhp for the Performance version. Given that the vast bulk of UK i30 N sales so far have been of the higher-spec model, Hyundai UK has yet to determine if it will offer the entry-level model here.

Design-wise, the Fastback N features the same front end as the hot hatch, with a special grille and bumper design compared with the regular i30. It features a bespoke rear end, which includes an aerodynamic spoiler on the rear boot lip. That boot, incidentally, has 450 litres of capacity – 30 more than is offered in the Honda Civic Type R.

Hyundai i30 Fastback N interior

Rear-end aside, there is little difference between the i30 N and the i30 Fastback N. The latter is marginally heavier, but also produces less drag, and Hyundai says neither is enough to make a substantial difference to how the car drives.

There have been some minor changes to the i30 N’s mechanicals. Hyundai has worked on the suspension to improve handling, and also tweaked the high-performance N driving mode for better engagement.

Pricing has yet to be confirmed, but is expected to start at around £29,000.

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