2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N - verdict
Hyundai's excellent i30N hot hatch has been reworked into a five-door coupé, promising added dynamism as well as some extra boot space...
A Honda Civic Type R has more grip, a Renault Megane RS is more adjustable in the bends and a Golf R is faster in a straight line, but in terms of pure all-round entertainment, the i30 Fastback N is most definitely up there with the best of them.
However, the crucial question remains. Would we have one over the already brilliant i30N hatchback?
Well, that decision is not so easy to make, because it really does come down to a matter of taste. Unlike the compact four-door ‘coupés’ that have gone before it, the Fastback isn’t particularly compromised from a practicality point of view, and with the Fastback costing just £500 more than the Performance version of the hatch, most won’t buyers won’t be priced out of the ‘coupé’.
However, there is a third option, and it’s the one we’d be most inclined to take: buy the non-Performance hatch for just £25,995. It’s a car that we reckon is actually more fun on the road than the Performance model, feels barely any less rapid in a straight line and builds on one of the i30N’s other great strengths: value for money.
Remember, for less than £26,000, this is a car that undercuts the Honda Civic Type R by a whopping £5000 and yet still comes with loads of creature comforts, including keyless entry and wireless phone charging. Of course, some might see a £4k premium worth it for a sleeker looking more grown up hot ‘hatch’, but us? We’d rather have the extra money for fuel, thanks.
What Car? rating: 4 out of 5
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Hyundai i30 Fastback N specification
Price £29,995 Engine 4cl, 1998cc, turbocharged petrol Power 272bhp at 6000rpm Torque 260lb ft at 1500rpm Gearbox 6-spd manual 0-60mph 6.1sec Top speed 155mph (limited) Kerb weight 1429kg Economy 36.2mpg CO2 178g/km Rivals Honda Civic Type R, Renault Megane RS