2021 Hyundai i30 Fastback N verdict and specs

An automatic gearbox is available for the first time on the trimmed-down and updated Hyundai i30 Fastback N. We've been trying a pre-production example...

2021 Hyundai i30 Fastback N rear long

So, the Hyundai i30 Fastback N is an involving alternative to the usual hot hatch brigade. It handles with aplomb, is compliant enough for the British B road, has a cracking engine and is even reasonably practical. However, with an increase in list price expected, it’s almost certainly going to cost a bit more than the sensational Civic Type R.

With the Type R boasting even more power, possibly the finest manual gearbox currently available in a production car and an even greater breadth of talents on road, it’s hard to recommend the I30 Fastback N in its place. If you really must have a four-door coupé, though, and if you can live with that sombre interior, the i30 Fastback N is certainly a compelling alternative. It's more entertaining than the AMG CLA 35, and more visceral than the BMW M235i Gran Coupe.

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Specification: 2021 Hyundai i30 Fastback N DCT

Price £32,000 (est) Engine 1998cc, 4cyl, petrol, turbo Power 276bhp @ 5200rpm Torque 289lb ft @ 1950-4600rpm Gearbox 8-spd dual-clutch automatic 0-62mph 5.9ec Top speed 155mph Economy tbc CO2/tax band tbc

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