Hyundai i30N 2017 verdict and specs
Korea’s biggest car maker is making its debut in the hot hatch market – and we...
Hyundai i30N verdict
For now, Hyundai would be happy if you’d simply agree to consider buying an i30N, and on this evidence, it is definitely worth that much. Final pronouncements on all-round usability, refinement and value-for-money will have to come later, but on handling appeal, this new Hyundai has a surprising amount going for it, as well as an air of finely-honed polish to its ride and steering that you just don’t expect of a brand's first attempt.
The car’s engine isn’t stellar, but it’s strong enough. And then there’s Hyundai brand’s desirability factor to consider - it's something of key importance to a hot hatch, and will take years to develop to a point where it can stand on level terms with the likes of Volkswagen’s GTI, Renault’s RS or even Ford’s ST.
The fact is, that despite four years of Hyundai's involvement in the World Rally Championship (WRC), it’ll be a few years yet before people really want an N-branded performance car in the way they might one of those aforementioned rivals. But this new i30 N could definitely be the beginning of something quite special.
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Hyundai i30N prototype
Engine size 2.0T petrol
Price £27,000 (est)
Power 270bhp (est)
0-62mph Less than 6.5sec
Top speed 155mph (limited)
Gov't economy (official combined) tbc
CO2/BIK band tbc
Insurance group tbc
On sale Late 2017