New Hyundai i30N details revealed

New Hyundai i30N details revealed
New Hyundai i30N details revealed

More news on Hyundai’s first ever hot hatch, due this year

Thinking of taking the plunge on a new Focus ST or a Golf GTI?

That’s a good plan. You might want to hang on a minute, though. Hyundai is about to enter the hot hatch battleground with a rather interesting new i30.

The i30N certainly looks the part with its low-slung ride height, 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels and in-your-face bodywork in your choice of six exterior paint colours. Designed to deliver “maximum driving fun in an accessible high-performance package,” this is the first product to exit the gates of Hyundai’s new N performance car division. It’s their version of BMW’s M or Mercedes’ AMG divisions.

Hyundai i30N

The entry-level 130N powerplant is a 247bhp 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine driving the front wheels. The Performance package option takes that up to 271bhp, which is a fair bit more than the Golf GTI and only 4bhp down on the Focus ST. It’s claimed to beat the Golf on acceleration too, with a 0-62mph time of 6.2 seconds. The top speed is electronically pegged at 155mph.

There’s rev-matching for faster gearchanges through the six-speed manual gearbox, quicker steering, and a launch control function. Buttons on the N-badged steering wheel access five modes – Eco, Normal Sport, N and N Custom – to alter the engine note, throttle response, steering and other bits and bobs. The list of safety features on offer includes automatic emergency braking, a driver attention monitor and lane-keep assist.

Hyundai i30N interior

Inside, normal analogue dials are replaced by an electronic display with LED shift light indicators. There’s also an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with sat-nav, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring, a range of displays showing (among other things) engine outputs and lap times, and the option of a wireless mobile phone charging mat.

Due to go on sale by the end of 2017, the i30N is expected to cost around £27,000 to make it competitive with the £28,320 Golf GTI.

Hyundai i30N

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