Top Gear International news said that Hyundai’s first proper hot hatchback arrived with a reasonable amount of hype behind it. After nine months of running one in the Top Gear garage، the i30N hasn’t just lived up to those high expectations، but surpassed them.
According to Top Gear، It’s an extraordinary achievement to cause such an upset first time out، not least when the hot hatch market is in its most exciting ever position. The i30N had to impress against strong rivals from Ford، Honda، Peugeot، Renault، Seat and VW – among many others – but that’s exactly what it’s done. How? Have a click through our i30N’s 2018 photo album.
Our i30N Performance arrived with a mere 800 miles on the clock. Naturally we specced the higher-powered، more-focused i30N Performance version. For £3،000 more – or an extra £10 each month if you’re leasing – you get bigger، 19in wheels on stickier Pirelli P Zero tyres، a limited-slip differential، a riotous sports exhaust and another 25bhp، taking total output to 271bhp.
You also get the option of Performance Blue paint، a must if you want your car to look as vibrant as ours against a typically gloomy British backdrop. Total bill? Quite a lot for a Hyundai، at £28،580، but very competitive in hot hatch terms.
All i30Ns get a pair of fantastic sports seats up front. Most hot hatch makers are really nailing their seats at the moment، and Hyundai’s managed it without going to a big-name manufacturer like Recaro.
It made own-brand alternatives to keep the car’s list price low، but the seats hug exactly where you want them too and have never made me ache، even after some slightly exhausting 12-hour days behind the wheel. The driving position is great، too; not as low-slung as in a Civic Type R، but considerably better than the sitting-amongst-the-headlining Focus RS.