Hyundai wants a high-performance image and is working hard to achieve that. Cars are crammed onto the Nordschleife and since 2014 are the Koreans not entirely without merit participant of the world championship rally. Hyundai also tries Driving-Dutchman to convince that she’s sporty and therefore we had a few days with the i30 N drive.
The i30 N is based on the standard Hyundai i30 all is that it is not visible because of the large number of spoilers and sporty features on the car. And to feel, not at all.
So should a hot hatch look
That starts with his appearance. By large air holes, the cascade grille and front splitter looks the i30 N there in the rear-view mirrors militant. The optional 19 inch wheels (standard 18), larger wheel arches, red brake calipers, and a triangular brake light in the spoiler reinforce the aggression. Its sharp lines, rear spoiler, small diffuser and tailpipes on either side of the car, complete the picture. The design is not pronounced, but as a hot hatch should look like.
You feel First of all if you have the door open. The body is stiff, and if you join, you can move the little rascal hardly. A proof that the suspension is stiff, and hard. And if you close the door pulls, is that confirmed. The are the signs that only a real GTi you can give.
Once you are in the N cases, the i30 N is up to eight millimeters lower than the regular version and the seats are really close to the street, you’re right. The stoelleuningen in your back and hips clamping around you and give you anywhere good support. Thanks to the extendable seat even under your thighs, leaving you with the very sporty Hyundai is also for long trips and not back have to shy.
The sporty ambitions of the i30 N is not restricted to the outside. Hyundai has the inside just as well done his best. The wheel is the heart of all sensation. With the eye-catching silver buttons set the driving modes Normal, Sport and Eco. Your own personalized drive modes set to do you via the large, easy to read, floating central infotainmentscherm on the dashboard.
By default, this nearly 40-thousand euro-dollar i30 N(1) a tweeliter four-cylinder with 250 hp, touch screen navigation system, Apple Carplay, automatic air conditioning, parking sensors all round, reversing camera, DAB audio, and privacy glass. There is also a luxurious N2 version with alcantara leather upholstery, electrically adjustable and heated front seats, seat extension, heated steering wheel, and wireless smartphone charging option. The supplement for the N2 version is 2,500 euro.
We reason with the N2 version with the Performance Pack, and that you should, if you have money to spend, definitely consider. With this package, that 3,000 euros in costs, the i30 twenty-five hp and torque more and make ‘m even more attractive. Already has the light weight, especially when wet, sometimes a lot of effort to all that violence on the road. Therefore, Hyundai has launch control on the N applied, for if you really los.
The 19 inch Pirelli’s in the Performance Pack do their best to have all the power, together with an electronically controlled differential, and Power Sense Axle on the ground. They help you to create bends as tight as possible to take and by the inner front wheel braking, understeer and to prevent the lateral stiffness and grip to maximize. By all of these systems feel the i30 N if a kart with a roof, so accurately, he sends. This feeling is reinforced by the angle that only one rotation left and right covers.
Fat hot hatch
The stiffness of the body is controlled by the variable and adjustable Rear Stiffness Bar. What concerns us is a must because the base of the a hard is and you also have ‘comfortable’ drive. In the Performance Pack is also a Variable Exhaust Valve System, exhaust system. The hitsige i30 is quite noisy, something you have neighbors you don’t always have much time off. Depending on whether your neighbors or don’t like, can you make the exhaust sound louder or softer sound. To you still to hear that you are in an ultra-sporty car, there is a Electronic Sound Generator in the N that the exhaust noise inside the car is reinforced.
Nice is the automatic tussengas that the i30 N in the sports mode, when you switch back. This allows you to have smoother shifting if you are very sporty driving. It sounds cool, but is not really necessary because the manual transmission in all speeds perfectly clear. Gave us the automatic throttle even a little bit of a hats-feeling, as if to say: see and hear to agree with me, cool. Do not,not for us.
Hyundai with the i30 N is a newcomer in the high-performance segment. The nice thing about the N is its price. That starts it, although that is still quite large, at slightly less than 40 thousand euros. You have no Golf or 308 for, but basically a big fat hot hatch.
If you prefer a bit more power and a lot more sporting aspirations? Then you can’t get the N2 Performance Pack of 2,500 euros. A pittance on the base price and, in our opinion very recommendable for yet more fun. We had a constant grin from ear to ear. Folds that even long after our trips are not easy to smooth out. The Hyundai i30 N is already a concept in itself. A hot hatch lover, who has good chances to make the GTi as the Volkswagen’s and Peugeot’s of this world pretty hard to make.
Hyundai i30 N2 Performance Pack
Engine: 1.998 cc four-cylinder petrol with turbo
Power: 275 hp at 6000 rpm
Torque: 378 Nm at 1450 to 4.700 rpm
Transmission: 6 f., transmission
Drive: front wheels
Top speed: 250 km/h
Acceleration 0-100 km/h: 6,1 seconds
Weight for road tax: 1.509 kilo
An average of specified fuel consumption: 7,1 l/100 km
CO2 emissions: 163 g/km
Energy Rating: E
Uitstootniveau: Euro 5
Base price (kerb): 39.995 euros
Price testauto (kerb): 45.995 euro (N2-version with the Performance Pack)