Written byShaun McGowan
The Hyundai i30 is one of those vehicles with a range that seemingly stretches over the horizon. At the entry level, the i30 is a fairly basic, capable car designed mainly to appeal to fleet buyers, and other no-frills customers. But at the other end, the i30 N Performance is a blisteringly capable, track-ready performance car, which shares a badge and very little else with lesser i30s.
The i30 offers, essentially the same footprint as a Kona SUV, but is available as a hatch or a more recently introduced sedan.
Cutting edge driver safety technology
With ApplyPlay and Android Auto
7 speaker premium audio
7" superior colour supervision cluster display
At its most basic, the i30 kicks off with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, conventional six-speed auto and front-drive. Inside you’ll find an eight-inch multimedia display with Apple and Android phone integrations and six-speaker audio. Safety equipment levels are quite high, plus there’s leather appointed steering wheel and shifter, a reversing camera, and 16-inch alloys.
I30 Active adds leather to the seats, 17-inch alloys and some basic trim upgrades, while the Elite spec boosts the multimedia display to 10.25-inch and includes a seven-speaker Infinity audio system. You also get a smart key, wireless phone charging and sat-nav.
In the middle of the range, the i30 N Line comes with a 1.6-litre turbo engine and either seven-speed dual-clutch or six-speed manual transmission. The centre infotainment display comes back to eight inches, and you come back to six-speaker audio, but you get a better instrument cluster, performance-oriented Michelin tyres, LED exterior lighting package and a host of trim upgrades.
I30 N Line Premium adds back the bigger infotainment display and premium audio system, plus a panoramic glass sunroof and sat-nav.
At the top of the range the i30 N is available in basic or Premium spec levels. It features a potent 2.0-litre turbocharged four with either a six-speed manual or eight-speed DCT, with track-ready suspension and brakes. The 10.25-inch centre display, smart key, wireless charging and LED lights are standard, while the Premium spec adds Alcantara trim to the seats, plus heated front seats and steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, and other premium features.
The i30 N is arguably the best-sorted accessible performance car currently on sale. However, it’s worth noting that, unless you’re a performance car enthusiast, the i30 N might be a bit harsh to live with, if all you plan on doing is a daily commute and other conventional driving. In that case, you might find the i30 N Line more refined, better suited to your needs and overall, easier to live with.
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