Hyundai – i30N 2.0 T-GDi – 250PS Petrol Manual

Price (as tested): £26,345

I have not tested a Hyundai in a while so I thought it was about time I did. 

The car you see before you is the i30N, which in my book is a proper little pocket rocket.

I expected it to be a little bland because making a hot hatch is never easy – but boy was I wrong. This really is a proper little racer and something you would never expect to find from the likes of Hyundai.

Power and Efficiency: My test car was fitted with a 2.0-litre petrol engine that has 250PS and 353Nm of torque, and a top speed of around 155mph, which puts it right up there with the likes of the Focus RS and Honda Type R. But is it as fast? Well, a 0 to 62mph time of 6.4 seconds is nothing to be ashamed of. The acceleration is savage truth be told. Nail your foot into the floor and you will find that the world goes by at a much quicker pace than it usually does.

On the road: Just because it has lowered suspension and wheels the size of the moon does not mean it can’t be used to drive the children to school or potter around town. The ride quality is not what I would have liked it to be, although this is pretty much a race car for the road so I can’t expect too much really. What I will say though is that it felt amazing into the corners and the suspension dealt with most surfaces with ease and you really can throw the i30N into any corner and come out the other side with your hair on fire and with a grin the size of Cheshire.

Design and Technology: On the outside, the i30N looks elegant and well thought out from a design point of view – even with its loud paint job – but then when you get to the inside it really is quite bland. Maybe I am being over critical – but in the past, I have said this about VW and Seat because they also produce some bland interiors. So, in perspective the i30N is not that dissimilar and to be honest, it is functional and everything is in the right place. It’s also practical too, and you do get quite an assortment of kit fitted as standard.

Some of the standard equipment on the i30N includes; audio control with voice recognition, Bluetooth connectivity with voice recognition driver’s supervision, instrument cluster with LCD Display, phone connection, DAB Radio  with MP3 compatibility, cruise control, touchscreen satellite navigation, trip computer, USB centre console and wireless phone charging pad. 

To sum up: The i30N is a proper little racer and a car I like very much as an alternative to the Ford or the Honda. If you taken one for a test run first – I guarantee the smiles on your return will say it all.