Hyundai i30N Sounds Like A Bargain Hot Hatch Next To The Golf GTI

Every time a car manufactures tries something new, it’s natural to expect that they won’t nail it from the get-go, but Hyundai seems to have broken the rule with the new i30N.

The new Hyundai i30N is the company’s first true hot hatch, gunning rivals like the VW Golf GTI, the Ford Focus ST and the Seat Leon Cupra.

It comes with a chassis honed in Nurburgring and tuned by experts, including Albert Biermann who was head of development in the BMW M division, so the i30N was created by people that knew what they were doing.

Instead of going after the hardcore side of the segment, Hyundai preferred to give the i30N a more friendly character suited for everyday driving, the same recipe that VW has perfected with the Golf GTI.

The i30N also offers more power than the Golf GTI thanks to its turbocharged 2.0-liter engine that makes either 247hp in the base version or 271hp in the Performance model. Combine this with the significantly cheaper price, a way longer warranty and a very long list of standard kit that includes everything and you have to be a really stubborn badge-snob to not give it at least a second look.

Carwow delivers their first driving impressions of the new hot Hyundai i30N in their latest video linked below.


  • Bash

    What a great car. it does look amazing.

  • Six_Tymes

    seems like a great hatch. i hope its not over priced like the gti is. I wonder how this will sell next to their own up coming newly updated voloster?

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      This for the curves, a Veloster for the straight roads.

    • haudit

      In the UK, he basic, 247bhp version of the i30N is priced almost £4,000 lower than the cheapest, 227bhp version of the Golf GTI, and undoubtedly has a lot more equipment thrown in.

  • i30N

    Great video… Hey Carscoops, The EVO video on the i30N was even better….!

    • kello3000

      Thanks for the tip. A quote from Steve from that video:

      “I think the steering is better than in a [Renault] RS. I mean _forget_ compering this to something like a Golf GTI, this is _way_ more serious than a Golf GTI … in the way it just feels sorted.”

  • JDonn

    seems like a great hatch. i hope its not over priced like the gti is. I wonder how this will sell next to their own up coming newly updated voloster?

  • SteersUright

    Good on Hyundai. They’re taking more and more chances for the enthusiast and we’re grateful for it!

  • Six Thousand Times

    So, pretty good but not a hyper hatch. Nice, worth a look if you’re put off by high GTI prices.

    • seriously

      they never said it was supposed to be whatever a hyper hatch is…….

      • Six Thousand Times


  • Christian Wimmer

    Did he have to call the regular i30 “mediocre” at the end? The regular i30 isn’t aimed at driving enthusiasts. It’s a great value-for-money car for small families and people who want a stylish and fuel efficient city car. 🙂

    Is a regular Golf “mediocre”? 😉


    Now I wait for the Veloster N. At least, that’s what I think it will be called.


    • Matthijs

      I have no problems with understanding him..

  • Matthijs

    The i30N really seems to be good! I’m impressed. It actually looks quite good as well

  • pxsupply

    Will this be sold in the US?

    • Jason Miller

      No. But we’ll get the same drivetrain in the new Veloster N.

  • Enter Ranting

    The Hyundai is guaranteed to be more reliable than the GTi. I leased a new GTi that completely fell apart in six months.

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