Korean cars have come a (very) long way from the horrible Daewoos of the early 2000s to the modern-day Kias and Hyundais, and now include performance models as well.
One of them is the new Hyundai i30 N, a compact hot hatch that wants to lure some customers away from rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI, with a few aggressive yet discreet touches on the outside and a sporty interior.
The i30 N is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter petrol four that’s mated to a six-speed manual transmission. The unit is offered in two versions, with 250PS (246hp) as standard and 275PS (271hp) with the Performance Pack, allowing the car to reach 100km/h (62mph) from a standstill in 6.4sec and 6.1sec, respectively.
Additionally, Hyundai’s hot hatch also features a variable exhaust valve system, adaptive suspension with five different driving modes, bigger brake discs, an electronic limited-slip differential and 19-inch alloys shod in Pirelli P-Zero rubber.
So, in theory, the Hyundai i30 N has the credentials to challenge some well established names in the segment, and make for an interesting daily driver, too. But what’s it like from the driver’s seat? Why, quite exciting actually, filled with lots of deep sounds, as the POV drive video posted by AutoTopNL reveals.