Let’s Take The 275PS Hyundai i30 N Out For A Spin, Shall We?

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.


  • Craig

    This is the ‘hot-hatch’ that I would buy.

  • Benjamin B.

    Volkswagen, Renault, and Ford better watch out

  • Matt

    Those door cards look really cheap. Otherwise, nice car.

    • Obsequious Lickspittle

      Not the reason to buy but that interior is so black and DULL.

  • Bash

    This is really good.

  • salamOOn

    very long way? i think its completely opposite…. they are evolving very quick.

  • Dennis James

    It’s just too ugly to actually attract customers.

    • Infinite1

      It’s a pretty decent looking car to me, not the best looking, but by far not ugly and it’s not as bad as the Hyundai Veloster. I can respect your opinion though, to each his own

  • Infinite1

    The U.S. needs this hatch

  • SteersUright

    Looks like it would compete well with a 8 year GTi. Close, but not quite there yet.

    • alexxx

      And you can say that just by watching this video?
      Well done professor 😀

      • SteersUright

        Yes doctor, and entirely by using my god-given eyeballs. Stunning, I know, I was actually able to ascertain that the appearance inside and out compares well with an older generation Golf. I can also tell you, using my ears alone, the engine note of this Hyundai is quite decent though. All from just a single video. Amazing skills eh?

        • alexxx

          I saw Superman only in a movie, didn’t know there is one in real life😂😂😂😂😂

          • SteersUright

            Lmao, nice to meet you. Always gotta make time for the fans…

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