By unveiling the i30 Fastback N at the 2018 Paris Auto Show, Hyundai wanted to combine the performance of a traditional hot hatch with the versatility of a compact five-door saloon.
The Fastback N claims to offer the best of both worlds with a sleek design and a 2.0-liter turbo-four that powers the front wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox.
The engine puts out 275 PS (271 hp / 202 kW) and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque, allowing the car to sprint to 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) in 6.1 seconds. Top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).
Making the experience more pleasant is the N Grip Control, a system that grants access to one of the five driving modes. Normal and Eco should be considered during the daily commute, whereas Sport and N will transform the way it handles and feels. Finally, there’s a Custom mode that allows the driver to personalize each aspect to their liking.
One of the first reviews of the i30 Fastback N comes from AutoTrader, who found the interior quality to be okay, but not on par with the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The 8-inch infotainment is easy to use, thanks to the physical buttons, and there’s a decent amount of space.
On the go, the car feels sporty and the six-speed manual gearbox is a joy to use, with short travel and a rev matching function. The good grip will encourage drivers to search for a remote twisty road, and once they start pushing, the quick steering comes to life.
Overall, the new i30 Fastback N seems like a well sorted package, but for further details, you can watch the video that follows after the break.