Hyundai i30 Fastback N Is More Practical Than The Hatch, But Is It As Exciting?

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).

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

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.


  • Rocket

    I typically prefer a traditional hatch, but this is one seriously handsome 5-door. It’s a shame we’ll never see them on American roads.

    • Karter Harmon-Wilkening

      Thinking the same thing. This would make a great addition to the Elantra family.

      • J. P.

        Hyundai Elantra Fastback, has a nice ring to it

      • Mill0048

        To me it looks a bit taller than an Elantra too. So it might be a good ‘tweener vehicle for those not ready to commit to a crossover, but want more than a sedan.

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    I wish they play some background music. It really makes the review interesting and the car even better…

  • khc

    “Hyundai wanted to combine the performance of a traditional hot hatch with the versatility of a compact five-door saloon.”
    A 5-door liftback is more versatile than a true hatch? Is this sentence supposed to make sense?

  • This vs the type r?

  • Thoraxschrauber

    Exciing? a Hunday? wtf have I missed??

    • AnEmptyStreet

      About 10 years apparently. Hyundai got serious about performance cars around 2008 with the Genesis coupe that was eventually available with a 348hp V6 and a 160mph top speed, along with RWD, fully independent suspension, and manual gearbox.


  • Matteo Tommasi

    How can a sedan be more pratical than a hatch. The lower end takes away praticality, it’s basic geometry

    • Dude

      I think they meant to refer to the Veloster N. Also this is technically a hatchback (liftback) as well.

    • Rocket

      It’s a liftback, not a conventional sedan (1:48).

      • Matteo Tommasi

        But still you can’t put a big box in it because of the roofline

    • Able

      It’s not a sedan, it’s a Liftback – something you yanks have no concept of.

      • Matteo Tommasi

        I’m italian AND even if it’s a liftback you can’t put a big box in it because of the roofline

      • Dude

        Lol what? Liftbacks have existed in the US since the 70s

  • Able

    Why would it be more exciting when it’s the same car, just with a different roofline? What a stupid headline.

  • Randy Terpstra

    Send it over already, for Pete’s Sake!

    Folks may scoff that it’s a Hyundai, but if it’s a good to drive, as reviewers say it is, bring it on. There can never be enough choices, when it comes to efficient fun cars to drive.

    • Eric Sin-Chan

      ^This. And I wish they would also bring the i20 to the US and Canada (including the Mazda2 hatchback and Kia Picanto, enough of the freakin’ SUVs/CUVs already)

  • blunt-o

    A new VW GTI which comes with a factory 7 year warranty beats them all. VW Reliability problem solved.
    You’re left with the best value “Driver’s car” compact your money can buy.

    • Jason Miller

      Hyundai – 10 year, 100k

    • bryceee

      You buy a new car to drive.
      Not to be spent in the workshop under warranty repairs.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Good luck with the reliability problem solved from VAG.
      They can do very little right at the moment.

    • khc

      “Problem solved”? The factory warranty is great. Unfortunately (as with the other manufacturers), the factory doesn’t fix cars: independent dealers do. And they would always prefer to fill their precious service bays with “cash customers.”

  • Loquacious Borborygmus

    Wait! Isn’t this a coupé?
    Other manufacturers call their five door cars that…

  • Bill Nguyen

    Over here, we’re too, uh, smart, to buy a car as practical and fun as this.

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