Hyundai i30 Fastback N Keeps Driving Fun, Adds Practicality

Hyundai is pretty fresh in the whole “performance sub-brand” game, yet it is already offering no less than three sporty hatches prepped by its N division: the i30, Veloster and i30 Fastback.

It’s on sale in some global markets, except for North America, and combines the hot hatch feel of the i30 N with a different rear end design, which has opened up an extra 57 liters (2 cu-ft) of boot space, up to 436 liters (15.4 cu-ft). Thanks to the wide-opening tailgate, hauling large items won’t be a problem either.

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

The interior of the i30 Fastback N is almost identical to that of its hatchback sibling. There are some cheap plastics to complain about, but medium-sized passengers won’t struggle for head- or legroom on the rear bench. Moreover, the front seats are both comfortable and supportive, and the car comes nicely packed with most things drivers will ever need.

In Australia, it’s offered in two trim levels and as many optional packages, and uses the same 2.0-liter turbo four that produces 202 kW (271 hp / 275 PS) and 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) of torque, or 378 Nm (279 lb-ft) with overboost, as in other markets. It’s matched to a six-speed manual transmission that’s really sharp, but the range will be completed with a DCT ‘box a later this year.

CarTell came to appreciate the very precise steering, immense grip, better weight distribution and more comfortable ride compared to the i30 N five-door hatch – unless, of course, you select the ‘N’ driving mode, which stiffens up the suspension and makes everything more responsive, albeit at the expense of civility.

Thus, Hyundai actually puts a lot of pressure on the rest of the sporty compact cars on sale today by sending a very clear message that the i30 Fastback N is… come to think of it, we’ll let you find out by watching the video.

 

  • Dude

    What the hatchback version not already practical?

  • Karl

    Something about a lady driver and a stick..

  • Craig

    This is the one I would want.

  • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

    a beauty car, to bad its not imported to my country do to high price and lov demand.

Recall Alert: The Driver Airbag In Your 2019 Honda CR-V Could Deploy Unexpectedly

The issue has led to three alleged injuries and has made Honda prompt a recall.

Carlos Ghosn Appears In Japanese Court For Pre-Trial Hearings

Carlos Ghosn could face up to 15 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

Brabham To Follow Up BT62 With Street-Legal Supercar

The new Brabham will be more approachable, and affordable, than the track-only BT62.

FCA Will Invest $4 Billion In Brazil To Regain Market Share

Fiat was once the highest-selling automaker in Brazil but now sits in third place.

McLaren Admits Avalanche Of Blunders Cost It Dearly At Indy

Showing up without a steering wheel (!) for the first test was the start of their many issues.

Concrete Barrier Saves Cammer From Inbound Out-Of-Control Truck

The truck driver begun losing control for no obvious reason before sliding towards the median.

Dodge Demon Is No Threat To Tuned, 1000 HP Corvette ZR1

Hennessey Performance has also created and even even crazier ZR1 package with 1200 hp.

Renting A Car For Your Summer Vacation Might Get You… Arrested?

Errors processing returned rental cars could result in customers being given a car reported as stolen.

Nissan Leaf Gets The Autech Makeover In Japan

Autech’s version of the Leaf features exclusive styling updates and will go on sale in Japan next month.

Kahn’s Tuned Range Rover Costs More Than A New Bentley Bentayga

This Range Rover V8 LWB is offered for sale by the British tuner at £139,999.