We Drive The Hyundai i30 N: What Would You Like To Know?

The Hyundai i30 N has probably been the most talked-about hot hatch of the last 12 months. Eager to see what this pocket rocket is all about, we reached out to Hyundai for a one-week loaner.

However, before we get too familiar with the car, we want you to Ask Us Anything about the i30 N. Does it look good in person? How does it sound? Is it fast? Does it handle well? It’s up to you what you want to ask and during our full review of the car coming soon, we’ll try and answer as many of your questions as possible.

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

The first thing to note is that the i30 N is not sold stateside. This is a real shame as it is undeniably one of the must-have performance cars of the moment, but for what it’s worth, those in the United States can buy the Veloster N. We’re yet to get any seat time in that one, but suspect it drives in quite a similar fashion to its hatchback sibling.

In Australia, the Hyundai i30 N is sold exclusively in ‘Performance’ guise and can’t be purchased in the 250 hp form that’s sold alongside it in other markets. We’re not complaining, however, as that means the 2.0-liter turbocharged four pumps out a meaty 271 hp or 202 kW in Aussie-form. Torque sits at 353 Nm (260 lb-ft) but that increases to 378 Nm (278 lb-ft) on overboost. Power is sent through the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission and an electronically controlled limited-slip differential.

We won’t reveal too much about how the car drives just yet; suffice to say, it is one of the most enjoyable cars we’ve driven in quite some time. Stay tuned for more.

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  • Holmer_k

    So, since it’s not sold here, how does it compare to the Veloster N besides having an extra door.

    • Jason Miller

      It’s heavier for one.

  • Mr. EP9

    What is it like to drive? I want one of these but I can’t get it so I must know what I’m missing out on.

    • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

      I’m assuming you’re in the US?

      Go drive a Veloster N which is the same package, different wrapper. I drove one two months ago at Summit Point and it was a blast.

  • Alduin

    I want to know why Hyundai didn’t bring this here,yet we have the dumb Veloster instead. Hyundai should make this AWD and bring it here.

    • Jason Miller

      They only sell the Veloster N in Korea too of all places, so we’re not the only ones getting shafted. It’s all about how they want to market their image in certain places. Nowhere on this planet are the two cars sold together.

  • Alduin

    I want to see the wagon version too.

  • Jawohl

    Does it feel as cheap as it looks?

  • Alpina

    We need a mega test with i30N, Golf GTI, new Megan RS, new Focus ST, Honda Type R and a 308 Gti with objective stand on how it drives on public roads and which is more fun on track with prices. People are biased to brands IMO, but a full comprehensive test would switch a buyer or two.

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  • Salih Ahzem

    Is suspension too harsh on other than perfect road surfaces? I know this is not a cruiser but if it is a proper a hot hatch, it needs to be a bearable daily driver… Those large wheels do a good job of ironing out the bumps normally?

  • William Moran

    Just wondering what defect will occur and cause a recall. Its seems Hyundai motors are going up in flames for no reason. Its always one thing or another. So much drama with Hyundai and Kia.

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