2018 Hyundai i30 N Review; Better Than Focus RS?

2018 Hyundai i30 N Review; Better Than Focus RS?

Here is our comprehensive review of 2018 Hyundai i30 N features, redesign, horsepower, engine specs, fuel economy, interior, price and release date.
The New Hyundai i30 N has carefully prepared its entry into the selective segment of the sports compacts. With a technical data sheet at the reference level such as the Peugeot 308 GTi, it allows itself to display a real character. Here comes a Korean who gives a smile!

On the niche of sports compacts, it is rather rare to see a new competitor landing. However, Hyundai does not arrive here by chance. This foray into sports terrain can be seen as an extension of its commitment to WRC since 2014, allowing it to reinforce a little more its brand image. The Korean firm has also created for the occasion its own sports label N, referring to both the Nürburgring circuit on which the cars are developed, as well as Namyang where the Centre for Research and Development of the brand is located.

The first car to wear this badge, the i30 N intends to rub on the established references, such as the Peugeot 308 GTI or Volkswagen Golf GTI. If the thing could have smiled a few years ago, we quickly realize that the approach of Koreans is very serious and that large rims, air intakes, spoiler and double exhaust outlets are not here just for decoration. The i30 did not come here to laugh. And yet, who would have thought that she would give us so much smile …

Price Hyundai i30 N 2018

The prices of the Hyundai i30 N have not yet been fixed, but it is announced “around the 35 000 €” and should according to our information exceed very little this level. However, with 163 g/km of CO2 announced, the ecological Malus is quite important and adds € 3 290 to the note.

As with Koreans often, the list of options is minimized and includes only metallic paints (Micron Gray or Phantom Black at €600) or special paint (Performance Blue of our test model and Engine Red at €200).

The equipment is also very complete, including full-LED projectors with automatic traffic lights, 8-inch touch screen navigation, induction charging of mobile phones, reversing camera, or the upholstery Leather/Alcantara. The i30 N benefits from more specific characteristics of its athletic status, such as the five driving modes, the limited electronic slip differential, the Rev matching system (automatic heel-tip) and the adaptive suspension.

Test Drive the i30 N

As far as to say frankly: The installation on board this 2018 Hyundai i30 N does not cause a particular shiver, the presentation remaining quite similar to the other versions. And if the specific bucket seats offer a very good hold, the driving position appears a little high. However, all of this goes to the second level from the first few meters, and we quickly realize that this compact is much more generous than it seems.

The ideally firm direction offers a very good feeling of the pavement and perfectly marries the front gear biting and precise. The latter benefits greatly from the self-locking differential and is rarely allowed to go to the understeer. In addition, each report pass is a treat, thanks to a direct and straightforward box control, not to mention the automatic point-of-heel system (Rev matching), very well designed. Thus, by calibrating its controls and the way it has to involve the driver, this Hyundai has almost nothing to envy a Honda Civic Type R. Which is not the least of the compliments!

As if this were not enough, the 2.0 turbo engine of 275 HP also participates in the beautiful approval of this sport, with good times at low-speed thanks to a generous couple (353 nm up to 378 nm with the overboost) but also the furious climbs in the top of the tachometer. With a 0 to 100 km/h shot in 6.1 s, the performance is above the segment average. The sound of this block has been reworked, adding a little “rally” side rather pleasing without ever being deafening. It is noted in this regard the tasty pétarades of the exhaust at each downshift when one is in mode N, which have however the good taste not to fall in exaggeration, like the permanent fireworks of a Ford Focus RS.

The five driving modes (Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom) selectable via the two keys on the steering wheel allow this car to offer a beautiful versatility, playing on the engine response, the sound to the exhaust, the steering, the suspension Adaptive and electronic differential. The comfort of suspensions can thus be perfectly suitable in Normal mode and harden up to mode N, without it becoming too uncomfortable. Finally, although the slides of the rear train are not on the programme, the i30 N shows a great agility in the winding, giving the desire to chain the


The 2018 Hyundai i30 N interior presentation does not change too much from that of other i30 and shows almost too sober, besides the quality of finish, although very correct, remains less neat than on the Volkswagen Golf and Peugeot 308. The two grey keys Drive Mode and n allow you to choose between Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom modes. The N is the most pleasant in sports driving. The i30 N features specific leather and Alcantara bucket seats, which offer a good fit, and bring a small touch of exclusivity to the cockpit. The gearbox control is arguably one of the most successful in this segment, with its short deflections and firm Locks. While the current mode is digital instrumentation, the i30 N retains analog meters. And we will not complain!

Hyundai i30 N Rivals

Although it can not fight with the integrals of the category (VW Golf R, Ford Focus RS) or even with the radical Honda Civic Type R in terms of performance, the Hyundai i30 N is placed in the heart of the segment of the sports compacts by its level of power. She thus finds herself facing a wide range of competing valiant, from the Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance (245 hp) to the Seat Leon Cupra (300 hp), via the Ford Focus ST (250 hp), the PEUGEOT 308 GTI (270 hp) or even the new Renault Megane R.S. (280 CH).

By its price, which should be very close to 35 000 €, it becomes more accessible than the Golf GTI Performance (36 300 €) While this one is less powerful and less efficient. The 308 GTi, whose characteristics are very comparable, enjoys its superior standing to display more than €3000 more expensive (38 700 €). An extra cost which it nevertheless catches up with its very low malus (€410). Only the Focus ST is more modest on the rate plan, with 29 200 € claimed.

The fiercest competitor of the i30 N could well be the final Seat Leon Cupra which, despite its additional 25 HP, is displayed at an equivalent rate (35 160 €) and is less penalized by its malus (€2453 against €3290 for the i30 N). And if the latter does not offer the same character to the driving, it enjoys a very strong image.

Conclusion Review

One would have thought that Hyundai would start off smoothly on this segment of sports, with an efficient but more versatility-oriented self than on sensations. It is not and it is apparent from the tub of this i30 n with the feeling of having led one of the most sympathetic cans of the market. The Korean compact is really not stingy in sensations and involves its rider as few of its competitors do. Hyundai is the only one who has to publicize his sport and demonstrate his great qualities to the public. For it is undoubtedly the lack of image that could be the biggest handicap of this i30 N to know the success.

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