2019 Hyundai I30 N Line Video Review

Hyundai N Line is a new name for the mid-range SR model

Hundai i30N Fastback 2019Is Hyundai i30 N Line good, or great?

Hyundai N Line is a new name for the mid-range SR model. Hyundai are using the halo effect created by the range topping i30N to give the rest of the i30s a touch of go-quick gravitas.

This manual N Line costs $26,490. Adding a 7 speed DCT dual clutch automatic costs a further 3 grand. That $3,000 also includes safety features like blind spot monitoring, driver attention warning and lane keep assist. That uses the electric steering to keep you centred in the lane. Its strange that the manual versions can’t get this as an option.

Those features are available as a $1,750 option on the lower models, and come standard in the upper models. It’s an odd marketing choice. For another $5,500, you can get an N Line Premium which comes only in a DCT. Having said that, 90% of the cars sold in Australia are automatics of one kind or another.

What’s peculiar to N Line. Well, the old SR models got a bit of an N tweak. There are a few cosmetic additions such as N Line exclusive front grille and bumper with a silver lower insert. Let’s get to the meat and potatoes. N Line has a punchy 1.6L petrol turbo with 150kw and 265Nm of torque. Up front we have Macpherson struts, with Multi-link at the back. They have been tuned uniquely for Australian conditions.

But is it any good? I30 has excellent road manners.

150kw was once considered a hot hatch. My old Sandman panel van had a 4.2L gas-guzzling V8. It sounded awesome but had a mere 125kw. Steering is delightfully easy. The same goes for brakes. In fact that is i30’s strength, it is so normal. Ride, even on 18” wheels is smooth but I really want to spend a few moments on manual transmission.

It is unbelievably easy to use. The throw is short and sweet and the clutch needs a mere wasp breath of pressure. But, there is a drawback. Those nifty safety gadgets only come with the auto, so, and I can’t believe I am saying this, find the extra shekels for the automatic.

Because of the peculiar way Hyundai has packaged safety gadgets like Blind spot monitor, to the transmission, the DCT is the only choice. I30 scored 5 ANCAP safety stars in 2017 and comes with autonomous emergency braking but again, the AEB only applies to DCT models.

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2019 Hyundai I30 N Line
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Hyundai N Line is a new name for the mid-range SR model. Hyundai are using the halo effect created by the range topping i30N to give the rest of the i30s a touch of go-quick gravitas.

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