Hyundai I30 N hot hatch 2021 Review

We drive the Hyundai i30N on a road test review

Hyundai I30N – When Hyundai adds the letter N to the model name it means it is the performance version. The i30 N hatch releases in the second half of this year adds a hot hatch to the once dominant category that includes cars such as the Toyota Corolla.

Hyundai i30 N collage

Hyundai will soon release their small SUV KONA N, the smaller and lighter i20 N which has received rave reviews overseas and their i30 N Sedan

The i30 has 206 kW of power and nearly 400 Nm of torque.

It comes with an all-new 8 speed dual wet clutch transmission or a 6 speed manual which is actually slower in acceleration and uses more fuel.

Inside it has a large 10.25 inch infotainment screen although there is no heads-up display for the driver.

Hyundai have called it racetrack-capable and it would certainly do well on a track day.

It is priced from $44,500 plus on road costs.


Reworked suspension geometry and a bespoke Australian tune for the Electronically Controlled Suspension (ECS) complement the extra urge, along with larger front brakes – which are fed cooling air via new lower control arm guides.

Hyundai’s first factory developed ultra-strong forged 19-inch light-alloy wheels cut a combined 14.4kg from unsprung weight to enhance i30 N’s ride, handling and acceleration.

Leather and Alcantara-trimmed fixed-headrest N Light Seats in i30 N Premium variants provide body-hugging lateral support while trimming a further 2.2kg from the kerb weight.

Extra advanced safety comes in the form of new SmartSenseTM technologies, now standard in i30 N are the following:

  • Lane Following Assist (LFA)
  • Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW)
  • Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) – DCT variants
  • Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA-R) – DCT variants

Rounding out the upgrades are a new 10.25” Satellite Navigation multimedia system and the convenience of smart key pushbutton engine start as standard.

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto