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We test the Hyundai i30 and i30 N Fastback, what is porta the last car to reach the segment?

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Hyundai has entered the segment of compact sports by the big door, putting on the market an alternative to the Renault Megane RS, SEAT Leon Cupra, with a very very nice dynamic. Hyundai N, the new division of sport Hyundai, we have shined the Hyundai i30 to offer us a Hyundai i30 N and a Hyundai i30 N Fastback that we’ve already had the chance to try to fund, what is better Hyundai i30 N? Is there any shade in your performance? Time to tell you all the details.

In the last few weeks we have had the opportunity to test both the Hyundai i30 N “normal” as the Fastback

The Hyundai i30 N had become one of those cars that to me are outstanding. Took a lot of time with a terrible desire to put it to the test, as is happening to me with the Alpine A110 and weeks ago I was able to take away my thorn. I got out of the Hyundai i30 N in the three days that accompanied me and to top it off shortly after, Hyundai invited me to get behind the wheel of a Hyundai i30 N Fastback.

With this uncertainty of how it will be addressed the hyundai brand in the segment of compact sports, with the desire to lead, under to the second floor of the garage Hyundai to run into a unit of red, and although I admit that I am more of a fan of the Performance Blue may not paint better the day after you press the start button and listen for the gross gurgling that comes out of your exhaust system.

Fixed the position of the seat, insert the first, neglect the garage of Hyundai and with the camera in tow I headed to the sierra, even nevada…

The Hyundai i30 N allows us to a great duality in the tuning of its chassis and in the motor response of grace to the different driving modes

I have read in the last few weeks very good comments on this Hyundai i30 N, and all the colleagues with whom I have spoken in trips, dinners, that had been tried had given me very good reasons to have my hopes pinned on this compact.

Trouble along the motorway to a cheerful rhythm with the intention of reaching as soon as possible to the stretch of road chosen for the occasion and the car circulates in silence and with a configuration relatively comfortable suspensions, feeling something hard but without excesses, while around me, most of controls known from other i30 “normal”, other models of the brand, while still obviously very early to talk about any type of impression, of consumption…

Practically to the foot of a mountain where one of my sections usual stop to eat something quick before you start to shoot the photos of this test, before you start to check what it is capable of this compact, a perfect time to review some of their specifications in the mobile phone and give a deeper look to its design.

About the role the dimensions of the Hyundai i30 N pass through a length of 4.335 mm, with a width of 1.795 mm and a height of 1.447 mm, and its battle 2,650 mm But I want to know your weight, I keep scrolling in the web of the brand and I find that on the scale of the Hyundai i30 N gives a weight of 1.49 kg, in Addition, your trunk is 381 liters.

The unit I’m driving is version Performance, with 275 HP, the most powerful option and that also puts at our disposal a series of elements in charge of making this i30 N a compact more effective in sporty driving, and is that this version comes with a limited-slip differential performed electronically, with a few brakes more capable, with discs of larger diameter and a 19-inch alloy wheels that are duly accompanied by a few tires Pirelli P Zero.

Under the hood, both versions, both the 250 HP as tested, the Hyundai i30 N 275 HP, equipped with a 4 cylinder engine, turbocharged, 2-liter of cubicaje and associated with a 6-speed manual transmission, although in the future, Hyundai tells us, openly, you could add an automatic transmission of double clutch. Between both versions, including the Hyundai i30 N of 275 HP and 250 HP there is, simply, a reprogramming of distance although as we mentioned the 275 HP also incorporates brake best, the differential…

Aesthetically the new bumper, side skirts, side diffuser, rear, spoiler, new exhaust system and tires define its design, a design that makes this Hyundai i30 N it look more sporty yes, but without going to extremes, without extravagance aesthetic, very much in the line of what happens with the Peugeot 308 GTI, the SEAT Leon Cupra or the Volkswagen Golf GTI. The paint Performance Blue helps a lot to leave claror valley that the Hyundai i30 that we drove is a i30 N, but our unit does not equips. The red will feel well yes but if you were thinking of buying a Hyundai i30 N I would take him on the blue specific to this version.

In its interior the steering wheel with the two buttons for selecting the different driving modes, the knob of the change and their seats become the main changes although we also found ourselves with a few pedals with metallic finish, with a new instrumentation and with a specific screen in your multimedia system. There are No frills in its finish, but their settings are good and in no time you have the feeling of being in an indoor poor. The seats contribute significantly to enhance the feeling of perceived quality.

I appeal to your trunk, which as we have seen before is 381 litres and I encounter with the particularity that on the back of the cabin, just behind the rear seats, there are now a reinforcing bar from one end to the other giving more rigidity to the assembly. I like these concessions to the sportsmanship that transcend the barriers of the usual.

I start and the serious sound of the exhaust re-done with the situation. The sound of the exhaust could not be better achieved, and despite the fact that backfiring has something of an exaggeration, as you seek the limits of the car, it becomes addicting and you cry, never better said, to force delays to hear more and more the gurgling of the engine of 2 liters. Hyundai has made a trabajazo with the sound of your exhaust, is an absolute blast, it sounds very very well and eye, not only sounds good his escape, on acceleration it is worth also to mention the noise of the intake.

But beyond their sound… how is the Hyundai i30 N?

Hyundai i30 N to test, impressions of their behavior

Select the most sporty of Hyundai i30 N and start the ascent. A succession of bends deserted the Hyundai i30 N dissects with a step-by-curve in the highlights greatly the firmness of the suspensions and that is, if in the normal mode it felt as hard, not uncomfortable, in this mode N, in the mode most sports, it goes to another level and becomes one of the compact sports toughest on the market, in fact in the areas in which the asphalt is something broken becomes a bit rebotón and by extension a little vague, but when the asphalt is in good condition… what a delight!

I have to recognize that in an area of the section with the asphalt very broken, I ended up looking more like effective the suspension in normal mode. It is true that the sport experience is greater with the more firm but this feeling does not mean that we are faster or that we are tackling better curves, but that is making us work, and that I obviously associate a car dry and hard with a sports car.

Together with this set of suspensions adaptive firm we find an address that is very communicative, with a good touch, a direct and a fundamental ingredient to perceive this car as the compact sporty fun that is.

The limited-slip differential acted electronically, it is noticed also in the turns more are closed, helping you to put the car on the drawn desired with a great effectiveness, but I have to admit I didn’t finish like all the violent pounding that receives the car from the front, trying to bring the 275 HP engine to the asphalt. Does your staffing brakes? Without paste some respond well, with a good strength and without apparent fatigue on this cold stretch of mountain.

This version of the 275 HP with a torque of 353 Nm, a torque that is available from 1,450 rpm up to 6,000 times and that, in practice, leaves us with an engine very full throughout the regime, with a great sense of push in all the circumstances, especially in the early stages. I like more the response of the block of 2 liters of the SEAT León Cupra , but is not, or much less, a bad engine, in fact it is a block of very energetic and has become one of the elements that I liked of this Hyundai i30 N, and that for the occasion, he also associated to a change that has a good touch and some routes correct and a tip system heel auto.

The set feels less light in the corner that the Peugeot 308 GTI or SEAT Leon Cupra, although this does not mean that I have seemed too heavy or awkward. Dynamically the set I liked a lot for how much fun it is and what you are involved in a sport driving, staying in a very balanced compared to other options in the segment. It seems to Me more fun than a Volkswagen Golf GTI or a Peugeot 308 GTI, both more suitable for the day-to-day, more civilized, and in another league, as far as sportsmanship is concerned, we have to put the Ford Focus RS, so that the Hyundai i30 N manages to position itself in a good middle point where stands for fun, for making us work looking for the tickle and a touch of badass in your exhaust.

At this stage of the stretch I find myself with a consumption medium in the on-board computer of 11.7 l/100 km, a consumption which happens to be close to 10 l/100 km in driving more normal. A few years ago I would have thought of it as a consumption right for a car of almost 300 HP, but I remember the SEAT Leon Cupra consumption below 9 l /100 km and this, of course, does not leave in good place, in which consumption is concerned, the Hyundai i30 N, on the other hand uses gasoline of 95 octane gasoline, something to keep in mind, for the sake of our wallet, if we think of the i30 as a car for everything.

I especially liked the Hyundai i30 N how different it feels to the rest of the sports that we had met before in the segment, is a car with personality that shines through in aspects such as the duality of his suspension, the sound, the delivery of the engine or the differential performance and that I think could be improved in aspects such as the consumption of your engine or on the ability of the front axle to take the power from the engine.

After this early comings and goings squeezing the Hyundai i30 N on the port of the Morcuera it comes time for photos, to slow down and devote ourselves to shoot the snapshots that accompany these lines. As you spend time with this Hyundai i30 N I’m taking a liking to the finish red of your body…

Testing the Hyundai i30 N Fastback

Weeks after testing the compact Hyundai called us to assist at the landing commercial of the Hyundai i30 N Fastback, a body that adds some handy additional to the Hyundai i30 N thanks to its larger trunk, reaching to offer a load capacity of 450 liters, but really do not buy this version for the litres of additional luggage, but by its design, distinct from the compact with a new drop ceiling, topped by a spoiler type lip before reaching a diffuser well accompanied by a dual exit exhaust.

This version is available only with the mechanics of 275 HP and Hyundai expect to enjoy a high demand, with a higher proportion than in the “normal” range of the Hyundai i30 N, but how are you going to really make this version of the Hyundai i30 N?

The Hyundai i30 N Fastback goes exactly the same as the compact, again finding ourselves with a motor very full if somewhat thirsty, again encountering the good tuning of the chassis that suffers from a few suspensions rather hard for more when the pavement becomes broken and improving, beyond the cargo capacity of your trunk, in a drag coefficient from 0.32 in the compact to the 0.297 of this Fatback but in practice it’s an improvement unnoticeable. In fact to make it more even possible the analysis of one and another, we have walked the same stretch, going from Morcuera to Navacerrada.

This version of the Hyundai i30 N is 12 kg heavier than the compact. Its height is reduced by 21mm, and its length grows to 4.455 mm but, as mentioned, the changes are in practice, in its dynamics, imperceptible and therefore, as mentioned, you will end up choosing between the Fastback or the compact function of their design.

How much is the Hyundai i30 N? What price is the Hyundai i30 N Fastback?

The Hyundai i30 N of 250 HP , has a price starting 35.100 euros and the version of the 275 HP from 39.250 euros, but, what about the Hyundai i30 N Fastback?

As we have mentioned before, this version is only available with the engine of 275 HP and has a starting price of 39.250 euros. Yes, the Hyundai i30 N Fastback is the same price as the compact so that, again, our decision about the body compact or the body Fasstback will be limited to an aesthetic issue.

These are therefore to this amount we will be able to deduct up to 6,000 euros if we we welcome all campaigns available, funding the purchase, providing you with a used car…

Conclusions on the Hyundai i30 N

I have No doubt that Hyundai has done a great job developing this Hyundai i30 N, giving it its compact enough to waste attitude, despite being the “new”, fight with the options that take years and years and years of leadership in the segment, such as the SEAT Leon Cupra or the Renault Mégane RS.

Despite having an aesthetic somewhat conservative, with the changes in fair, without flared wheel arches, no bumpers, overly aggressive, without a spoiler is exaggerated, its dynamics becomes full of personality, full of sportsmanship, full of “bad milk”, as we press the button “N”.

And is that after pressing this button does not find a suspension perhaps a bit hard of more (and says it a genuine burning) but that, despite us losing a few tenths of a second if the asphalt is not perfect to dress the sporty driving experience making it a lot more immersive, and transmitted more character to a shoot, very fun.

A good feel of the steering, brakes effective, and a limited-slip differential highly effective complete an experience in which the motor, long ago, filled with constantly, with a good feeling of power in a regime with very broad, with a great sense of push… But as a counterpoint feels a both gaston and will leave you, even in normal conditions, circulating normally, with consumption slightly higher than desirable for a car of this type.

So what I have liked most of the Hyundai i30 N is the funny thing that you feel in sporty driving, which is something that works greatly on your engine, your suspension, limited-slip differential and the sound of your exhaust and what I least liked is the fuel consumption of his engine and that the more sporty suspension becomes something, a bit, ineffective by its excessive hardness, a list in which we could also note the violence with which pulled the car out from a standing to fund or accelerating hard at low speed when leaving a curve.

But yes, Hyundai has done a great job with the Hyundai i30 N, has entered in the segment of compact sports by the big door, with a fun car, with a car with personality and character, and a server can not have more desire to see the upcoming launch of the Hyundai N, which it will be, according to evil tongues say, a Hyundai Tucson N ready to take on the Cupra Ateca.

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