Hot, hot Hyundai!
As their first vehicle in the N range, the foundation of expectation is to be set with their newest hot hatch, the i30N. It’s based on the well-loved i30 which has been continued in South Africa, but the i3oNis an updated and hyped-up version and for good reason to. Although its bit pricey, especially for a budget-conscious brand such as Hyundai, it is understandable due to many reasons. Firstly, the i30N is a limited edition and Hyundai plans on manufacturing a really small quantity for the South African market. (This will also offer the buyer exclusivity). Furthermore, it’s fully packed with all the necessary equipment incorporated as standard. When buying it, you don’t have to add on any features and so the base price might be high but it most probably won’t be going up more.
This hot hatch is, in my opinion, not directed to a certain demographic or age group, rather to a certain type of individual- the person who likes speed and spirited drives. It offers plenty of exhilaration and exclusivity which makes it extremely attractive to buyers.
At a first, brief glance I mistook this hot hatch for a newer, bigger i10 or i20. That’s how subtle and minimalistic its sporty styling is, which I find to be extremely refreshing! But on closer inspection, I was pleasantly surprised to find attractive racy accents as well. From the front the Hyundai i30n is racy but in a subtle manner with a black honeycomb grille, air intakes and a thin, daring red line running through the bottom of the bumper. The racy nature is a bit more evident in the rear with strong lines, a roof spoiler, twin exhausts and the signature red line. This hot hatch is dropped (would it even be a racer if it wasn’t?) and this is aided by a stunning set of 19-inch alloys. LED headlights are enhanced with an automatic On/Off Function, a Static Bending feature and Daytime Running while the rear benefits from LED Combination lights and fog lights for brighter illumination at night.
The subdued styling is also noticeable in the cabin and the down tuned interior is complimented by the straight forward design. The seats are cushy and keep you secured, even when going through tight turns. The driver and front passenger seats benefit from an Electric Drivers Seat Adjustment, electric lumbar support, Integrated Memory System and heating. Let’s not forget to mention them being clad in a leather and suede combo which contrast gorgeously with the blue stitching. The driver seat is low-slung, which makes every trip feel like a cruise rather than a drive, and keeps you firmly planted in your seat. The interior of the i30N feels quite spacious for a hatch considering the 381-litre boot (1 287-litres with the rear seats folded). This is due to clever designing and features such as a panoramic moon roof that opens the cabin up significantly. Overall, the i30N’s cabin is simplistic but attractive, what more do you need?
An 8-inch infotainment system is equipped with auxiliary and USB inputs, Bluetooth with Voice Recognition and four speakers and two tweeters for some good doof doof and boom boom moments. For the summery days, air conditioning and Dual Climate Control with separate controls for driver and passenger can be found in this Hyundai and if that’s not enough, you can roll down the windows in style thanks to all round electric windows with Electric Window Jam Protection in addition to One Touch Auto Up and Down feature. For more comfort and convenience, there is also Cruise Control, Park Assist with a rear camera and dynamic guidelines, front and rear power sockets, Smart Key with Push Button Start and Wireless Phone Charging.
ABS, EBD, Electronic Stability Program, Electronic Limited Slip Differential and Hill Assist Control are a few of the driving aids found in this hot hatch. There is also a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System, An airbag system and ISOFIX child seat anchorage. Furthermore, the structure of the vehicle has been fortified with Crumple Zones, Side Impact Protection Beams, Uni-body Construction and a Stabiliser Bar. An alarm system, Central Locking, Impact Sensing Door Unlock, Remote Keyless Entry and a Transponder Immobiliser will protect this hot, hot hatch from sticky fingers.
Now for the fun part… the Hyundai i30N has a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine that generates 202kW of power and 353Nm of torque which does wonders in creating adrenaline-filled, tyre-squealing excitement. The i30N sends power to the wheels via a six speed manual transmission for a playful drive and that it certainly offers with essence. The downside of this is fuel consumption, with an 8.5-litres per 100km the i30N is quite thirsty considering it is still a hatch. Hyundai did accommodate for this with intuitive technologies such as Intelligent Stop and Go. It wouldn’t be a hot hatch if it doesn’t have all the exciting gadgets like Launch Control and Exhaust Sound Selection and I’m pleased to announce you will definitely be listening to this zipster’s rumbling exhaust sounds. Driving modes makes this vehicle highly customisable and it is easy to drive thanks to its sharp steering (that performs great through tight corners and corkscrew turns) and an adaptive suspension.
Where to find it
If this hot Hyundai has caught your eye and you would like to experience its delicious grumbles, visit www.hyundai.co.za now!
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Journalist: Desh Bechan
Transcriber: Nita Stadler