- Inspired by the exhilaration of motorsports, the i30 N is Hyundai’s first high-performance car under the N line-up and boasts great features that give drivers the thrill of the track on regular roads.
Hyundai’s i30 family of vehicles is designed to be the South Korean manufacturer’s DNA cars in Europe. The i30 N joins the i30 five-door, the i30 Wagon and the i30 Fastback in the range but under the N brand, places emphasis on pure driver enjoyment.
The ‘N’ stands for Namyang, Hyundai Motor’s global Research and Development Centre in Korea and for the world-famous Nürburgring, home to Hyundai’s European Test Centre where the manufacturer’s models built on the continent are developed and tested. The i30 N underwent 10,000 km of driving on the Nordschleife at the Nürburgring circuit to test its durability.
The N symbol also has another meaning that speaks to the car’s track credentials. The letter is a depiction of a race chicane and represents the i30 N’s philosophy of translating the joy of negotiating winding motorsport tracks, to the fun of everyday road driving.
2017 saw the launch of the i30 N at a double world premiere in Düsseldorf, Germany. The high-performance model was revealed along with the i30 Fastback as the two latest members of the i30 range and has been met with positive reviews. The UK’s influential Top Gear was fulsome in its praise, hailing the i30 N as “a massive success,” while stating: “it’s got an edge. It’s nothing like any other Hyundai”. The publication also had warm words for the Hyundai model’s performance: “Drive it and you’ll be surprised how playful it is, how speed and suspension are so well matched, how it goes about its business with genuine enthusiasm.”
Let’s take a look at five ways the Hyundai i30 N stands out from the crowd.
Inspired by motorsport
The i30 N has benefitted directly from years of experience built up by Hyundai’s involvement in elite motorsport. Started in 2013 and based in Alzenau, Germany, Hyundai Motorsport was set up to develop a long-term motor sport programme and has competed in the FIA World Rally Championship with considerable success. Hyundai has been able to develop and refine the i30 N’s performance based on the knowledge gained across the gravel, sand, and ice tracks of the world’s rally circuits.
The i30 N’s design is based on true high-performance vehicles and boasts Hyundai’s signature Cascading Grille on the front. The sporty silhouette is emphasised by an aggressive-looking front and rear bumpers, and a new rear spoiler. Lower than the five-door version, the i30 N is aerodynamically designed to keep the body of the car firmly on the road and create the best possible driving experience.
Fun to drive
With the i30 N, Hyundai Motor is highlighting driving pleasure. The car has been developed with the aim of making the driver’s heart beat faster when hitting the road. This car likes to measure in heartbeats per minute rather than revs. The i30 N has five different drive modes; Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom settings selected which can be selected through two dedicated buttons on the car’s steering wheel. Specific attention has been paid to maximising enjoyment through key performance features such as handling corners, while the i30 N prides itself on being race track-capable.
It may be inspired by Hyundai’s motorsport innovations but a key theme of the i30 N is that of the ‘Everyday sportscar’ adaptable to the lifestyle of modern European drivers who negotiate the daily work commute or hit the motorways for driving retreats. That’s why the i30 N includes Apple CarPlay and Android Auto allowing users to connect their mobile devices and control features such as music and navigation functions on-screen. There’s wireless inductive charging (Qi standard) and seven-year free subscription to LIVE Services which displays on the 5.0-inch or optional 8.0-inch touchscreen.
Of course, for the track enthusiasts, the car is also capable of displaying information such as turbo boost and acceleration data. And the motorsport integration comes to the fore with a specific N screen mode that relays further info ranging from suspension, to steering, to exhaust sound.
The i30 N includes a class-leading safety package with advanced features such as Forward Collision-Avoidance Assist (FCA) which can issue alerts, automatically control the brakes and apply maximum braking force to avoid a collision or minimise damage.
Other safety systems include Lane Keeping Assist (LKA) which can automatically correct steering and High Beam Assist (HBA) which maximises the driver’s visibility while travelling at night. Intelligent Speed Limit Warning (ISLW) can read road signs and translate directly to the i30 N’s internal displays.
The i30 N has been available for European drivers to buy since January 2018 and two more Hyundai N models are set to be launched in the near future.