Hyundai has not had a good track record when it comes to creating truly engaging, ambitious and fun cars to drive. That all changes now but with the arrival of the N i30, the company’s first real hot hatch and the first machine to develop under the direction of former boss of the BMW M division Albert Biermann for his new division N high performance
The new 2018 Hyundai i30 is the first Hyundai to introduce the new cascading grille that, as Hyundai’s European design director Thomas Buerkle said at the local launch, looks like molten metal. He also waxed lyrical about the thursting hood and the bob-tail back and the shape and shadows thrown across the car’s shoulder line giving it volume. And he’s right. And then there’s the hatchback that’s modeled on the back of the Tucson, something you’ll notice only after someone tells you about it. Beyond the new styling, the new i30 is 40mm longer than the old car, 15mm wider and 15mm lower across the roofline. And that’s something, according to the design boss, Thomas Buerkle, who was rejected by the engineers who wanted the roof line to be higher to create more margin. I will come back to this shortly.
From the boot, the i30 SR features a double-floor boot that offers 395 liters of storage space, non-SR models get a full-size replacement, while the SR gets a gain of place thanks to its multi-link buttocks. packaging issues (Hyundai wanted to maintain a full-size boot across the range); a full size spare part is available as an additional accessory, but prices were not available at the time of launch. Of course, adding a full-size replacement part will take up room at startup, but that would mean you would not have to put things in the trunk, creating a minimal boot-up lip (see the pictures below). below).
All other variants offer a unique floor boot with space saver underneath. Fold down the 60:40 folding seats, which is easily done by levers on the outer edge of the rear seats and the boot develops to 1301 liters. The seats do not fold flat, and if you have a SR with the double floor, you will have a lower section than the other, although it is easy to adjust, uh, raising the floor to its setting most high.
The i30 N features a high-performance version of the Hyundai 2.0-liter four-cylinder GDI, designed to deliver up to 276 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque when equipped with a set of optional performance. These numbers come out between Honda’s sporty Civic models, not to mention rivals such as Volkswagen GTI and Golf R. 0-62 mph is estimated at 6.1 seconds. The less powerful version of the i30 N still delivers 250 horsepower and the same torque, enough to reach 62 mph in 6.4 seconds.