Tom Cave Reviews the Hyundai i30 Fastback N

The Hyundai i30 Fastback N turns more heads then the hatchback and is every bit as quick. I have had the car for 2 months covered 3k on the clock (yes 3K but that did include a trip to Galloway in Scotland and the car was used for team personal on Wales Rally GB) The large 19-inch wheels wrapped in sticky Pirelli P-Zero tyres and an F1-style fog light in the middle of the rear bumper. There’s also a discrete lip spoiler at the back and the whole car sits lower on performance suspension.

The sporty inside with red stitching just about everywhere, an N-branded steering wheel with shortcut buttons to the driving modes, supportive sport seats, black headliner and an instrument binnacle with a special dial to show you the optimal time to shift up I like this rally style touch..

Infotainment system with sat-nav and smartphone connection as standard which is an easy to use system with crisp graphics but its zoom-in feature is too slow to react at times. In the boot, you also have a strengthening brace that runs from one wheel well to the other side. Which gives the car a real track day feel.

As for passenger space, you can get comfortable upfront in the i30 Fastback N without much fuss thanks to standard electric seat adjustment. I am over 6 foot and have no problems with getting the perfect seat position.

i30 Fastback N is a 2.0-litre petrol engine making 275hp, 370nm torque. It’s a great engine for a performance car thanks to it’s linear and near-instantaneous power delivery. In normal driving, the 2.0-litre engine is fairly economical and I was cruising around with 30mpg comfortably. You will get 300 miles out of a tank (270 miles when you are having fun) Fill the tank with V power and smiles per mile will increase rapidly..

The i30 Fastback N is huge fun and incredibly easy to drive fast. But fear not, thanks to selectable driving modes you can relax the suspension and mute the exhaust for a long motorway trip so there are no issues if you plan to use your Fastback for long commutes. Believe it or not there are over 1000 different configurations of the suspension, engine, exhaust, steering, chassis all combined..

Outcome...

I have driven both I30N models, for me there isn’t much in it between the 2 models! They are both huge fun to drive. Practically would decide your fate...


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