Skip advert
Advertisement

Hyundai i30 N and i20 N axed

Production of petrol-powered Hyundai N hot hatches has come to an end in Europe, with electric N models picking up the baton

It’s official: Hyundai has announced the end of the fantastic i30 and i20 N models for the European market. The move follows the launch of its highly anticipated Ioniq 5 N EV, with the South Korean marque citing its push towards a zero local emissions line-up as the reason behind the cancellation of these popular performance models.

Advertisement - Article continues below

In an official statement, Hyundai said: ‘Production of the ICE N models has ceased for the European market starting from February, in line with our commitment to offering a zero-tailpipe-emission line-up to our customers by 2035 and to operating 100 per cent carbon neutrally by 2045. Going forward in Europe, Hyundai is developing Hyundai N as a pioneer of high-performance EVs. Our customers will benefit from technological developments that will make EVs even more attractive in the future.’

> Hyundai Ioniq 5 N review: complex, fascinating and brilliant in equal measure

While the i30 N was Hyundai’s very first attempt to break into the competitive hot hatch market, it was an outright success from the get go. An expertly balanced, engaging chassis made it one of the best models in its class right from its 2017 launch, with its engine providing plenty of turbocharged punch. With development led by ex-BMW M boss Albert Biermann, it should come as no surprise that the i30 N immediately stood toe-to-toe with the long standing Volkswagen Golf GTI. A 2021 facelift saw it receive a snappy dual-clutch transmission option, design and chassis tweaks and a strong uplift in output to 276bhp and 289lb ft of torque, helping it maintain its strong position in the segment.

In 2021 came the i20 N supermini, another bold move from Hyundai’s performance division, going head-to-head with the indomitable Fiesta ST. Small dimensions, low weight, a punchy 200bhp output and mind-boggling dynamic abilities made it a true rival to Ford’s iconic supermini. While it didn't sell in the same high numbers as its i30 N sibling, it certainly made its mark.

With the short-lived Hyundai Kona N long gone, Hyundai’s N department is left with only the all-electric Ioniq 5 N in 2024. While a fascinating, capable and truly engaging offering, it will be quite some task to replicate the pure, unadulterated thrills of the petrol-powered i30 N and i20 N.

Skip advert
Advertisement

Recommended

Hyundai i20 N (2021 - 2024) review – a cracking supermini hot hatch
Hyundai i20 N eCoty – front cornering
In-depth reviews

Hyundai i20 N (2021 - 2024) review – a cracking supermini hot hatch

An inspiring hot hatch from Hyundai N. Agile, and with a limited slip differential that offers superb mid-corner traction, it's a formidable Fiesta ST…
11 Apr 2024
Ford Focus RS Mk1 (2002 - 2003): a rally-inspired hot hatch icon
Ford Focus RS
Reviews

Ford Focus RS Mk1 (2002 - 2003): a rally-inspired hot hatch icon

It could be unruly but the hottest of the first-generation Focus models was a blisteringly quick and rewarding machine
11 Apr 2024
Hyundai i30 N Fast Fleet test – 8 months with the Korean hot hatch
Hyundai i30 N evo Fast Fleet
Long term tests

Hyundai i30 N Fast Fleet test – 8 months with the Korean hot hatch

The i30 N has been one of our favourite hot hatches ever since we first sampled it. It passed the long-term test with flying colours, too
9 Apr 2024
The new Audi S3 gets more power and RS3 tech
2024 Audi S3
News

The new Audi S3 gets more power and RS3 tech

Audi’s middling S3 hot hatch has been given an update for the 2024 model year, gaining powertrain tweaks, a design update and the RS3’s torque-splitti…
8 Apr 2024
Skip advert
Advertisement

Most Popular

Porsche Taycan Turbo GT Weissach Package review: two seats, 1020bhp and £186,300
Porsche Taycan Turbo GT – front
Review

Porsche Taycan Turbo GT Weissach Package review: two seats, 1020bhp and £186,300

We’ve driven the new, record-breaking Taycan Turbo GT – it’s astonishing in some ways but confusing in others
10 Apr 2024
Hyundai i30 N Fast Fleet test – 8 months with the Korean hot hatch
Hyundai i30 N evo Fast Fleet
Long term tests

Hyundai i30 N Fast Fleet test – 8 months with the Korean hot hatch

The i30 N has been one of our favourite hot hatches ever since we first sampled it. It passed the long-term test with flying colours, too
9 Apr 2024
Used car deals of the week
Main used car deals
Advice

Used car deals of the week

In this week's used car deals, we've sourced everything from a Mk1 Ford Focus RS to a Porsche Taycan
12 Apr 2024