Hyundai i30 N review - a great first try at hot hatch heroics - Hyundai i30 N performance and 0-60 time

A deeply impressive first attempt at a proper hot hatch. Fastback model adds to the i30 N's repertoire

Evo rating
Price
from £25,995
  • Fantastic fun but usable too
  • Could stand to be lighter, image may still be a problem for some

Performance and 0-60 time

In the realm of current hot hatchbacks the i30 N’s outputs almost seem undernourished, and with a reasonably hefty kerb weight they obviously won’t challenge some of the lighter, more powerful cars in the class – but nor are they remotely slow.

Subscribe to evo magazine

Subscribe today to our exclusive new offer and SAVE 39% on the shop price, get evo for its original cover price of £3.00 an issue, plus get a FREE gift worth £20!

In 247bhp spec the i30 N will hit 62mph from rest in a scant 6.4sec, while the Performance knocks a further three-tenths off that (regardless of whether it's the hatch or Fastback). All will reach a limited 155mph, and having driven the car on sections of derestricted autobahn, we’re confident in saying it would be capable of more if uncorked.

In our own performance testing, we recorded an i30 N Performance at 0-60mph (rather than 62mph) in 6.6sec, and 0-100mph in 14.9sec. Those numbers are respectively 0.1 and 0.3sec off a Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance, and 0.6 and 1.1sec off the significantly lighter and similarly powerful Peugeot 308 GTi by Peugeot Sport.

Advertisement
Advertisement - Article continues below

The Peugeot feels quicker on the road, too, but what neither of those rivals can match is the i30 N’s exhaust note, and the effect that has on your impression of speed. All Ns get electronic sound enhancement, but the Performance in particular has an active exhaust system that instantly makes it the best-sounding car in this class. It’s loud, raucous and perfectly judged to the car’s character, with pops and crackles thrown in for good measure (but, pleasingly, sounding far from synthesised, as they feel in several other cars).

The noise definitely enhances the average country road drive, and can be tailored to the Custom mode so you can switch it off when you want to fly under the radar. A firm, short-throw gearshift and good traction also both contribute to the entertainment factor of extending the N’s engine, while a reassuringly firm brake pedal pays dividends when it comes to shedding speed.

 

Advertisement
Advertisement

Most Popular

Visit/honda/civic-type-r/202099/honda-civic-type-r-limited-edition-revealed-amongst-range-wide-updates
Honda Civic Type-R

Honda Civic Type R Limited Edition revealed amongst range-wide updates

Our hopes have been addressed and more, as Honda launches two more Civic Type R versions at the top and tail of the range
20 Feb 2020
Visit/bmw/3-series/202267/new-bmw-m340d-xdrive-saloon-and-touring-revealed-with-516lb-ft-of-torque
BMW 3 Series

New BMW M340d xDrive Saloon and Touring revealed

BMW has released its range-topping black pump 3-series models, with a predictably impressive torque figure
20 Feb 2020
Visit/seat/leon-cupra/22765/new-2020-cupra-leon-revealed-cupra-hits-back-with-hot-hatch-and-estate
SEAT Leon Cupra

New 2020 Cupra Leon revealed

Cupra’s launched not just one, but a whole range of hot Leons to rival the rapidly expanding hot hatch class in 2020
21 Feb 2020
Visit/hyundai/i30-n-hatchback/201775/hyundai-i30-n-versus-hyundai-i30-tcr
Hyundai i30 N hatchback

Hyundai i30 N versus Hyundai i30 TCR

Can Dickie Meaden beat Steve Sutcliffe in a straight(ish) race? We sent them to the Circuit Nuvolari with a pair of Hyundai i30 Ns to find out.
20 Sep 2019