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Hyundai has updated its i30 N hot hatch with a range of mechanical and visual upgrades, including the option of an automatic transmission for the first time.

Set to begin deliveries in the coming weeks in both regular hatchback and Fastback bodystyles, from £33,745 and £34,495 respectively, the revised Volkswagen Golf GTI rival has been given updated styling that brings it more closely in line with the recently facelifted regular i30, while greater use of lightweight materials aims to improve agility. 

Both i30 N variants retain the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which in the UK is offered only in its most potent, 276bhp form with the Performance Package. For 2021, however, buyers have the option of specifying a new eight-speed dual-clutch (DCT) automatic (£35,695 for the hatchback and £36,445 for the Fastback), complete with steering wheel-mounted paddle-shifters.

The i30 N Performance gets a 5bhp power increase over the outgoing car, along with a torque boost to 289lb ft, allowing for 0-62mph in 5.9sec - 0.2sec faster than the old model. Top speed is still electronically capped at 155mph.

98 Hyundai i30 n 2021 official track rear

DCT-equipped cars get a new N Grin Shift mode, which provides 20sec of turbocharger overboost and maximum transmission response when activated using a button on the steering wheel. All versions retain the customisable driving modes seen in the original car, including the user-defined N Custom setting that provides greater control over engine, suspension, steering and transmission response, as well as exhaust sound. 

Performance models come equipped with an electronically controlled limited-slip differential, recieve larger (360mm) front brakes and ride on newly developed 19in alloy wheels and Pirelli P-Zero rubber, which reduce unsprung mass by 14.4kg compared with the standard 18in alloys. The suspension and steering have both been retuned as a result of this weight loss.

Inside, the i30 N can now be ordered with N Light sports seats, which are 2.2kg lighter than the standard items. An optional 10.25in touchscreen infotainment system supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with the latest version of Hyundai's Bluelink connected car services. 


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95 Hyundai i30 n 2021 official dashboard

The active safety systems have also been upgraded with pedestrian detection collision avoidance, lane-following assistance and blindspot collision prevention, the latter exclusive to DCT-equipped cars.

“Since its market introduction three years ago, the i30 N has proved hugely popular with drivers seeking high-performance driving thrills,” said Albert Biermann, Hyundai's head of research and development. “With a range of performance and design enhancements, including our N DCT technology, the new i30 N is even more fun to drive, whether on the road or the race track.”

Last September, Hyundai said it had sold more than 25,000 examples of the i30 N in Europe since the model's introduction in 2017.


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xxxx 5 May 2021

@ian, in which case don't get carried away on bling and dont spend 10k on extras. Bear in mind an auto box on the hyundai is 25 percent more than the gti.

ianp55 29 April 2021

It's gone up a bit in price and the power has been slightly raised but it's excellent value for what it is,for the price there isn't much in the way of options as it is so well equpped. When the price is compared to a Golf GTI where the list price stated is just the starting point,it's easy to get carried away with the options and add £10k to the price

si73 29 April 2021
Agree the price has crept up but how much of that is because they've ceased bringing us the apparently slow selling 250bhp version and now only offer the higher spec performance version with the higher output? Iirc the lower powered version was well regarded by this magazine.
As xxxx says this is now more than a golf GTi, and it is, if only by a little, but it's also more powerful as the previous non performance 250bhp version would have been more golf GTi comparable, however it's still cheaper than the club sport golf so is still comparably good value, if over £30k can be considered such.
But it doesn't seem that long ago that these were closer to £25k and a type R £30k. Its all mad money now for new cars.