Hyundai keeps things reasonably simple with the i30 N, so your only big decision is whether to go for the Performance Package.

For £3000 extra, it brings the larger wheels and Pirelli tyres, the limited-slip differential, variable exhaust, a chunk more power and assorted luxuries such as leather seats, so we’d encourage you to beg, steal or borrow if that is what’s required.

Hyundai will hope that, in time, its N badging will command a similar type of reverence as the preceding letter of the alphabet does for a certain German firm

Thus equipped, the Hyundai still undercuts the base Golf GTI, and that’s the remarkable thing about this car, especially as the driving experience is in several aspects superior to the VW’s.

Consider also that wireless phone charging, parking sensors, DAB radio, keyless entry, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and sat-nav delivered through an 8.0in touchscreen are also included.

Residual forecasts for the i30 N have yet to be established but it is likely to trail those of more established rivals.

That leaves prospective buyers in a tricky position: save now and potentially lose more later, or spend bigger, or go for a less-compelling alternative.


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