2018 Hyundai i30 N Review
You should know that while the 2018 Hyundai i30 N isn’t the fastest offering from the well-known company, it does make up for it by giving you an exceptional driving experience. Let’s see what more the 2018 Hyundai i30 N, the first product from the company’s N performance division, has to offer and what you can also expect from the Hyundai Veloster N down the line.
The 2018 Hyundai i30 N is likely to catch the eye of people who’ve been waiting for an old-fashioned performance hatchback. As a hatchback, this automobile has a pristine quality when it comes to its exterior. It’s not ‘soft’ enough to not look powerful and isn’t ‘bulky’ enough to be considered as a muscular car. Hyundai has found the right balance between the two and it looks gorgeous. The front LED headlights have an angular shape, almost catlike, and rest on both sides of the wide-gapped grille. The 18-inch wheels are a standard. You can increase them to 19-inch wheels through the Performance version. In the rear, you’ll notice two-exhaust pipes which is an understandable feature due to the car’s performance.
The interior of the 2018 Hyundai i30 N is comfortable, with both adjustable front seats sitting appropriately apart. The rear seats might not offer enough leg and headroom space for taller passengers, though. Aesthetically, Hyundai gets the interior right. From the steering to the dashboard, all of the buttons have an ergonomic feel to them, providing easy access. The only gripe, some drivers might have, is related to the foot pedals which have a shiny metallic finish that some of you might not like. Furthermore, the ample cargo space can be expanded by folding the rear seats.
Talking more about the driving experience, you’ll appreciate the high level of user adjustability. The steering wheel features two mode-selection button. Take note that the button on the left provides you access to the car’s Normal, Sport, and Eco modes. The button on the right has an N logo and offers access to the N mode (which is aggressive and track-focused) as well as N custom settings drivers can tweak. You can use the featured touchscreen to decide the different aggression levels you want. The driver is comfortable, however, you’ll notice a grumbling from the engine at higher speeds which also cuts into the surround sound system’s audio performance if you’re listening to music.
The 2018 Hyundai i30 N features include assisted parking, heated front seats, proximity key and push-button start. You’ll also get emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, and a blind-spot monitoring system. There’s a lot to choose from when it comes to settings, including engine mapping (Normal, Sport, Sport+), adjustable dampers (Normal, Sport, Sport+), rev-matching throttle blipping (off, Normal, Sport, Sport+), steering weight (Normal, Sport, Sport+), and stability control (Normal, Sport, off). The Performance package offers the ability to adjust the car’s electronically controlled limited-slip differential when using the ‘Normal’ or ‘Sport’ modes. You can also gain access to the adjustable exhaust (Normal, Sport, Sport+). Apparently, there are around 1944 possible configurations in this car, if one is to consider ‘off’ as a setting too.
Specifics / Performance
|BASE PRICE||$27,900 (est.)|
|VEHICLE LAYOUT||front-engine, front-wheel-drive, 5-passenger, 4-door hatchback|
|ENGINE||turbocharged and intercooled DOHC 16-valve inline-4|
|TOP SPEED||155 mph|
|DISPLACEMENT||122 cu in, 1998 cc|
|0-60 MPH||5.7 sec.|
|ON SALE||2018 Q3|