2021 Hyundai i30 N hot hatch priced from £33,745

Published 29 April 2021

The Hyundai i30 N hot hatch has been updated for 2021 with a range of upgrades, including the option of an automatic transmission for the first time. As for performance, both variants of the i30N now offer 280PS and 392Nm of torque.

The revised Volkswagen Golf GTI rival has been given updated styling — including a wider grille, LED headlights with V-shaped daytime running lights at the front and updated rear lights that feature a new LED signature. The changes bring it more in line with the recently facelifted standard i30.

Interior updates include a 10.25-inch navigation system with multi speaker sound, voice control and the latest version of Hyundai’s connected car service Bluelink.

Both the i30 N hatchback and Fastback variants keep the turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, which is offered with 280PS 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 2.0 280PS T-GDi engine, offering 280PS and 392Nm of torque — which equates to an additional 5PS and 39Nm on the previous generation model. The engine has been developed to provide maximum performance in real life driving conditions, with maximum torque available from 1950rpm helping it to a 0-62 time of 5.9 seconds. 

Set to begin deliveries in the coming weeks, the Fastback model starts at £33,745, while the hatchback i30 N starts at £34,495.

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Comments

PD99    on 29 April 2021

Seems pricey to me?

Plodding Along    on 29 April 2021

Seems pricey to me?

Outrageously so! You can buy a fixer upper house with land in Portugal for that sort of money. It's crazy!

Edited by Plodding Along on 29/04/2021 at 19:37

Elizabeth Vincent    on 29 April 2021

Rather have my used F pace at £11,000 less,goes like the clappers

Phil V.

Engineer Andy    on 1 May 2021

Indeed. Just wait until you see what the prices are in North America (the US at least has the Veloceter N instead). Far cheaper.

I was watching US/Canadian YT videos about the Mazda3 2.5 turbo (sadly not available in the UK...yet), a similar performing car (though not as track-based), and they were complaining that it was costing about US$37k, which is about £27k, £2k less than the much less powerful and slower (though not bad) Mazda3 2L Skyactiv-X range topper.

After some good 'cheap' years in the mid 2000s (oversupply in Europe as a whole), we've gone back to 'expensive' again since the 2010s, not just because of the £ sliding in value (it's now regained much of its value compared to the US$ and others, though less so for the Euro), seemingly prices in Europe generally have gone up in the last 10 years.

The problem with cars like these is that they ride so firmly that unless you do 99% of your driving on perfectly smooth roads, they just aren't the sort of car that can be a 'daily driver', and over £30k for an occasional weekend or track day car is rather a lot for most people these days.

Engineer Andy    on 2 May 2021

Small update: I just watched a video from the Aussie equivalent to HJ, John Cadogan, who was reviewing (track day) the i20N. I wonder if we'll get this car, given (unlike Mazda) they appear to push their hot hatch models in the UK these days? More affordable than the i30N, but still quick at around 0-60 in just over 6.5 sec.

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