Enhanced Hyundai i30N is the Fun Daily Driver

A crisp new look builds on the aggressive style of the original Hyundai i30N and brings the new model in line with forthcoming N products.

The exterior updates for the new i30N are headlined by fresh front and rear bumper designs and a new lighting architecture featuring new integrated LED DRLs. At the rear is a dual-level spoiler, redesigned taillights and enlarged exhausts flanking a redesigned diffuser that creates an athletic stance.

The i30 name has been around for a while and is an award-winning small hatch. With the i30N, this small hatch becomes a hot hatch and is still very practical as a daily driver.

The new i30N’s 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder is an upgraded unit featuring a new turbocharger and intercooler set-up. With a new ‘flat-power’ ECU tune and countless other refinements, the i30N now produces 206kW and 392Nm – increases of 4kW and 39Nm respectively.

With the latest model, Hyundai are offering the i30N with a DCT for the first time in Australia and while the manual is more suited to those who love track days and love the extra pedal, the DCT is not one to be snubbed. The eight-speed wet dual-clutch N DCT automatic offers upshift responsiveness of vehicles in the supercar realm while the downshift rev-matching provides the engaging experience of a manual with the convenience of an automatic.

Adding the DCT along with the manual, the i30N provides new appeal for daily driving hot-hatch enthusiasts. But it is not all about speed and power as there are plenty of safety features included.

There is a new 10.25” Satellite Navigation multimedia system which provides access to Lane Following Assist (LFA), Blind Spot Collision Warning (BCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision Warning (RCCW), Rear Cross-Traffic Collision-Avoidance Assist (RCCA) and Blind Spot Collision-Avoidance Assist (BCA-R).

There are different modes to drive in from normal to N and all feature different levels of comfort, exhaust note and how firm the ride is. Because of these different modes and the ability to customise some, the daily drive experience is fun and practical.

Fuel consumption is still acceptable with the Hyundai i30N averaging 8.5L/100km. However, this will go up if the drivers right foot becomes heavy and begins to push the loud pedal lower and more often.

The i30N starts at $44,500 and goes to $52,000 and for what you get in that package is well worth the money. A fun daily driver that looks good, sounds good, goes good and you can still take your mum shopping when you need to.

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