The i30N is a true hot hatch, developed for the true enthusiast. Building on the success of it’s predecessor, the 2022 i30N is built off the i30 chassis, albeit fitted with a host of visual upgrades which give it a sharp and aggressive look which hints strongly at its sporty capabilities, and separate it from the rest of the i30 range. In true hot hatch style, this car is packing power and torque, and speeds which are set to redefine the benchmarks for what a hot hatch can be. This thing is seriously quick, and a whole lot of fun to drive. As it is a performance car, there are additional controls you gain over the drivetrain, including new driving modes and performance functions, the ability to define the suspension, handling and chassis settings with the touch of a button. The i30N has true sports car capability when you need it, while also being extremely liveable and capable as a daily driver.
The 2022 i30N has launched with a few variants in the range - Base N, Limited Edition N, N Line and N Line Premium. The i30N is also offered in a sleek and sporty sedan body. As standard, all i30N models receive 19 inch alloy wheels, a 10.25 inch CarPlay, Android Auto capable infotainment screen, navigation, a digital instrument cluster,, LED head and tail lights, sports bucket seats, wireless charging, keyless entry, push start and much more - you’re definitely not missing out when it comes to features. The higher end of the lineup adds premium features such as heated leather seats, front parking sensors, rear privacy glass, an optional sunroof and more.
The i30N also receives an expanded safety suite with an increase of standard fitted equipment, including emergency braking, lane keep assist, rear parking sensors, blind spot monitoring, 7 airbags and more, awarding it a 5 star ANCAP safety rating.
What's it like to drive?
Now, while this is no doubt a high octane, high adrenaline driving machine set up for performance, it’s capabilities as a daily driver can’t be understated. After all, it is still an i30. Which means you’re getting excellent liveability from a compact hatch, allowing you to do life without compromise. All the technology and features you would expect in a 2022 Hyundai are familiarly present, making the i30N the perfect compromise between performance and driveability. The 2022 refresh has addressed pain points of previous iterations to provide a truly refined and dynamic car which will look the part on both a track day and a work day. If you’re after a true hot hatch experience in 2022, the Hyundai i30N is sure to be high on your list.
What are your thoughts on the Hyundai i30 N? Would it be your daily driver or your weekend rider?
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Article written by Alex Spurway for carconnect.