2018 Hyundai i30 – If you have not heard of the Hyundai i30 N yet, do not worry, you’ll do it soon enough. This is the very first attempt of a real trap of the Euro-rival of the South Korean manufacturer Powerhouse, and we are in Italy to lead the final version of the production.
I spent time in the entry-level Active with a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox (DCT), a SR with six-speed manual transmission and an Elite box with diesel engine and DCT. The 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine is a carryover from the old car and offers 120kW at 6200rpm and 203Nm of torque at 4700rpm. The 1.6-liter turbo four-cylinder petrol engine is exclusive to the SR and SR Premium models and develops 150 kW at 6,000 rpm and 265 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm, while the turbocharged 1.6 liter develops 100 kW at 4000 rpm and 280 Nm of torque. 3000rpm (manual) and 300Nm from 1750-2500rpm for the DCT. All engines are Euro5.
It’s built in-house and used in several other models on Hyundai and Kia’s global lineup like the upcoming Genesis G70, Sonata Turbo and the all-new Kia Stinger, but the 2018 Hyundai i30 N Performance also boasts larger 19-inch wheels, bigger brakes, as well as an electronically controlled limited-slip differential. The Hyundai i30 N is relatively subtle in its style, (just like the GTI), but even so, you have no problem choosing it as an inflated version of the regular model. From almost every angle, there are signs all over the car indicating the genuine article that this thing is surely.
Around the rear, the dual exhaust tips and the rear diffuser of the size of a bobbin that exude a factory atmosphere. There’s also an aerodynamic rear spoiler and a triangular brake light that emphasize its motorsport heritage, as well as black side skirts and deeper front and rear bumpers with larger air intakes. It is also 8mm lower than its regular cousins, and the wheel arches pushed out to take the 19-inch alloys and low-profile rubber.
All other variants offer a unique floor boot with space saver underneath. Fold down the 60:40 folding seats, which is easily done by levers on the outer edge of the rear seats and the boot develops to 1301 liters. The seats do not fold flat, and if you have a SR with the double floor, you will have a lower section than the other, although it is easy to adjust, uh, raising the floor to its setting most high. Move in the rear seats neatly and they are well formed, both outside seats, anyway. I made sure that I was traveling back for part of the trip and that I felt comfortable with a good head, legs, shoulders and elbows. I mentioned earlier that the engineers wanted to raise the roof while the designers wanted it down; the designers have won, but you would not know it. I’m as close to six feet as you can get and I had plenty of room in the back.
The price of the new 2018 Hyundai i30 starts at $ 20,950 + ORC for the entry-level Active manual up to $ 23,450 + ORC for the active diesel manual, rising to $ 28,950 and $ 33,950 + ORC for Elite and Premium diesel versions. The list of manual SR variants running on gasoline costs $ 25,950 and SR Premium, $ 33,950 + ORC.