TRACK MEETS ROAD

IS HYUNDAI’S PER­FOR­MANCE HATCH AS EN­GAG­ING TO DRIVE ON THE ROAD AS IT IS FUN ON TRACK? WE GOT TWO PISTONHEADERS TO PUT IT TO THE TEST

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With a pow­er­ful 2.0-litre turbo engine, Elec­tron­i­cally Con­trolled Sus­pen­sion and an ad­vanced Elec­tron­i­cally Limited Slip Dif­fer­en­tial that was spe­cially en­gi­neered for N Per­for­mance mod­els, the Hyundai i30 N cer­tainly boasts the track-honed tech to jus­tify its hot-hatch am­bi­tion.

But how does all of that work on the road, where you spend the ma­jor­ity of your time? Can the i30 N de­liver a driv­ing ex­pe­ri­ence that is as en­gag­ing and fun to drive ev­ery day, as it is thrilling to drive on a track? We took a cou­ple of Pis­ton­heads hot-hatch en­thu­si­asts to the scenic roads of North Wales to ˋnd out.

Both were im­pressed by how much conˋ­dence and grip the i30 N de­liv­ered on their ˋrst go be­hind the wheel, while also prais­ing the lin­ear de­liv­ery of the 275PS and 353Nm of torque. The most telling comment though was the un­spo­ken smile on their faces as they got out of the car. As one of them said: “If I had to de­scribe the i30 N in one word, it would be ‘fun’.”

The chas­sis and engine work to­gether bril­liantly. It’s as much power as I’d ever want, and the chas­sis feels planted. It’s deˋnitely on my list. Mark Jack­son It’s one of those cars where you get to the limit of your abil­ity be­fore the car does. That’s as much fun as you can have in a car on the road. Alex Marshall

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