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
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