Help! They stole my di‰

Swap­ping our i30N for the less trick ver­sion is a rev­e­la­tion.

CAR (UK) - - Our Cars - By James Tay­lor

OUR HYUNDAI i30N is the top Per­for­mance ver­sion: 271bhp, elec­tron­i­cally con­trolled lim­ited-slip diff, 19-inch wheels with big brakes, nice seats, £27,995. Worth it over the reg­u­lar, £3k cheaper, 247bhp i30N? One way to find out.

Vis­ually, our Per­for­mance’s big­ger wheels fill its arches far more pur­pose­fully, like a bouncer in a door­way, but there are ben­e­fits to the base N’s smaller rims on the move. It rides a lit­tle more sweetly than our long-term test car, even though both ver­sions have the same multi-mode adap­tive dampers, and en­joys Seven seats and a slightly less enor­mous turn­ing cir­cle. Both cars have the same torque out­put, and in a straight line they feel about as fast and in a straight line they feel about as fast as each other. You do no­tice the ab­sence of the Per­for­mance’s lock­ing diff, but the i30N still finds plenty of trac­tion through its torque vec­tor­ing by brak­ing sys­tem, and feels sim­i­larly keen to turn in, de­spite its nar­rower tyres. Keener to over­steer, too.

You’ll prob­a­bly have 90 per cent as much fun in the stan­dard i30N, but the Per­for­mance does feel more spe­cial – the diff tug­ging at the steer­ing, the py­rotech­nics kit hid­den in the ac­tive ex­haust, and so on. On bal­ance, it’s prob­a­bly £3k well spent. Reg­u­lar i30Ns might be a rare spot on the road as a re­sult.

Bong! Did you have a wee be­fore we left the house? Bong! And

wash your hands?

Base N on the right has smaller wheels that

im­prove the ride

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