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