Motor (Australia) - - FIRST FANG - – Dan DeGasperi

JACK­POT. THREE cor­ners in a Golf GTI Orig­i­nal and that’s what comes to mind. For­get adap­tive sus­pen­sion or overly grippy tyres, be­cause flaw­less fixed sus­pen­sion and 18s in a lighter three-door body sim­ply en­liven this Mk7.5-gen car. Punchy and play­ful, the fact this lim­ited edi­tion costs $38,490 drive­away in pre­ferred man­ual guise makes it the best-value – as well as the best – GTI. The plucky i30 N is no walk-up win­ner at $44,063 drive­away. Sure it has 202kW, but it weighs over 1429kg. The N can feel slower, and strug­gles to hide its ex­tra mass, but the damp­ing is Hyundai’s best yet, the ESC is ex­cel­lent and the LSD helps de­liver sling­shot cor­ner­ing. What the i30 doesn’t have is the front-end of a Civic Type-R and I feel it should move around more, like the VW. Any­one who calls a Golf bor­ing is wrong, and for this tester, the frisky and fun han­dler trumps the hard-and-fast by the slimmest of mar­gins.

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