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TG has another tiny hot hatch in the house
Report 9 Hyundai i30N £27,995/£28,580
Mdivision versus N division, and a tale of two quite different hot hatches. In the blue corner, the BMW M140i, the latest iteration of a car that’s been around for six years. In the pale blue corner, the Hyundai i30N, in its infancy but with a similarly alphanumeric name and several shared details, given its development was led by Albert Biermann, formerly a senior figure at BMW M for years.
Mind, it’s not rear-driven like the M140i, and you’d think the BMW would be the more mischievous of the pair. But its straight-six engine and 8spd auto make it feel grownup and, compared with the i30N, it feels a bit clumsy at its limit. Biermann has freer reign at N, and the Hyundai feels like the hot hatch he always wanted to make.