Hot looks for new Hyundai i30 model

Wales On Sunday - - MOTORS WALES - CHRIS RUSSON news­desk@waleson­

H YUNDAI is hop­ing to curry favour with those who want hot hatch looks but with­out the costs by in­tro­duc­ing a new range of i30 N Line mod­els.

Dressed in a sim­i­lar fash­ion to the high per­for­mance i30 N but with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol en­gine un­der the bon­net, the N Line ver­sions are priced from £21,255.

That’s al­most £8,000 cheaper than what it takes to get be­hind the wheel of the very hot i30 N Per­for­mance mod­els and there’s a sav­ing on in­sur­ance too.

And while Hyundai’s i30 N is good enough to leave a VW Golf GTI want­ing, the per­for­mance from the N Line is more than enough to keep any­one happy in ev­ery­day use.

There’s 140ps to go at and while per­for­mance fig­ures are the same as any other 1.4 T-GDI i30 with a 0 to 60 time of 8.9 sec­onds and a top end of 130mph.

Fuel econ­omy is also good with the car rated at 48.7mpg and a CO2 fig­ure of 133g/km for a six-speed man­ual and even bet­ter for ones fit­ted with a seven-speed dual clutch auto trans­mis­sion which are rated at 49.6 to the gal­lon. We av­er­aged 44.7mpg on a good coun­try run in a man­ual i30 N Line so the of­fi­cial fig­ures ap­pear close to the mark.

There’s a pleas­ant sur­prise when it comes to han­dling with tweaks to the sus­pen­sion and brakes as well as the throt­tle re­sponse mak­ing the i30 N Line a lively lit­tle per­former that grips well.

But its in the looks depart­ment where the N Line scores and it has the same aero­dy­namic bumpers as those on the N mod­els.

It also sits on 18-inch al­loys and has twin rear ex­hausts which are set in a pair at the right of the rear as op­posed to the lay­out on the N cars where the ex­haust out­lets are sep­a­rated by a dif­fuser.

At a glance – and apart from N Line badges on the front wings – that is the only real dif­fer­ence be­tween the two.

In­side there are changes as well with the N Line cars hav­ing sports seats and share the same steer­ing wheel and tac­tile gear lever as the N cars. They also have a black head­lin­ing and chrome ef­fect door han­dles which are ab­sent on reg­u­lar i30s.

The car we tried was in N Line + trim and priced from £23,255 with sat nav adding an ex­tra £250.

Ex­tra fea­tures in­cluded heated leather and suede seats em­bossed with an N Line logo, elec­tri­cal ad­just­ment in the front and a mem­ory func­tion for the driver’s seat.

It looks the part and crea­ture com­forts in­clude a heated steer­ing wheel, dual zone cli­mate con­trol and au­to­matic lights and wipers as well as ul­tra-bright LED head­lamps.

As such it lacked lit­tle and for £23,505 is keenly priced, es­pe­cially tak­ing into ac­count Hyundai’s af­ter­care which in­cludes a five year un­lim­ited mileage war­ranty as well as road­side as­sis­tance.

On top of that there’s in­sur­ance group­ings of 14 for the stan­dard N Line or 15 for the N Line + and that’s a con­sid­er­able sav­ing over the group 28 rat­ing of the N Per­for­mance model.

The N Line cars slot into the mid­dle of the i30 line up and re­tain all the fea­tures of the five-door range with a good amount of space in­side and boot space rang­ing from a use­ful 395 to 1,301 litres.

Where they score is with their looks and a more fam­ily-friendly ap­proach to per­for­mance – and that is a good for­mula in this age where style is so im­por­tant.

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