The letter “N” has become a syllable of power and excitement. Hyundai, a South Korean car manufacturer has launched its new range of cars with the “N” badge, which is focused on fun and performance. Mzansi has been holding their breath for far too long, from Lamontville, Tembisa to Gugulethu. Today we are looking at their long anticipated “i30N”.
At first glance, I was fascinated by the striking exterior, which to me resembles a South Korean mixed martial artist wearing an Armani suit. He looks smart but ready to brawl.
It’s a hot hatch that has a fitting spoiler, bigger bumper, 18inch alloy wheels and 8mm drop in height. This pocket rocket prides itself on pushing 202 kilowatts of power, 353Nm of torque on a 2litre turbo engine, 6 speed manual shift.
It leaps into action with an aggressive take off, zero to 100km in 6,1 seconds. Fully equipped with excellent corner hugging engineering.
Already this is way, way more than what you can say about the lifeless i30. It certainly promises more “BANG” for your buck, with the “Vrrr Pha” exhaust pops. Looking at the interior though, don’t get ur hopes up, as it oozes normal car tendencies with its soft touch plastic finishes. The steering wheel is bigger, with lots of storage space in the hefty glove box.
The interior does juxtapose the striking shell, with too much block plastic,,, there’s nothing that hints its a so called “GTi eater”. Nevertheless it keeps up with its 8inch touch screen, android auto, Apple carplay connectivity, Satnav. Wireless phone charger, led lights, reversing camera and cruise control. Kneeroom can be an issue when sitting at the back , just an alert for above average height individuals, however the spacious boot space attempts to compensate for the anticlimactic interior.
You also get the performance option in the i30N, which has 19 inch alloy wheels, electric driver seat and an active exhaust. If you are in Mzansi and you want to be a proud owner of the i30N , you will be set back a debatable R679 000