The Hyundai i30 is now in its third generation since its launch onto the South African market. Being described as the quintessential model of this Korean company, although the brand is an Eastern brand, the car was designed and manufactured in Europe.
The latest model, the i30 N is a hot new hatchback with some very sporting designs, a compact design with cascading grill and smooth lines ensures an external overall feeling of sport yet economical.
The regular i30 comes with three engines options, turbocharged. There’s a 1.6-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, with 108bhp, and two petrol’s. The smoother and more powerful is a 138bhp 1.4-litre four-cylinder, the cleaner an 118bhp 1.0-litre three-cylinder. The four-cylinder engines come with the option of a six-speed manual or seven-speed automatic gearbox; the three-cylinder is manual-only.
The car certainly boasts enough innovative technology. Lane departure warnings, automatic emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring and an optional touchscreen display for media and satellite navigation proves the company’s opinion that digitisation is disrupting the car industry. The interior is ergonomic elegance, slightly Spartan but with a rational and intuitive layout of controls. Optional extras include heated and cooled seats, a ten-way adjustable electric driver’s seat, and a selection of three interior colours. The interior is quiet but at top speed there is a bit of wind and road noise, as you would expect in this range and model.
An easy drive, especially with the new upgraded Hyundai i30 N, with lots of grip and performance and although not the fastest out there makes this model car available to consumers with a limited budget.