Strong Performance as Standard
The i30 N is installed with a 2.0-litre 247bhp petrol engine, which is attached to a six-speed manual gearbox. This turbocharged unit delivers 353Nm of torque, 0-60mph in approximately 6 seconds and a top speed of 155mph. Even so, it still manages to return as much as just over 40mpg, and produce a 159g/km CO2 emission figure.
The vehicle features four drive modes: Eco, Normal and Sport – and N, which is initiated with the push of chequer-flag-adorned button, located on the car’s steering wheel. The latter mode delivers optimal assertiveness, and is ideal for the race circuit, but also allows the driver to calibrate steering, suspension and exhaust, just the way he or she wants them.
The optional Performance Pack features a 271bhp unit that delivers the same levels of torque but allows the car to proceed from 0-60mph in roughly 5.9 seconds. Fuel-efficiency is only marginally compromised and, clocking in at approximately 39mpg.
A keyless entry system provides the owner with easy access to the vehicle, inside which is a ‘floating’ eight-inch touchscreen display. This provides control of the car’s stereo and satellite navigation system. Android Auto and Apple CarPlay feature too, facilitating the mirroring of your compatible smartphone via the i30 N’s display screen, thus helping you to drive safely. Wireless phone charging is included too, negating the need to fiddle about with cables. Bluetooth connectivity brings audio streaming options and enables hands-free telephony. USB and AUX are included too, allowing you to plug-and-play your portable media devices.
Slick Yet Safe
The i30 N is based on the standard hatchback model, which comes with Euro NCAP’s highest five-star crash test rating. Accordingly, this hot hatch is fitted with a wide range of driver aids and passive safety features. Included is Cruise Control, which allows the driver to set a safe maximum speed before setting out, and Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) features as standard too. Among other things, AEB has helped reduce rear-end collisions by 38 percent. Lane-Keep Assist ensures that the vehicle doesn’t deviate from your intended lane. Traffic-sign-recognition technology, meanwhile, uses a camera that rapidly identifies road signs, and delivers the information to the instrument panel, facilitating easy reference by the driver.