The all-new Hyundai i30 N will undercut key competitor the VW Golf GTI when it in April, with the more-power i30 N listing from $39,990+ORC.

PRICING WAS ALWAYS going to be key in getting the i30 N onto shopping lists and it looks like Hyundai’s bean counters have had their arms twisted right up behind their backs. Despite a war of words from Volkswagen, the Hyundai i30 N which arrives here in April manages to undercut its equivalent five-door GTI rival, listing from $39,990+ORC. The Golf GTI five-door lists from $41,990+ORC although you can get a three-door GTI from $37,490+ORC.

Read Paul Horrell’s review of the 2018 Hyundai i30 N.

“We’re confident in the i30 N,” said HMCA Chief Executive Officer, Mr JW Lee. “We’ve set the MLP at $39,990 to ensure there are no excuses! We encourage every genuine enthusiast in the hot hatch market to drive it and make their mind up based on the product’s merits.

“Given the way i30 N looks, sounds and drives, we believe it will make a compelling case against its strongest competitors, regardless of price.”

“The Hyundai i30 N has been developed for no other purpose than to deliver maximum driving fun to our customers in an accessible high-performance package,” said Albert Biermann, Executive Vice President Performance Development and High Performance Vehicle Division.

“With the high-performance N models we will enhance our brand’s appeal with emotional products that cater to the needs of people who love to have a smile on their face when they drive their car on a winding road and listen to the sound of the engine. That’s why we measure high-performance in BPM, heart beats per minute instead of only RPM.”

It was thought Hyundai might offer the I30 N in two trims, but it’s decided on one, the i30 N Performance which offers 202kW and 353Nm of torque, more than the Golf GTI (169kW/350Nm) and only slightly less than the full-blooded Golf R (213kW/380Nm). Punters will be able to cost-option the i30 N with two packs, the Luxury Pack ($3000) and the Luxury Pack with panoramic sunroof ($5000).

Luxury Pack   

  • Front park assist system
  • Front passenger seat cushion extension
  • LED courtesy & puddle light
  • Power front seats – 12-way
  • Power folding exterior mirrors
  • Electro-chromatic interior mirror
  • Rain sensing wipers
  • Heated front seats/steering wheel
  • Solar control windscreen glass
  • Luggage net
  • Driver’s seat memory system
  • Smart key & push button start
  • Sport front seats with suede inserts and leather bolsters
  • Wireless charging pad (Qi)
  • Rear privacy glass

Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof

  • All Luxury Pack features
  • Panoramic glass sunroof

The i30 N is on-sale as of today with those interested able to go online and reserve one of the first 300 cars arriving in April.

Key Features:

·      Active variable exhaust

·      Electronic Controlled Suspension

·      Electronic sound generator

·      Electro-mechanical LSD

·      Launch control

·      N Drive Mode System

·      N race computer

·      Overboost function

·      Performance brake package

·      Rear stiffness bar

·      Rev matching function

·      SmartSense including;

·      Auto. Emergency Braking – City

·      Driver Attention Alert

·      Forward Collision Warning

·      Lane Keeping Assist System

·      7 airbags

·      Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

·      Vehicle Stability Management (VSM)

·      Hill-start Assist Control (HAC)

·      Auto dusk sensing headlights

·      Tyre Pressure Monitoring System

·      Rear park assist system

·      Rear view camera

·      LED daytime running lights (DRL)

·      LED headlights and front indicators

·      LED side repeaters in mirrors

·      LED tail lights

·      Temporary space saver spare wheel

·      8” satellite navigation system

·      DAB+ digital radio

·      Apple CarPlay compatibility

·      Android Auto compatibility

·      Bluetooth connectivity

·      Cruise control

·      Dual zone climate control

·      Driver’s seat cushion extension

·      Driver’s seat 4-way power lumbar

·      Height adjustable front seats

·      Tilt & telescopic steering column

·      Luggage power outlet

·      Rear seat centre fold-down armrest

·      19” alloy wheels

·      Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres

·      Front & rear bumpers

·      Front grille

·      Gloss black exterior mirrors

·      Headlights

·      Rear spoiler with brake light

·      Side skirts

·      Alloy sports pedals

·      Black headlining

·      N Dark Metal painted trim inserts

·      Performance Blue stitching

·      Sports front seats

·      Leather appointed steering wheel

·      4.2” TFT colour Supervision cluster

·      Front & rear power windows;

·      One touch auto up/down windows



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  1. Yeah, DAB+ as standard, about time. Can’t stand listening to FM anymore, so much more choice on DAB+.

    Definitely looks a like a great car and hopefully it sticks it right up VW. Here’s my main gripe. I don’t want a hatch, I much prefer a sedan and for that reason the only thing I can really choose is the Audi S3, but it’s a rip-off and would have to buy a 3 year old model. Why do manufacturers essentially only make hot hatches. Why is there no Jetta GTi or Jetta R. If Hyundai made the same thing in a Elantra or an all new sedan, I’d be testing one tomorrow.

  2. It desperately needs an auto to get volume. It looks good in hot hatch form, too bad about the inspid blue and black alloys.

    1. Sorry don’t agree that these type of cars need auto’s Most who drive these type of cars (esp overseas) prefer manual which is a big part of the whole experience. If you like auto’s by a more mundane vehicle

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