Hyundai has introduced a new N Line trim level for its i30, combining the muscular looks of the Hyundai i30 N hot hatch with a more economical petrol engine. Prices start at £21,255, and order books open on 3 September.
The high-performance Hyundai i30 N has recieved a warm reception as Hyundai"s first hot hatchback, and has given the South Korean brand a welcome image boost against rivals such as the Kia Ceed and Volkswagen Golf. Now, the Hyundai i30 has been given a trim level inspired by Hyundai"s N Performance division;this will allow it to compete directly against the Ford Focus ST-Line and Vauxhall Astra SRi VX Line.
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The Hyundai i30 N Line imitates the style of its faster sister with aggressively styled front and rear bumpers and an exclusive silver paint highlight on select parts of bodywork. A set of 18-inch alloy wheels is fitted, while twin exhaust outlets lend a powerful look; N Line badging completes the exterior package.
Hyundai claims that the N-Line isn"t just about show, either – the N team has been at work on the i30"s suspension, brakes and steering to give the car a more nimble response in corners. Grippy Michelin PS4 Performance tyres are fitted, along with larger front brake discs – 16 inches compared to 15 inches on the regular i30. This should make it easier to make the most of the N Line"s 138bhp 1.4-litre turbocharged T-GDI petrol engine, which promises a 0-62mph time of just under nine seconds.
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Two versions of the N Line package are available. All have sports front seats with part-electric adjustment on the driver"s side. Privacy glass and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror are fitted, while black headlining material gives a moody interior atmosphere. A perforated leather sports steering wheel and N-branded gearknob are claimed to provide a more tactile feel than the regular i30 hatchback, too.
Stepping up to N Line + brings upholstery in leather and suede, with heating and power adjustment for driver and passenger seats, plus the driver"s seat gets a memory feature. There"s a heated steering wheel, too, as well as dual-zone climate control. N Line + also adds LED headlamps and rain-sensing windscreen wipers.
The 138bhp i30 N Line six-speed manual starts at £21,255, with the N Line + starting at £23,255.