The i30 Fastback N is Hyundai’s second high-performance model in Europe. It follows the i30 N five-door hatchback, a car which we reviewed – and loved – earlier this year. The i30 N exceeded initial sales expectations: almost 3,000 i30 N five-door hatchback units were sold in the first half of 2018 in Europe. 100 units of its First Edition sold out in Germany in just 48 hours.
“With the All-New i30 Fastback N, Hyundai again sets new standards in the market, enhancing the brand’s appeal with highly emotional products,” says Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing and Product at Hyundai Motor Europe. “With the new hot coupe our customers will enjoy the same driving fun of i30N packaged in the car’s beautiful GT like shape wherever they drive!”
Elegant lines meet hot hatch dynamics
On the exterior, the elegant i30 Fastback shape has been merged with the dynamic features of the i30 N five-door hatchback. As a result, the i30 Fastback N showcases a dynamic-looking N Grille and the N front bumper, as well as a unique rear bumper, both of which are highlighted by a red character line below.
The rear end of the i30 Fastback N is a wonderful design; curvaceous and sleek. To highlight the rear spoiler, a glossy black accent has been inserted to further emphasise the specific N appearance. And that emphasis is wise, given that the rear end is what people will see the most of.
High-performance engine for a sporty ride
For the UK market there will only be one hot version, the i30 Fastback N Performance model. This offers 275 PS and 353 Nm or torque; more than enough to provide an exhilarating drive.
Activated when reaching the maximum torque, an overboost function further increases torque up to 378 Nm. It is. 0-62mph is dealt with in a swift 6.1 seconds.
To ensure you can put that power down the i30 Fastback N is equipped with the N Grip Control system which allows drivers to choose from five different drive modes. The settings can be selected via dedicated buttons on the steering wheel: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and N Custom. Depending on the driver’s mood, the different modes change the vehicle’s character.
Smart connectivity features and top standard active safety
An 8-inch capacitive touch screen multimedia system delivers navigation and a seven-year free subscription to LIVE services.
It also offers Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, which allow users to connect their smartphones with the car to control music, telephone or navigation functions on-screen.
The specific N mode screen menu also offers customisable settings for the engine, Rev matching, exhaust sound and Performance settings.
A safe choice
The i30 Fastback N features Hyundai SmartSense active safety and driving assistance technologies complying with the highest European safety standards: Autonomous Emergency Braking (standard), Driver Attention Alert (standard), Lane Keeping Assist (standard) and High Beam Assist (standard).
For more information, head over to the Hyundai website.