Fleets of fancy

Fleets of Fancy: Hyundai i30 N Fastback

 

Why should I want it?

Hyundai has come from nowhere to impress hot hatch aficionados with the i30 N, initially in hatchback form and, from the beginning of this year, in fastback four-door shape for £500 more than the five-door. It possibly looks better as a fastback, although a degree of the hatchback practicality is lost, but it manages to ride a little better, while still being stiff, which gives it excellent handling to go with the rapid performance from the 275hp engine.

 

Why can’t I have it?

Rear visibility is compromised, as is rear headroom. Emissions are also not great, matching the Honda Civic Type-R that has an additional 45hp of power, while the 260hp Peugeot 308 GTI is down below 150g/km.

 

Arguments to use on the fleet manager

The 450-litre boot is actually 69 litres bigger than that of the hatchback, which is useful. It also offers a lot of pace for less than £30,000, and balances well the required enhancement in looks and exhaust noise without being too over the top and attracting unwanted attention.

Paul Barker

 

More fleety alternative

Hyundai’s N Line specification offers visual enhancements without higher running costs. Available with 120hp or 140hp petrol engines, the N Line models get a bodykit and upgraded suspension and brakes, while getting down to 126g/km and costing from less than £20,000.  Fleet of Fancy-Hyundai i30 N Fastback-Fleety Alternative

 

 

Factfile

Hyundai i30 N Fastback
Economy:36.7mpg
Emissions:178/km
Performance:6.1 sec/155mph (limited)
Power:275hp
Price:£29,085