Why should I want it?
Hyundai has made a flying start in the hot hatch sector, coming from nowhere with the i30 N, a car offering pretty much everything required. It sounds great, has an excellent power delivery, cracking grip and steering and a short-throw gear change. Plus it looks the part, on the outside at least, with muscular bulges and spoilers.
Why can’t I have it?
Its emissions of 163g/km are higher than the likes of the Peugeot 308 GTi (139g/km), VW Golf GTi (150g/km) and Seat Leon Cupra (158g/km). The interior is also pretty ordinary, apart from the supportive sports seats and some switchgear.
Arguments to use on the fleet manager
It’s a very perky perk car for less than £27,500, which makes it a bit of a performance bargain, and it’ll carry four people plus luggage in decent comfort thanks to being a practical five-door hatch. Whole-life costs outpoint those of the other hot hatches mentioned thanks to the lower list price, despite the i30 N being more powerful than all bar the 300hp Seat.
A More sensible alternative
What Hyundai is missing from its range is a more sensible step between the hot car and the rest of the range, because the next-quickest i30 is a decidedly lukewarm 140hp 1.4 petrol. Not so with the others; for example, the VW Golf GTD combines GTi-aping looks with a 125g/km emissions figure from its 184hp diesel engine.
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