Fleets of fancy

Fleets of Fancy: Hyundai i30 N Performance

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

 

Fleet of Fancy - Hyundai i30 N Performance - More Fleety Alternative - VW Golf GTD

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.


 

 


 

Factfile

Hyundai i30 N Performance
Economy:39.8mpg
Emissions:163g/km
Performance:6.1 seconds/155mph
Power:275hp
Price:£27,440