Though it misses out on a facelift for now, Hyundai’s i30 N Line receives new tech. Let’s discover what’s new.

Look intently. That is the brand new 2021 Hyundai i30 N Line Premium.

Not like the common Australian i30 hatch, the sportier quantity has not been up to date externally. It is a product-sourcing situation, as the one Hyundai plant presently manufacturing facelifted i30 N Line hatchbacks is within the Czech Republic. Australian N Strains are sourced from Korea to be able to preserve the prices down.

The Korean plant will not be set as much as produce facelifted i30 N Strains, so we’re caught with the outdated search for the “foreseeable future”, based on Hyundai. It is a disgrace, because the European model does look implausible.

So, what’s new?

Firstly, the providing has widened from three to 4 variants. The up to date i30 N Line continues its two-pronged assault – supplied in an entry model and the Premium, which we’re testing right this moment. New for 2021 is the introduction of a handbook on the Premium stage, which is obtainable alongside the same old dual-clutch automated.

The costs are additionally up. The entry model prices $2410 greater than it did beforehand, whereas our Premium automated check automobile is up $630. That takes the listing worth for an i30 N Line Premium automated, completed in white, as much as $36,220, or roughly $40,000 on the highway relying on which state you reside in. If you need one of many six colors apart from white, add $495.

2021 Hyundai i30 N Line Premium
Engine1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged
Energy and torque 150kW at 6000 rpm, 265Nm at 1500-4500rpm
TransmissionSeven-speed dual-clutch automated
Drive sortEntrance-wheel drive
Weight (kerb)1436kg
Gas declare mixed (ADR)7.1L/100km
Gas use on check9.3L/100km
Boot quantity (rear seats up / down)395L / 1301L
Turning circle10.6 metres
ANCAP security score5 Stars (examined 2017)
Guarantee5 years / limitless km
Principal rivalsVolkswagen Golf, Toyota Corolla, Mazda 3
Worth as examined (earlier than on roads)$36,715

Worth rises have not been for the sake of it, as specification has been improved in and out. Whereas its design hasn’t modified, its headlights have, with the 2021 N Line Premium adopting the twin-projector objects from the i30 N Efficiency sizzling hatch.

Understandably, our Aussie automobile would not look as sharp because the European model. That is to not say it appears to be like dated, nonetheless, because it nonetheless scrubs up effectively. Hyundai did a stellar job designing the third-generation i30, and it is nonetheless paying dividends 4 years later. Its giant mesh grille, excessive belt line and black accents all earn their preserve to make sure it ages gracefully. Our N Line’s particular, aggressively styled bumpers additionally add visible affect.

Internally, the most important adjustments double when in comparison with the surface. Learn via the sarcasm-slash-hyperbole, and you may realise it means there are solely two new issues inside – a partly digital instrument cluster, and bigger 10.25-inch centre infotainment display.

I say ‘partly’ as a result of the display remains to be flanked by a big pair of analogue dials. It is extra an enlargement of the common journey pc display, as seen within the earlier i30 N Line Premium, than a digital instrument cluster. It is not as polished nor as function-laden because the digital gauges present in Volkswagen Group merchandise.

Nonetheless, it is higher than what was there earlier than. The opposite enchancment, a ten.25-inch infotainment show, is far more substantial. Alongside the additional actual property comes a sooner processor, which has decreased its boot time and response to enter.

The widescreen format additionally makes for simple map studying when utilizing the in-built navigation system. There’s additionally smartphone mirroring through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and within the case of CarPlay, it manages to combine your smartphone’s visuals in full display to keep away from letterboxing.

It is a huge enchancment on probably probably the most used space of a car’s cabin, excluding its controls. Thus, it helps enhance first impressions regardless of being a single enchancment level.

In all places else within the first row is as earlier than. Storage is implausible due to the deeply set coated space within the decrease centre console, in addition to a storage space beneath our automobile’s dual-zone climate-control system, additionally with a canopy.

Behind the second lid, you will discover a wi-fi charging pad, USB port, and 12-volt socket, too. No matter you need to cost or add to your i30 (suppose dashcam), there is a energy port for the ancillary.

Expertise is as anticipated, with keyless entry and begin, a seven-speaker premium stereo system, DAB+ radio, auto-dimming mirror, and panoramic sunroof all commonplace. The Infinity sound system is a giant letdown sadly, coming throughout flat and muddy at greatest.

Switchgear has been organized logically, with buttons for seat heating and cooling, each features reserved completely for the N Line Premium, positioned across the gearshifter. Additionally on this space are two devoted buttons regarding parking help methods – one activating sensors, the opposite its rear-facing parking digicam. Its management format is sensible, which makes the i30 simple to dwell with.

On the subject of seating, not solely do you get leather-based sports activities seats as per N Line trim, however the Premium goes one additional to introduce 10-way electrically adjustable objects with two-way lumbar help. They’re snug, effectively bolstered, and straightforward to wash within the case of youngsters.

Sound ergonomics proceed with the steering wheel, the place one other button array can be effectively thought out. Right here you will discover one such change reserved for turning off the lane-keeping help system, ought to it trouble you. One other small level, nevertheless it helps enhance user-friendliness as soon as once more.

The draw back to this cabin is its total presentation, which is drab and filled with the identical constantly grained black plastic. Some range in materials would’ve gone a great distance.

You may’t win ’em all, nonetheless, and I might most definitely go for perform over type if I needed to decide.

Shifting into the second row, house is satisfactory. Behind a 183cm driver, a same-sized rear passenger will simply be grazing their knees up towards the seat forward. The second-row seat bench itself is effectively proportioned and cozy, nonetheless, and there is a pair of air vents again there, too, however no energy factors of any variety.

It is also moderately child-seat pleasant. Putting in a rearward-facing seat will trigger the entrance passenger to lose leg room, however that is the norm on this class.

Ahead-facing is far simpler, and there is good house with regard to popping youngsters in. With a single baby help seat put in, there’s simply sufficient room for one different adult-sized passenger. With two baby seats in, it is recreation over, as the center seat turns into redundant.

The cargo space is honest, coming in at 395L with all seats up, and 1301L with the second row folded. Beneath the boot flooring is a full-size spare wheel, making the i30 appropriate for many who cowl floor or dwell outdoors a metropolitan space.

And if that sounds such as you, you are in for a deal with. The i30 N Line Premium is a superb performer by way of experience and dealing with. Its localised suspension stays untouched, which is an efficient factor.

Round city, it is agency but not busy. It’s going to bob over closely pitted roads with out fuss and stay composed. On the sooner stuff outdoors of city, it is confidence-inspiring. At tempo, you do not really feel it getting away from you or reacting unexpectedly.

Consistency is the phrase I am chasing. Steering really feel can be nice, effectively weighted, and masses up appropriately. I discovered it inspiring and eager to be pushed, which is agreeable. The i30 N Line Premium is a bona-fide heat hatch. A respectable midway level between pedestrian and sports activities, because it was in its earlier iteration.

An indication of its sporty character is mirrored in the usual fitment of Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres on 18-inch wheels. Little doubt that the inclusion of such rubber positively influences its behaviour, and helps a driver construct confidence at increased speeds.

The engine is equal elements heat. A 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 150kW and 265Nm runs the present. Within the case of our automobile, it is linked to a seven-speed dual-clutch automated transmission.

I preserve utilizing the phrase heat, as that is honest. The engine itself is pretty flat-feeling, however due to the transmission it will get via the gears rapidly, feeling punchy in flip.

The twin-clutch transmission may be caught out for those who drive abruptly. For instance, rolling as much as an intersection and virtually coming to a cease, then deciding to feed it a boot full, is met with hesitation. Additionally, reverse parallel parking up a slight incline may be difficult.

That sums up the entire dual-clutch nuances you will discover right here. The N Line Premium is now supplied with a handbook, nonetheless, so take into account being a traditionalist if such quirks do not sit effectively with you.

Total, there’s sufficient efficiency for many, however these wanting extra ought to try the mighty i30 N Efficiency as an alternative.

By way of driver-assist methods, Hyundai’s SmartSense security package deal is fitted as commonplace. It contains low- and high-speed autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian and bike owner detection, lane-keeping help, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise management for automated fashions solely. Blind-spot monitoring will not be included, however given the decent-sized glasshouse, rear-quarter visibility is straightforward sufficient to dwell with.

By way of gasoline utilization, the i30 N Line Premium used 9.3L/100km, which is a contact over two litres greater than the official declare of seven.1L/100km. Nearly all of driving carried out skewed metro, the place visitors is rife.

Sustaining one is an easy affair. Intervals are 12 months or 10,000km, whichever comes first, at a price of $299 per go to. Whole over 5 years? $1495. It is center of the highway, being cheaper than a Mazda 3 to take care of at $300+ per service, and costlier than a Toyota Corolla at $180 per service.

Hyundai’s i30 N Line Premium stays the composed, textbook heat hatch it at all times was, now with added extras. Given its close to on $40K drive-away worth sees it compete with European metallic, notably Volkswagen’s new Golf Mk8 when it arrives, it could be clever for Hyundai to rethink the place it sources Australian inventory from.

By way of showroom attraction, these newbies could have it outgunned. We’ll have to attend and see whether or not its highway manners are sufficient to maintain it aggressive.

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