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Hyundai i30 Review Rundown

Hyundai Motor CompanyPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 16 Sep 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*

Overview

Photo of Hyundai i30, i30 N Hatchback, Wagon, and Fastback Sedan (aka Elantra GT, 3th-gen, PD, 2020 Facelift)
Neoscore* 51%
  • Powerful twin-clutch automatic gearbox
  • Excellent brake pedal feel and progression
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The facelifted 3rd-generation Hyundai i30 features a new sleek design and is available with a 48-volt mild hybrid system. The Hyundai i30 N is the latest version of the company's first hot hatch. It has a mild-hybrid 1.0-litre petrol engine and is available with a six-speed manual.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

autocar[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 36%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
For the 2020 model year, the i30 N has been bestowed with an updated suspension tune. Front spring rates have been softened by some 5%; larger bump stops have been added; and there's a slightly more slimline anti-roll bar across its nose. The front and rear dampers have been tweaked, too, and the ESP software has been revised. The electronically locking differential remains, as do the 271bhp four-pot motor and six-speed gearbox.
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Pros[**]
  • Powerful engine
  • Excellent brake pedal feel and progression
  • Impressive handling
Cons[**]
  • Suspension isn't for everyone

autocar[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 41%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
The updated i30 N feels better suited to UK roads than the 2017 original version ever did. Weighty, filtered precision is what the handling does best. steering, like the dampers, needs to be left set as mildly as possible in order to be kept at all natural-feeling. It's quick-geared but becomes really leaden and lifeless in the more aggressive driving modes.
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Pros[**]
  • More power than before
  • Lots of fun to drive
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autocar[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 45%
Reviewers from Autocar have found the following[***]:
The i30 has always lacked the driving zest and design elan of the best family hatchbacks, so Hyundai is pinning its hopes on this mid-life refresh. At the heart of the changes are the revised and electrically enhanced engines, a pair of petrols and a diesel. There's also a new 158bhp 1.5-litre, which is available exclusively in the coupé-styled i30 Fastback. Hyundai has also updated and extended the scope of its Smart Sense safety kit for the i30.
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Pros[**]
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Easy-to-use infotainment system
  • Lots of tech upgrades
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Hyundai i30 N was the first proper hot hatchback from the Korean brand. The Performance model tested here has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 271bhp and 378Nm of torque. There's a six-speed manual gearbox, and the car can accelerate from 0-62mph in 6.1 seconds.
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Pros[**]
  • Fast, fun and practical
  • Suspension that's better suited to British roads
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 77%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Hyundai i30 N was already a good, going on great hot hatch. But the addition of an excellent (though still optional) eight-speed dual clutch gearbox has made it better still. As has a range of other small but significant improvements to thei30 N in general, both inside and out.
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Pros[**]
  • Class-leading performance
  • Excellent eight-speed dual clutch gearbox
  • Excellent fuel economy
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

autoexpress[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 34%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
New 158bhp 1.5-litre Fastback model only comes in the firm's racy N Line trim. Performance figures are brisk if not blistering, with Hyundai claiming an 8.8-second sprint from 0-62mph and a top speed of 130mph. But the sluggish dual-clutch gearbox and overly firm ride compromise the overall package and its ability as a family car.
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Pros[**]
  • Racy new exterior
  • Comfortable to drive
  • Fully-fledged N model
Cons[**]
  • Sluggish dual-clutch gearbox
  • Poor ride quality

autoexpress[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 62%
Reviewers from Autoexpress have found the following[***]:
The Hyundai i30 N rocked the hot hatchback establishment when it first arrived in 2017. It's now also available with a new gearbox, as we're testing here. The DCT-equipped model is feisty and fun, with a strong engine, lots of chassis tech and grippy handling. But a manual gearbox unlocks more of what's on offer.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Powerful engine
  • Lots of chassis tech
  • Comfortable to drive
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Hyundai i30 N 2020 UK review. Autocar. 2020-07-02. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Hyundai i30 N Performance N-DCT 2021 UK review. Autocar. 2021-07-19. Retrieved 2021-07-28.
  3. 3. ^ Hyundai i30 2020 UK review. Autocar. 2020-10-21. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  4. 4. ^ New Hyundai i30 N 2020 review. Autoexpress. 2020-05-22. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ New Hyundai i30 N Fastback DCT 2020 review. Autoexpress. 2020-11-11. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ New Hyundai i30 Fastback N Line 2020 review. Autoexpress. 2020-10-26. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ New Hyundai i30 N Performance DCT 2021 review. Autoexpress. 2021-07-28. Retrieved 2021-07-28.
  8. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  9. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  10. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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