Does the fastback version of the i30N look better than the hatch?

But is it any faster?
by Ollie Kew | Sep 27, 2018
PHOTO: Hyundai

See, Hyundai’s created a swoopy-roofed version of its superb i30N hot hatch. Meet the i30N Fastback, as everyone will call it. Except Hyundai, which insists on clumsily titling it the i30 Fastback N. Which looks like a typo.

The UK gets the ultimate N Performance version of the i30 Fastback. It ups power from 248hp to 273hp, and chops 0.3sec from the 0-100kph sprint--it’s dusted in 6.1 seconds. Don’t go looking for token acceleration gains versus the i30N hatchback--the Fastback N is exactly as quick as its slightly roomier sibling.

You still get a 450-liter trunk and five doors, so anyone seduced by the cute tail (and not put off by a slightly odd front-three quarter view) won’t be too hard-done by on space. And they’ll end up with one of Top Gear’s absolute favorite real-world fast cars of 2018, if the sensational hatch is anything to go by.

Happily, Hyundai’s gamble of setting itself up to fight the Golf GTI, and other hot hatches. While revealing the i30 N Fastback--as we shall insist on calling it--the company has also announced “…almost 3,000 i30 N five-door hatchback units were sold in the first half of 2018 in Europe… exceeding initial sales expectations.”

See, it’s not just us that’s been bowled over by Korea’s upstart assault on the hot-hatch scene. Folks are buying these things at a rate even Hyundai didn’t expect. Good job Hyundai is better at setting up fast hatches than they are at naming them.

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