Korean hot hatch due in mid-April from $39,990

Australian pricing and specifications for the 2018 Hyundai i30 N have been announced this week, ahead of a mid-April arrival.

Starting from $39,990 before on-road costs, the Korean manufacturer's first hot hatch dips below the magical $40,000 barrier, and comes standard with the higher-output 202kW/353Nm version (378Nm on overboost) of Hyundai's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine.

Equipment highlights include an active variable exhaust, an electro-mechanical limited-slip differential, launch control, 19-inch alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero HN tyres, LED headlights and tail-lights with LED daytime-running lights, dual-zone climate control, an 8.0-inch satellite navigation system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with alloy sports pedals.

There's also cloth-trimmed front sports seats, a leather steering wheel, one-touch up/down windows all round, four-way driver's power lumbar adjustment, automatic headlights, a rear-view camera and tyre pressure monitoring.

Keeping drivers safe are seven airbags and the Hyundai SmartSense package, which includes autonomous emergency braking, driver attention alert, forward collision warning and lane-keep assist. There's no adaptive cruise control or blind-spot monitoring, however.

Customers can add "their desired level of luxury" through two option packages: the Luxury Pack and Luxury Pack with panoramic sunroof – creative naming, we know.

The Luxury Pack ($3000) adds gear like front parking sensors, power-folding exterior mirrors, solar control windscreen glass, 12-way power front seat adjustment with driver memory function, upgraded front seats with leather bolsters and suede inserts, smart key with push-button start, wireless smartphone charging, privacy glass, heated front seats and steering wheel, along with an electrochromic rear-view mirror.

Meanwhile, the Luxury Pack with Panoramic Sunroof ($5000) gives you all the features of the Luxury Pack with the addition of a panoramic sunroof, as the name suggests.

Premium paint is the only other cost-option, asking an additional $495. Speaking of paint, six colours will be available – Polar White, Performance Blue and Engine Red (Solid), along with Phantom Black, Clean Slate and Micron Gray (mica/metallic).

Note: Overseas model shown


2018 Hyundai i30 pricing

Go 2.0 - $19,990/$22,290 (6MT/6AT)

Go 1.6TD - $22,490/$24,990 (6MT/7DCT)

Active 2.0 - $20,950/23,250 (6MT/6AT)

Active 1.6TD - $23,450/25,950 (6MT/7DCT)

SR 1.6T - $25,950/$28,950 (6MT/7DCT)

SR Premium 1.6T - $33,950 (7DCT)

Elite 1.6TD - $28,950 (7DCT)

Premium 1.6TD - $33,950 (7DCT)

N 2.0T - $39,990 (6MT)

All prices exclude on-road costs