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2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N pricing and specs

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2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N pricing and specs

Hyundai Australia has confirmed pricing and specifications for the new i30 Fastback N, which kicks off $1500 dearer than its hatchbacked sibling...

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2019 Hyundai i30 N review
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2019 Hyundai i30 N review

My colleagues were raving about Korea's first fully fledged hot hatch, so a recent break from work seemed the perfect chance to discover what all the fuss was about.


Hyundai i30 Fastback N: Australian debut due March or April
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Hyundai i30 Fastback N: Australian debut due March or April

Hyundai has confirmed its coupe-styled i30 Fastback N will be touching down in Australia during March or April. With power from the same 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine as the i30 N hatchback, making the same 202kW and 353Nm – and jumping to 378Nm on overboost. For now, the engine is mated exclusively to a six-speed manual transmission, but a dual-clutch auto is coming late this year...


The CarAdvice Winners Circle 2018, Kez Casey: Hyundai i30 N
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The CarAdvice Winners Circle 2018, Kez Casey: Hyundai i30 N

Hyundai can’t make a hot hatch, can it? From the very moment the South Korean brand announced it would be creating its own performance division, the i30 N drew a line in the sand. Automotive enthusiasts lined up on either side to be either for or against the newcomer. Some claimed Hyundai had no heritage, which somehow made its challenger invalid...


Hyundai i30 N v Renault Megane RS v Volkswagen Golf GTI comparison
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Hyundai i30 N v Renault Megane RS v Volkswagen Golf GTI comparison

Renault and Volkswagen engineers had the great minds to think alike in 1976. Each group took their respective manufacturer’s humble three-door hatchback and beefed up it with go-faster components – creating a whole new breed of affordable performance car for enthusiasts...


Are track days a thing of the past? Doing a tarmac rally in the Hyundai i30 N
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Are track days a thing of the past? Doing a tarmac rally in the Hyundai i30 N

I remember watching Targa Tasmania one year and thinking how cool it would be to get a race car and have a crack. It wasn’t long before I realised it’s much harder than it looks, it’s much more expensive than it looks, and I’d likely run out of skill shortly before spearing off the road into a tree...


Civic  Type R v i30 N v Megane RS drag race - video
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Civic Type R v i30 N v Megane RS drag race - video

While the small hot hatch segment is bursting at the seams these days, but three recently-released models stick out as driver's picks – the Honda Civic Type R, Hyundai i30 N, and Renault Megane RS. Britain's Top Gear pits these three front-drive manual hot hatches against each other in a new video posted on YouTube, to see which is fastest in a straight line...


Poll: Hyundai i30 Fastback N claims in-house bragging rights
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Poll: Hyundai i30 Fastback N claims in-house bragging rights

The Hyundai i30N Fastback has comfortably beaten its hatchback sibling in our latest poll, suggesting it'll be a hit when it arrives in Australia next year. With four doors, a six-speed manual transmission, and a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbo engine making 184kW/353Nm in standard trim and 202kW/353Nm in Performance guise, we already have a pretty good idea about how the Fastback will drive...


Hyundai i30 N Option concept revealed
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Hyundai i30 N Option concept revealed

Hyundai has revealed the i30 N Option show car at the 2018 Paris motor show, previewing some of the racy add-ons buyers could soon add to their hot hatches. No less than 25 exterior and interior individualisation options are showcased on this vehicle, including a carbon-fibre bodykit, a massive carbon-fibre rear wing, and 20-inch lightweight alloys shod in high-performance semi-slick tyres...


Poll: 2019 Audi e-tron lands first blow in EV battle
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Poll: 2019 Audi e-tron lands first blow in EV battle

They're both electric, they're both German and they're both official – finally. It appears the more conventional Audi e-tron quattro is leading the electric charge, having toppled the Mercedes-Benz EQC in our latest poll. A handy 66 per cent of respondents to the poll favoured the angular Audi, which is already being produced ahead of a European market launch at the end of this year...


2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N revealed
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2019 Hyundai i30 Fastback N revealed

The Hyundai i30 Fastback N has been revealed ahead of its world premiere at the Paris motor show next week. It’s the second model from the company’s N Performance Division, following in the wheel tracks of the hot-selling hatch model already on sale. The good news for Aussie punters who like the swoopier coupe-like styling is that it’s on track to arrive locally by March 2019...


CarAdvice podcast 120: How did the i30 N get its exhaust note?
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CarAdvice podcast 120: How did the i30 N get its exhaust note?

Mike Costello and Kez Casey join Mandy Turner this week. In car news, the 2019 Mercedes-Benz GLE has been revealed, 2019 HSV Camaro pricing and specs have been announced, and the Bugatti W16 engine will 'the last of its kind'. Also, cars with alpha Takata airbag inflators in South Australia won't be registrable from November 1...


Hyundai N: Two more models likely, but no G70 N - report
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Hyundai N: Two more models likely, but no G70 N - report

Hyundai's N division is plotting two more models after the i30 Fastback N (above) – set to debut at the Paris motor show – but a more focused version of the Genesis G70 luxury sedan won't be among them. Speaking with industry journal Automotive News, Hyundai's head of vehicle testing and high-performance development, Albert Biermann, said a fourth N model is definitely in the plan, with an additional "surprise" potentially in the pipeline...


Hyundai i30 Fastback N here in 2019
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Hyundai i30 Fastback N here in 2019

Hyundai Australia has confirmed it will offer the i30 Fastback N next year, shortly after the company's global division issued some teaser images of its newest N model in action. Scheduled to be unveiled later this year, the i30 Fastback N is based on the i30 Fastback offered in Europe, combining the five-door coupe body with the performance-focused underpinnings of the i30 N hatchback...


Hyundai N Line coming to core range – report
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Hyundai N Line coming to core range – report

Hyundai's N Division – responsible for its performance models and motorsport endeavours – has confirmed a line of sport-themed variants based on existing models, and N-branded options and accessories, according to a new report out of the US...


2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video, Part 1: Track
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2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test Video, Part 1: Track

We pit five of the best turbo hot hatches - and one wildcard sedan - against one another to find out which is the fastest and most fun small rocketship for under $60k. In this video we test outright performance and lap times...


2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test
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2018 Hot Hatch Mega Test

Is there a more vibrant and diverse segment on the market right now than that labelled 'hot hatch'? In fact, is it technically a segment at all, but rather a broad net cast wide enough to include a $25K compact-sized Suzuki Swift Sport at one extreme and larger, circa-$80K Audi RS3s and Merc-AMG A45s at the other? And that’s just hatchbacks...


CarAdvice podcast 100: We celebrate our 100th episode at Mercedes me Melbourne! 
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CarAdvice podcast 100: We celebrate our 100th episode at Mercedes me Melbourne! 

We celebrate our 100th episode at Mercedes me Melbourne! On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Andrew Beecher, Alborz Fallah, Tony Crawford, Mike Stevens, Scott Collie and James Wong. In car news, the BMW Concept iX3 and 2019 Lexus ES has been revealed, and Mercedes-Benz A-Class L sedan and Mercedes-Maybach Vision Ultimate Luxury has been unveiled...


Hyundai's i30 N is a proper hot hatch, and a Golf GTI beater
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Hyundai's i30 N is a proper hot hatch, and a Golf GTI beater

Dethroning a king is never easy. Historically, even knifing a king in the back is a dangerous business, let alone removing one as publicly as we have done this week. You’ll see, through our comprehensive comparisons, Hyundai's i30 N has ended the Volkswagen Golf GTI's reign as the quintessential hot hatch...


2018 Hyundai i30 N v Volkswagen Golf GTI 5-door comparison
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2018 Hyundai i30 N v Volkswagen Golf GTI 5-door comparison

Trent Nikolic: Traditionally, boxing’s heavyweight division is the one that gets the most attention. Something to do with the big boys and their savage, one-punch-knockout power. Middleweight, however, has always been the glamour division. With fast, nimble, deceptive all-rounders – it’s the division the purists love to watch...