Hyundai introduce i30 N Line
Hyundai has replaced the well-equipped i30 SR with a new model inspired by its hot hatch.
Following the time-old tradition of comparatively pedestrian models riding on the coat-tails of high-performance models, Hyundai has introduced a new i30 N Line inspired by the aggro i30 N.
Powered by the same 150kW 1.6-litre turbo four as the outgoing i30 SR (as opposed to the N’s 2.0-litre, 202kW donk), the new machine brings a raft of changes including black headlights, new bumpers, seats, a steering wheel and gear knob inspired by the hot hatch.
Sports suspension also features, alongside 18-inch wheels with Michelin tyres.
As with VW’s Golf R-Line, Audi’s A3 S-Line and BMW’s M-Sport packages that take direction from more powerful variants, the Hyundai brings large badges and exterior styling that could be mistaken for the full-power variant.
Priced from $26,490 in manual form or $29,490 with a seven-speed auto ($500 more than before), while a top-end N Line Premium version which replaces the i30 SR Premium costs $34,990 ($500 more than before).
The premium gets a higher-grade seven-speaker stereo, heated and ventilated seats, LED headlights, front parking sensors and more.
Other changes to the i30 range for 2019 include the deletion of rear fog lights from most models and the addition of power mirrors with LED indicators to i30 Go variants equipped with a $1750 active safety pack.
David McCowen is Drive’s news editor, combining automotive passion with more than a decade of reporting experience. Dave is often found at a racetrack – either in the press room, or driving his hot hatch.