Bowen's Report Card
2021 Hyundai i30 Sedan N-Line Premium Automatic Review
- Sleek looks
- Terrific dynamics
- Sedan benefits
- Firm ride
- Lacks genuine N performance
- Rear headroom
THE BOWEN SCORE
“The i30 N-Line sedan is simply a brilliantly balanced and highly engaging piece of work, although don’t confuse it with a rocket”
The Hyundai i30 N-line Sedan is not an i30 Hatch with a boot. In the US it maintains the long running Elantra nameplate, I have no clue why that’s not the case here. It doesn’t even share the same underpinnings of the hatch, although that’s just all boring jargon we don’t do here. So, let’s check out the top of the range Premium Sedan auto variant.
I get a certain thrill when I know a sedan is headed my way, the constant flow of SUV’s, utes and little electric sewing machines is becoming tiresome. This excludes the Porsche Taycan Turbo S. EVERY DAY OF THE WEEK.
A well sorted and willing sedan stirs my loins, in a purely emotional and enthusiastic way. I’m not some complete whack job, in my opinion.
What we have here is a deceptively smallish yet largish five-door sedan. Under the bonnet sits a 1.6-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine.
It produces 150kW @ 6000rpm and 265Nm @ 1500-4500rpm. Drive is sent to the front wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT).
This endows the N-Line badged sedan with a sprinkling of zing and a dash of vigour.
True standalone N Hyundai’s are the ones far more likely found on a track. For example the i30N hatch and i20N.
N-Line branded Hyundai’s offer somewhat of a compromise. There are the usual drive modes, such as Eco, Normal, Sport and Smart.
Additionally there are a handful of performance hallmarks, such as sporty and locally tuned suspension, paddle shifters, a slick gear box, and a predictable yet rewarding steering rack.
From the drivers seat there’s almost nothing to complain about. The i30 N-Line sedan is simply a brilliantly balanced and highly engaging piece of work, although don’t confuse it with a rocket.
The 0 – 100km/h sprint takes around 7.6 seconds for the DCT or closer to eight-seconds on a good day for the six-speed manual.
The ride is a tad firm too, all the time.
The i30 Sedan N-Line is a halfway house between a benign sedan and a fully pumped up five-door performance beast,
It has all the trimmings with an attractive body kit along with sharp and interesting design elements.
It really drags out the servo observers. These people fall into a few categories. The lingering stare types, the discreet smartphone photo takers and the sudden emerge from a bush type people. The latter appear without warning, invading your personal space. That space has widened somewhat these days, anywhere within a 10 metre square radius seems invasive.
Although, I’m always up for a chat.
I think it looks a little odd front on, all other angles I find unique and frankly sexy.
There’s an auto and Premium automatic model on offer, along with the base manual. The as tested model here was the $37,290 before on-roads Premium variant.
The extra coin scores you a larger 10.25 inch-trouchscreen rather than a tiny eight-incher. Plus a spectacular 10.25-inch instrument cluster that changes the theme and colour to suit driving modes.
There’s also a sunroof, Bose sound system heated and cooled front seats, rear parking collision driver assist tech, front parking sensors, auto dimming rear-view mirror, plus auto high-beam.
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard and look very slick on the high definition screen.
The massive list of passive and active safety systems are almost becoming standard on every car these days. There was once a time when we’d count airbags. Now adaptive cruise control with lane keep assist, autonomous emergency breaking and speed sign recognition almost barely rate a mention. The i30 Sedan N-Line Sedan is certainly well equipped to stop you from hitting or being hit from almost every conceivable angle.
The cabin feels modern and quite sophisticated. I will say that the lower half of the centre console hasn’t aged well, there’s too many buttons and an old school LCD display.
Comfort-wise, dual-zone air conditioning is always welcome. There’s some nice touches of what looks and feels like leather inserts, strips of red stitching, ambient lighting, N-Line embossed sports seats and a surprising amount of space.
That includes a 474-litre boot!
Head room is compromised in the rear due to the sleek nature of the rear portion of the roof line.
Overall, it’s sharp-looking interior that’s quite impressive and comfortable for day to day duties.
Value For Money
Before on-roads you can score a manual Hyundai i30 Sedan N-Line from $30,290 (it’s also more fun to drive). The base auto starts from $32,290 while this as tested Premium auto kicks off at $37,290.
Fuel economy is rated at 6.8L/100km. I averaged 8.9L/100km over one particular 198km trip, not too bad for me.
Hyundai offers a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. Kia still offer a seven-year safety net, so perhaps you might be interested in the Kia Cerato GT sedan, also a ripper.
Capped price servicing requires a trip to the dealer every 10,000km and will cost $299 for the first five trips.
What I Love
It’s a legit head turner.
Bowen’s Report Card
There are some elements of the cabin, which look a little bit dated. So in that respect, I’m half impressed and then I’m half disappointed. The drive is sublime. It’s too firm given it’s not an all-out sports car. Although, my far flung location is surrounded by old stock routes and goat tracks.
Having said all that, it certainly is a modern, sophisticated offering from Hyundai who is just pumping out so many different makes and models it almost makes my head spin. The Hyundai i30 Sedan N-Line Premium auto scores an 82 out of 100 from me!