The Hyundai i30 N Line arrives as the first Hyundai with N Line trim offering some of the looks of the i30N in a more affordable package.
BMW and Mercedes have done good business in recent years attaching watered-down M and AMG line trims to buyers who want the looks but don’t want the costs of fully fledged performance models, and, on the more mainstream front, Ford’s ST-Line models do the same thing. And now Hyundai is playing the same game with a new N Line trim.
Hyundai’s ‘N Line’ trim offerings kick off, appropriately, with the new Hyundai i30 N Line which comes with interior and exterior elements from the proper i30N, and small oily bits tweaks to make a slightly more focussed i30.
New bumpers, with silver paint line, 18″ alloys, twin tail pipes and new ‘N Line’ badging go some way to show this i30 is a bit ‘N’, although as the i30N itself has a subtle sporty makeover the N Line model was never going to be loud. Inside there’s an N gearshift knob and the option of N-Branded suede sports seats.
Engine choice appears to be limited to the 1.4 litre T-GDI petrol with 138bhp – just half of the actual i30N – the brakes are a bit bigger and the tyres are Michelin PS4s.
Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Hyundai’s Marketing VP in Europe, said:
Our i30 N has been hugely successful since launch, showcasing our capabilities in high-performance engineering and emotionalising our brand with its fun-to-drive factor. Now we are extending that feeling to a wider audience with the new i30 N Line. We believe the comprehensive package of design and engineering enhancements will continue to attract more new customers to the Hyundai brand in Europe
The Hyundai i30 N Line goes on sale in the UK later in the summer, by which time Hyundai will have come up with prices.