The South Korean brand is in full attack on all terrains and wants to get rid of its status of follower. To do this, in addition to the development of various solutions such as hybrids, electric or hydrogen, HYUNDAI TEST I30 FASTBACK N is entering the sport. With success on the circuits in WTCR, but also on the road with its sports division N, led by Albert Biermann – debauched at BMW M. We already know the Hyundai i30 N, here is its declination Fastback.


Compared to compact declination, the Hyundai test i30 fastback N offers a slimmer line with a leaking roof line rather than a truncated rear. To do this, the Fastback gains 12 cm in length, exclusively at the rear overhang, and loses nearly 3 centimeters in height. The marketing departments completely overhauling the term coupe are presenting it as a sedan-coupe.

For the rest, the Hyundai i30 Fastback N 2019 uses the codes of the sports division of the brand with a grille honeycomb receiving the N logo and the specific front shield, 19-inch wheels, the diffuser rear flanked by two tailpipes and triangular fog lamp. Finally, we find a small spoiler black trunk.



I do not come here to talk about the price of 36 200 € which, of fact, does not make it accessible to everyone while staying in the category average. This is not the trunk volume that wins many deciliters thanks to the lengthening of the overhang with 450 liters against only 395 liters for the compact that makes me complain. No, my problem is in the cockpit. Indeed, the space on board is counted, the rear seats because of the lower roof line, but also to the front.

This is probably the major fault of the Hyundai test i30 fastback N or not. The driving position automatically excludes big jigs and every extra centimeter above the 1.80 meter becomes a problem. Driving with the eyes at the level of the visor is not fun the time of a test, but frankly crippling at the time of a purchase.

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It’s a shame, because the cabin has something to seduce with its sport seats in leather and Alcan Tara, offering good reception and good support. Red stitching also brings a sportier dimension to this interior, as do the same-colored ventilation rims and sports steering wheel.

I could of course talk to you about the 8-inch touchscreen or the USB and 12V outlets, but I’m more attracted to the aluminum crankset and the leather and aluminum shifter knob that seems to call for start-up.



It is at the airport of Gran Canaria that my test begins, under a blue sun and a temperature for the least lenient of 25 ° C while the snow falls in Paris. I send a photo to taunt my loved ones remained in the greyness and starts the 4-cylinder 2.0 T-GDi of 275 hp and 353 Nm (378 Nm with over boost).

The sound is immediately evocative of sportsmanship. It is not ubiquitous and will probably not disturb your neighbors in the morning, but it is flattering for the ear. I leave the airport area and carefully avoid going to the city to use the highway. The Hyundai i30 Fastback N is rather docile and comfortable, not afraid of long journeys. The controlled damping has been slightly modified compared to the compact, to offer more distinct modes. The comfort mode is therefore perfectly livable, even when I leave the highway for a sometimes-uneven cornice road.


This is very comfortable, but what I want is to join the peak of Las Nieves at 1 949 meters above sea level, in the center of this small island of 1 590 km², by winding roads. Neither one nor two, I take a road that goes “in the land”. I leave far in my retro broad roads and horrible buildings dedicated to summer mass tourism, in a rather desert atmosphere where vegetation is sparse.

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The roads are narrowing as much as they are empty, the opportunity to test the famous N mode. The damping is strengthened and the accelerator becomes more responsive while the exhaust is completely released, offering amusing strokes at sunrise. foot. As soon as visibility allows, I imagine myself in Thierry Neuville at the wheel of his model of WRC. If only the steering difference between the two of us is at least similar to the difference between our respective models. Nevertheless, the Hyundai test i30 fastback N offers a very good front, responsive to the envy that allows me to chain turns with ease. Small flat all the same for the electronic differential that acts on the brakes. If I feel his presence and do not deny its usefulness, I find it a shame not to be passed either by a real mechanical differential, or by one that acts directly on the wheels.

As for the rear train, it wants to be safe by being not mobile, like most competitors currently. Only the Magana IV R.S. offers a very mobile rear, but difficult to define. Nevertheless, in these conditions I would still like him more player. While gaining altitude, the few pins and tight turns highlight the free braking, but also a slight dip at low speeds during times. For its part, the gearshift, falling on hand, offers precise locks without the consistency is particularly firm.

The climb to the peak of Las Nieves offers a beautiful variety of landscapes and vegetation that grows with altitude while the temperature drops drastically bringing rain and fog. Conditions that make it possible to appreciate the South Korean rear wheel that is not very mobile, which can be used in all conditions.


With the Hyundai test i30 fastback N , the manufacturer definitively ceases his role of follower without taking the role of leader. It offers a successful and successful vehicle that does not fear the competition but does not surpass it. In Hyundai test i30 fastback N 2019 , the competition is almost non-existent. At most, we could oppose the Honda Civic which is halfway between the compact and sedan-coupe. An offer that has many assets to seduce, homogeneous and without real defects if not a driving position that deserves to be widely reviewed. The price of 36 200 € is in the category average, especially as the Hyundai is quite well-equipped standard and of course offers the famous 5-year warranty.