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Hyundai i30 Fastback N: Hot Hatch Meets Coupe

For years the Korean giant of Hyundai has always been present but has very rarely caught the headlines. However, undergoing a transformation and the arrival of the i30 and i30 N has seen the manufacturer received to critical acclaim. Now there's a new model to join the roster and it’s called the i30 Fastback N.

In a sea of SUVs and crossovers, one Korean manufacturer has been undergoing a major shift. Once a maker renowned for more budget orientated machines, Hyundai has been on the quality offensive of late has set its sights on the established players with it’s hotter ‘N’ badged product. The arrival of the i30 Fastback N put it in line with models such as the Audi A3 and BMW 2 Series, but what is it, and what does it have going for it?

Hyundai has witnessed a sea change over recent years. A move to reposition the brand into a more quality orientated marque, Hyundai has managed to successfully distance itself from its reputation of old where it often had a connotation of being a cheap and more mass produced car maker.

Recent times has seen Hyundai reinvent itself and arguably the first models to change the marques standing has been the i30. A capable, well produced and stylish hatchback the i30 immediately made an impression and helped to bring the Korean name to a new market.

A subsequent move into the World Rally Championship added further weight to the companies credentials and the arrival of the performance-focused ‘N’ division took the i30 to, previously, untrodden territory.

Coming in at a much lower price point to that of its more established players, the i30N was pitted against hot hatch royalty by the worlds motoring press and managed to pull off somewhat of a coup. A car that can live up to the billing of the established players, the i30N quickly earned the reputation of a hot hatch that should seriously be considered.

Now, there’s a new version, the i30 Fastback N. Taking all the successful recipe of its hatchback counterpart, the Fastback brings another dimension of practicality and revised styling. Coming with an almost coupe-like stance, the Fastback N sees a much more curved profile whilst retaining those sharp angles and lines that define this machine as a sporting contender.

Aggressively styled side skirts and front and rear aprons give this car real poise and allow it an edge over the standard machine. Hyundai hasn’t just invested time in how this machine looks, they’ve also used their engineering prowess to deliver a more than capable chassis. A chassis that's eager and also able to take on the likes of the Audi S3, the i30 N is bound to put a smile on your face.

At the end of the day, the premium German players have their established qualities, but when it comes to value for money and driving thrills, thrills that ultimately put a smile on your face and are also kind to your wallet in the process, it’s hard to deny that the i30 N is strong contender. With the i30 Fastback N, Hyundai looks to continue this recipe.

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