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Hyundai Australia has released the all-new i30 Sedan N, with the performance-focused small sedan setting its sights on established rivals like the Subaru WRX and Skoda Octavia RS.
Much like the recently facelifted i30 N (hatchback) and i30 Fastback N, the i30 Sedan N is motivated by a 206kW/392Nm 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine, although peak power increases to 213kW for up to 20 seconds when the standard eight-speed dual-clutch automatic is in its N Grin Shift mode.
That said, for buyers that prefer a DIY set-up, a six-speed manual is a no-cost option for the i30 Sedan N, with both transmissions priced from $49,000 plus on-road costs.
With drive sent to the front wheels and an electronic limited-slip differential in tow, i30 Sedan N can use launch control to sprint from a standstill to 100km/h in 5.3 (DCT) or 5.8 (manual) seconds while on the way to a top speed of 250km/h, with this performance punctuated by a variable sports exhaust system.
That said, the i30 Sedan N also has an N Sound Equaliser, or artificial engine noise, which is pumped into the cabin. While that feature isn’t unheard of, this version goes a step further by allowing drivers to adjust each range (whine, throat and bass) to their own tastes.
Other upgrades over the first-generation i30 Sedan (nee Elantra) include a bespoke body kit (with a prominent wing spoiler), 19-inch alloy wheels, 245mm-wide Michelin Pilot Sport 4 S tyres, 360mm brake discs and dual exhaust tailpipes.
Inside, the i30 Sedan N steps up with sports versions of the steering wheel, front seats, gear selector and pedals, while the multimedia system has unique N features, including gauges and a lap timer.
Other standard equipment in the new Subaru WRX and Skoda Octavia RS includes LED lights, Australian-tuned adaptive suspension, 10.25-inch central touchscreen, satellite navigation and Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support.
And then there’s digital radio, a Bose sound system, a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless smartphone charger, a heated steering wheel, heated and cooled front seats, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery and ambient lighting.
Advanced driver-assist systems extend to autonomous emergency braking (with pedestrian and cyclist detection), lane-keep and steering assist, high-beam assist, driver attention warning, active blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert, a reversing camera, front and rear parking sensors, Safe Exit Warning and Rear Occupant alert.
A sunroof is the only option, at $2000, and the price of the first five services is capped at $335 each, with intervals coming every 12 months or 10,000km (whichever comes first).
2022 Hyundai i30 Sedan N pricing before on-road costs
|i30 Sedan N||manual||$49,000|
|i30 Sedan N||automatic||$49,000|