Hyundai’s first proper hot hatchback arrived with a reasonable amount of hype behind it. After nine months of running one in the Top Gear garage, the i30N hasn’t just lived up to those high expectations, but surpassed them.
It’s an extraordinary achievement to cause such an upset first time out, not least when the hot hatch market is in its most exciting ever position. The i30N had to impress against strong rivals from Ford, Honda, Peugeot, Renault, Seat and VW – among many others – but that’s exactly what it’s done. How? Have a click through our i30N’s 2018 photo album.