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£27,440 when new
It’s Hyundai’s hot hatch! It is, and it’s in the UK, the natural home of the hot hatch. Britain’s buyers lap them up, and our roads present the kind of boisterous assault course that can liven up even the most prosaic of front-driven performance cars. This Hyundai i30 N is not one of those, though. In fact, it’s one of the most convincing hot hatches on sale. And one of the most convincing cars I’ve driven all year. The basic 247bhp car costs £24,995, while £3,000 more gets you the i30 N Performance with 271bhp. That’s the car we have here. Both hit 155mph and complete 0-62mph in a smidge over six seconds, but the Performance boasts an electrically controlled differential, bigger 19in wheels with bespoke Pirelli tyres, a sports exhaust and leather seats, though you can spec those back to fabric to save some kilos. Isn’t it Hyundai’s first proper performance car?