2021 Hyundai i30 N revealed with new automatic gearbox: price, specs and release date

Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
Nick Lette van Oostvoorne
September 24, 2020

The Hyundai i30 N has received a bunch of visual and mechanical tweaks for 2021. Read on for full details.

  • Revised bumper design
  • New headlights
  • New automatic gearbox
  • Larger infotainment screen
  • Re-tuned suspension
  • 250hp/280hp options
  • Performance Pack remains
  • On sale in 2021

The Hyundai i30 N has been reworked for 2021 and now features more aggressive styling and the option of a dual-clutch automatic gearbox – a first for this VW Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R alternative.

The new Hyundai i30 N looks more aggressive than ever. 

2021 Hyundai i30 N design

The new Hyundai i30 N gets a remodelled front bumper with more angular air intakes and revised lights. The outgoing car’s intake-mounted daytime running lights have gone and the new model integrates these as sharp V-shaped LEDs within the main headlights.

The i30 N’s silhouette is practically identical to the outgoing car’s. 

You’ll spot new alloy wheels at the side and a pair of updated brake lights and a subtly tweaked rear bumper at the rear. As before, the Hyundai i30 N’s bumpers come with bright red contrasting details – so you don’t mistake it for a run-of-the-mill i30.

As standard, you get a 250hp 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine. 

2021 Hyundai i30 N engine and gearbox

As before, the Hyundai i30 N comes with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. This produces 250hp as standard, but you’ll be able to upgrade to a 280hp Performance Pack model. This also adds a limited-slip front differential to reduce wheelspin when you accelerate out of tight corners and larger, more powerful brakes.

The new Hyundai i30 N comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard, but you’ll be able to pay extra for a dual-clutch automatic gearbox for the first time. This eight-speed automatic can shift automatically or you can choose when to change gear using paddles behind the steering wheel.

The new i30 N is available with an automatic gearbox for the first time. 

2021 Hyundai i30 N driving

The outgoing Hyundai i30 N is a blast to drive, so Hyundai didn’t need to make too many changes for the new car. As such, Hyundai’s made a few tweaks to the suspension and steering systems to make the car a smidge more comfortable, but that’s it.

As before, the N model gets plenty of sporty upgrades over the standard i30.

2021 Hyundai i30 N interior

The new Hyundai i30 N’s cabin doesn’t look radically different from the outgoing car’s interior. You get a simple dashboard, a sporty steering wheel, a set of more supportive seats and a smattering of subtle N badges.

The 10.25-inch central touchscreen is new for 2021.

You’ll now be able to upgrade the standard 8.0-inch touchscreen to a larger 10.25-inch display. This comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring so you’ll be able to use your favourite navigation and music-streaming apps through the car’s built-in screen.

2021 Hyundai i30 N safety

The new Hyundai i30 N comes with a bolstered range of safety features. You can get automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, lane-keeping assistance, blind-spot warning and rear-cross-traffic assist that’ll warn you if you’re about to reverse out of a parking space into traffic.

The new i30 N goes on sale in early 2021.

2021 Hyundai i30 N price and release date

The new Hyundai i30 N will go on sale in Europe and the UK in early 2021. It is expected to cost slightly more than the outgoing model. The standard version will cost from around £28,000 while Performance Pack models will set you back around £30,000. Versions with an automatic gearbox are likely to cost an extra £1,000 across the range.

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