Hyundai better bring some version of this car to the US.
Much to our excitement, Hyundai finally , the i30N. The i30N wasn't the Golf R and Focus RS rival that we initially thought it would be, but it does look like an impressive rival for the GTI and Focus ST. And there could be an . Unfortunately, the this awesome hatchback because it will not be sold stateside. This is extremely disappointing news, especially considering the car's recently announced starting price of just 24,995 GBP (around $33,600) in the UK.
This may sound like a lot of money, but converting pounds to dollars is not a perfect way of determining how much a car would cost in the US. For example, the Volkswagen Golf GTI costs £28,320 in the UK, which is around $38,000. We may never get an answer as to how much the i30N would cost in the US, but it would likely be less than the GTI, which starts at $24,995. The base i30N produces 247 hp, while the more powerful version (which starts at £27,995) has 271 hp. Even the base i30N comes standard with niceties like 18-inch wheels, Michelin Pilot Super Sport tires, and electronically controlled suspension, adaptive cruise control and LED head and tail lights.
The performance version of the car adds 19-inch wheels, Pirelli P-Zero tires, a limited-slip differential, bigger brakes, electronically adjustable leather seats and an active exhaust. The i30N is really shaping up to be a bargain. We hope that Hyundai does bring some version of this drivetrain in the Elantra or Veloster as a cheaper alternative to the current hot hatchbacks on the market.