At the end of 2017 Hyundai launched a car so good that it jumped into my top three favourite cars I drove that year. It was called the i30N and it was the Korean company’s first proper go at a hot hatch – I loved it. Now Hyundai has come up with another hot machine which should be just as good – the i30 Fastback N. It’s essentially an i30 hatchback given the Merc CLS or five-door coupe treatment. There’s a new sportier nose design but the big change is that the roof has been lowered by an inch to give that coupe shape, although it puzzles me why the performance branding – N – comes so late in the car’s name. This is particularly odd because Hyundai has created a new trim level which it calls N-Line so there’s room for plenty of confusion. Talking of naming, the lovely silver Fastback badge on the back looks like it’s come off some gorgeous Maserati from the 1960s. The i30 Fastback N is reasonably attractive rather than … [Read more...] about ‘I didn’t think Hyundai could improve one of my Top 3 cars
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ACCORDING to a poll, the age at which we should stop wearing jeans is 53. Really? I’d go much lower and say 18 for stonewashed or ripped jeans and any grown-up in skinny jeans and a beanie hat should be shot. But it got me thinking: At what age should we stop driving hot hatches with whale-tail spoilers? Thirty-five? Forty? We are supposed to be responsible adults by then, right? Well, there is a way around it. You can still have the thrills and a six-second 0 to 60 in an ordinary but extraordinary Hyundai. Namely the i30 Fastback N. It has the same trick kit as the i30 N Performance hatch transplanted into an understated four-door coupe. That means 275hp, launch control, six-speed manual, rev matching on the downshifts, beefy brakes and a limited slip diff for mega front-end grip. But you don’t look a tool like Uncle Dave in his Honda Civic Type R. Another thing that pleases me is the five drive modes: Eco, Normal, Sport, N and Custom. Not only are they noticeably … [Read more...] about Hyundai’s i30 Fastback N delivers 275bhp family-friendly hot-hatch thrills
Motoring by Press Association 15/01/2019, 11:31 am Updated: 15/01/2019, 11:43 am FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter What is it? Dial back a few years and the thought of Hyundai embedding itself as an established competitor in a performance car segment would be laughable — but the success of the i30 N has proven that wrong. The hatch has quickly earned a name as one of the best cars in the hot hatch segment, immediately bringing real weight to the ‘N’ badge. Following the i30 came the Veloster N for global markets (not UK bound, sadly) and now there’s a third model in the range — the i30 Fastback N. Mechanically similar to the i30 N hatch, the Fastback N brings a real sporting edge to the four-door variant — but can it match the success of its hit sibling? What’s new? Keen to not spoil the formula, there aren’t many differences between the Fastback N and its hatch equivalent … [Read more...] about First Drive: Hyundai’s i30 Fastback N is a real hot hatch alternative
LET’S start with a little quiz. Is it A) Qashqai; B) Evoque; C) Sportage; or D) something else. Now Honda is adding a seven-seat option for the first time — and dumping diesel. Clearly styled for lard-arse Yanks. Wide-opening doors, sofa-like seats, bucket-sized storage in the centre console and doors, and big-lettered touchscreen for sausage fingers. Top models also have head-up display and adaptive cruise control with speed sign recognition, two of my favourite things, but what’s with all that plastic wood trim? The boot is also cavernous. Flip down the seats and it can swallow a mountain bike. The load floor is 1.8metres long. KEY FACTSHONDA CR-V Price: £29,000Engine: 1.5-litre petrol turboPower: 173hp, 220Nm0-62mph: 9.8 secsTop speed: 129mphEconomy: 43mpgCO2: 151g/kmOut: September Just remember that when all seven seats are in use, there’s less boot storage than a mouse’s rucksack. Note. The AWD system disconnects for efficiency when rear-wheel … [Read more...] about The world’s best-selling SUV — Honda’s CR-V — now has seven seats – and no diesel option
TWO fast Fords. Both £40k. Both very orange. But the question is: Which one is better? American muscle or European hot hatch? Let’s find out. On the left, we have the Mustang GT packing a naturally aspirated 5-litre V8. Crude and cool, rear-drive, 450hp, loud, drag-strip mode, line lock for big, smokey burnouts. (Quick fact: Mustang outsold the Porsche 911 last year.) On the right, we have the Focus RS powered by a turbocharged 2.3-litre EcoBoost. Clever tech, all-wheel-drive, 375hp, legendary pops and bangs, drift mode for donuts. Clearly, none of this mischief can ever happen on a public road or you’ll end up playing mummies and daddies with Big Vin at HMP Lincoln. So we headed to Santa Pod, Britain’s drag-racing Mecca in Northants, for a quarter-mile face-off. Actually, we gatecrashed official practice for the FIA European Drag Racing Championship, had a quick duel then drove home again. Key factsFord Mustang GT Price: £43,165 Engine: 5-litre V8 0-62mph: … [Read more...] about Mustang and RS go head to head in fast Ford drag race – but which is best?