Last week, Hyundai revealed a new and improved version of the i30 N. It’s fitted with all sorts of stuff you might want - a little more power, bigger brakes, forged wheels, and the option of a dual-clutch automatic gearbox. Oh, and, erm, light-up N badges on the seats.
The thing is, these are all tweaks rather than fundamental changes. If you’re happy to do without them (and we’re definitely fine doing without illuminated badging), the pre-update version of the car has been around long enough to give some healthy depreciation-related savings.
We found a 2017 i30 N Performance on BuyaCar.co.uk, which is up for £18,290 - over £11,000 less than Hyundai charges for a brand new one. As it’s the Performance, you get more power (271bhp), bigger brakes, 19-inch wheels wrapped in bespoke Pirelli P Zeroes, and an electronically-controlled locking differential.
It’s finished in Performance Blue, which is arguably the best colour for the car. The equipment list on these doesn’t leave you wanting for much, meanwhile, with keyless entry, an electrically-adjustable driver’s seat and adaptive dampers all originally fitted as standard.
You’ll get more gear with an FK8 Honda Civic Type R GT, but you won’t get one anywhere near as cheap as this, and you’ll need to live with the Marmite looks.
Our i30 N pick is one of the leggiest out there, having covered 43,890 in its three years on planet Earth. If you’re happy spending more, this i30 N Fastback is a year newer, has done a more reasonable 15,500 miles, and is up for £19,890.