2022 Hyundai i30 Sedan N – It might be Hyundai’s fourth and final N model for 2021, but the i30 Sedan N is also the most highly-developed and quickest car to ever to wear the N badge. Critically, and in stark contrast to its i30 Hatch N sibling, the Sedan is based on a more advanced platform (K3) which not only gets a longer wheelbase but boasts a slew of modifications designed to make it Hyundai’s most dynamically capable car yet.
2022 Hyundai i30 Sedan N Redesign
Headlining the Sedan N’s go-fast arsenal is the rally-inspired integrated drive axle that combines the driveshaft, wheel hub and wheel bearing into a single lightweight unit in the interests of steering feel and cornering performance. In fact, not only is the unit smaller by some margin, but it also shaves 1.7kg off each corner, is 55 per cent more rigid, and allows for a 59 per cent larger wheel bearing, which can tolerate more torque. There’s a list of engineering improvements longer than your arm designed to transform this humble city sedan into a corner-carving track weapon, which also doubles as a segment-leading daily if we’re talking comfort, equipment, and general versatility. The chassis is reinforced with bracing and additional structures that increase torsional rigidity by almost 30 per cent, thanks to additional floor structures that have been bolted on in the tunnel and behind the front subframe. Spring rates have been dialled up and paired to the adaptive dampers for better road holding at the limit, as well as more compliance on the road. Suspension geometry has been overhauled with an entirely new structure and bushings, along with new front strut rings that connect the suspension to the body with more attachment points for more precise body control.
Even the tyres are bespoke to the i30 Sedan N. They’re the top-shelf and super-grippy Michelin Pilot Sport 4S units – wider than ever before, with the letters ‘HN’ written on the sidewall. Oh, and the newly designed 19-inch alloy wheels have increased stiffness compared with previous N models, and get machined-finish spokes. While Hyundai’s in-house-developed eight-speed dual-clutch transmission is used across the i30 N range, it’s worth noting it’s a ‘wet’ DCT that’s oil-submerged for less friction and heat. That means you get better torque transfer on the track.
Brakes have always been a real strength of N cars, and while the sedan is this 360 mm upfront as the hatch’s, they now get a new Brake Prefill function that primes the braking pressure as the driver eases off the throttle. Everywhere you look there have been significant changes made, down to the smallest details. Last but by no means least, the adaptive suspension software has been locally tuned, likely to combat the litany of poor roads across Australia, which we can tell you categorically works a treat on this car.
2022 Hyundai i30 Sedan N Price & Release Date
The new 2022 Hyundai Sedan N Premium is sold in a single variant with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine and costs $49,000 before on-road costs. Buyers can choose between either an eight-speed wet-type dual-clutch transmission with multiple drive modes and settings or a six-speed manual gearbox with auto rev-matching. There are just two colours included as standard including Polar White and Performance Blue, while all five Premium paints (Cyber Grey Metallic, Fluid Metal Metallic, Phantom Black Mica, Fiery Red Mica and Intense Blue) are optional and cost $495. The only other option is a sunroof, which costs $2000.
Interestingly, you can get an i30 Fastback N, with a six-speed manual for $49,000, or pay $52,000 for the eight-speed DCT, plus on-roads. Order books are due to close soon though, so you better get in quick. Then, there’s the i30 N Premium hatchback, priced from $47,500 for the six-speed manual or $52,000 for the N Premium with sunroof, if you prefer the hatchback body. Rival performance sedans for under $50,000 are non-existent. Audi offers the quicker S3 Sedan from $72,400 for those with deeper pockets, but you’ll only get three years factory warranty compared to Hyundai’s five-year term.