Rate It: The Hyundai i30 N Fastback Is Like a Sleeker Elantra GT

Sure, we never got a full N model of the Elantra GT, but at least we got a taste with the N-Line version. However, there is one model that we've yet to sample here in the States: the i30 Fastback.

Also available as a full-on N model like the one pictured here, the Fastback takes the body of the normal i30 hatchback (known as the Elantra GT in these parts) and cuts it down to have a sloping rear profile. Essentially, that gives the car the look of a sedan, but with a large-opening hatch instead of a trunk—kind of like the Audi A7 or the Buick Regal Sportback.

Like its Veloster N brethren, the i30 Fastback N comes with a 2.0-liter, turbocharged inline-four good for 275 horsepower and 260 lb.-ft. of torque. Unlike the Veloster, however, the i30 can only be had with a six-speed manual transmission.

Is the Hyundai i30 N Fastback a more useful version of the Elantra N? Or is that hatch little more than wasted space?

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bobzilla MegaDork
12/22/20 1:34 p.m.

Why cant we have that? I'd sell someone elses soul for that.... and I don't mean the little boxy car from Hyundai's sister company. I'd sell my own but I'm a ginger.... 

MadScientistMatt UltimaDork
12/22/20 2:12 p.m.

I keep wondering why a lot of cars with that profile - the current Civics and Accords, for example - didn't just go with a full hatchback and instead had a little teeny tiny trunk opening. Chassis stiffness, or thinking Americans wouldn't buy it?

irish44j (Forum Supporter)
irish44j (Forum Supporter) MegaDork
12/22/20 7:04 p.m.

I'd rock it, especially with 6MT and if it has a real LSD up front. 

I still get marginally confused as to why Hyundai picked "i30" considering Infiniti had the same model name not too long ago, IIRC. 

dxman92 Dork
12/22/20 11:04 p.m.

Kinda looks like a Chrysler 200 from afar. 


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