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Hyundai i30 Fastback N Line revealed

i30 Fastback gets the same sporty treatment previously applied to the hatchback, and a 1.0-litre turbo is added to both N Line ranges

Hyundai has revealed the i30 N Line Fastback: a sporty trim variant that sits between the regular i30 and the full-fat i30N hot hatch.

Read about the Hyundai i30 Fastback N

The N Line Fastback follows on from the N Line hatch - a car which we tried in September - and features similar styling, interior and chassis upgrades.

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From the front, the N Line gains a more aggressive-looking bumper which mimics that of the top spec N - though with a silver painted splitter highlight in place of the N’s red stripe. The grille features a new mesh insert, and the headlights have black bezels.

There’s a sportier bumper around the back, which includes a triangular central fog light housed within a rear diffuser. Above it sits a full-width red reflector line.

The N Line rides on 18-inch alloy wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tyres, which houses brakes discs with an increased diameter relative to regular i30 models.

Inside, both the front seats and the steering wheel feature a more sporty look, and there’s a set of metal pedals and an N-branded gear knob.

Power comes from a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol that can be found elsewhere in the i30 range. However, it benefits from a fruiter exhaust noise and revised mapping to improve throttle response. The 138bhp unit is enough to help the i30 N Line from 0-62mph in 9.2 seconds.

Along with the introduction of the N Line Fastback, Hyundai has added a second petrol option to both i30 N Line hatch and Fastback models. The 1.0-litre turbocharged three cylinder unit produces 118bhp, and gets 17-inch alloy wheels.

Fastback models are priced at £500 more than the equivalent hatchback, so expect the 1.4-litre N Line Fastback to start from £21,755.

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