Hyundai i30 N versus i30 SR on the track

Hyundai released a new video showing a track battle between the top of the range hot hatchback i30 N and the warm hatchback i30 SR, just to showcase how much quicker the i30 N can be thanks to the work of the N Performance team.

Both of the cars were tested at the Wakefield Park race circuit with Jordan Cox, Professional Test Driver / Up & Coming Production Car Race Driver – Cox Motorsport, behind the wheel.

As a reminder the i30 N is fitted with a turbocharged 2.0 liter engine, producing 202 kw / 275 hp and 353 Nm of torque. The car can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 6,1 seconds and can reach a top speed of 250 km/h (155 mph).

The i30 SR on the other hand is fitted with a turbocharged 1.6 liter engine, producing 150 kw / 200 hp and 265 Nm of torque. It can accelerate from 0-100 km/h in 7,2 seconds (estimate) but unfortunately Hyundai hasn’t released information on the car’s top speed.

6 thoughts on “Hyundai i30 N versus i30 SR on the track”

  1. ive had my sr now for 3 years in a way sorry i didnt wait for rthe n to arrive but ive got the twin clutch 7 speed for everyday driving, very relaxed but i miss the thrust of a manual! at my age this os probably my second last car? next one probably hybrid or ev?the price of fuel rip offs in australia is killing us! i did tend to do lots of klms but now consider mty trips before hand?

    1. Hello Stephen, the 7-speed on the i30 SR (also used on the KIA Ceed GT in Europe) is a decent automatic gearbox which is very convenient for daily use. I also love the feel of the manual however if I did lots of km like you, I would seriously consider a dual-clutch – especially if I had to go through a lot of traffic. I am sure that the next i30 N will have a dual-clutch option from the launch so that would be an interesting choice. About the gas prices, I understand your frustration but I would suggest to enjoy the internal combustion engines as much as we can because in a few years we won’t really have an option and we will have to go electric. Would you consider a spiced-up hybrid?

    2. I realise this is an old post, but I’ll reply anyway. Stephen you escaped a bullet by getting the auto and not the manual. The i30 SR manual has the slowest and most ponderous gear shift ever made. I purchased one, without having a test drive, and have been regretting it ever since. To be fair the car is very good apart from the excruciatingly bad gear change.

      1. Hello Roland, do you have a similar experience with the manual gear changes on other versions of the i30? Have you driven the i30 N manual?

        1. No Thanas, I have only driven my i30 SR. No dealers near me had manual demo models in stock. My dealer promised to arrange test drives in alternate i30 models, but it never happened. I have driven many other manual cars over the last fifty years, however.

          1. I understand. I haven’t driven the SR but I loved the manual on the i30 N so I wanted to se if you had a similar experience with that.


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