its a good video, but unsurprising results. The Honda is just a machine and both it & the Golf R are so much more than the i30N its almost unfair....However, just wait until the next model comes out, big things are coming
Well I guess we know our N is not the strongest when it comes to reaching top speed. The results are as expected. The Honda doesn't belong in the same class as the i30, neither does the Golf R to me. Both are superior in their performance and both cost way more than the N.
The Golf R with it's AWD is superior at launching, has a DSG, 25 hp more at 2k rpm less and even peak torque lasts quite short in our N.
Soundwise though I think I know which one I'd choose over and over again
I've had onroad battles with both, and the handling of the N puts it surprisingly close to the Golf R through suburban streets with some roundabouts and 90 degree corners thrown into the mix (straightline different story of course). This is assuming that the Golf drivers have had similar balls/skill (or lack thereof) as I. But the Type R is in a league of its own, moreso in the real world than on paper - I got whipped even more than I was expecting (which was alot). I really can't believe it is even considered to be a competitor of the N, GTI, anything out of France, or even the Golf R.
A bit sick of comparisons between the Honda and the Hyundai (or anything else really) considering power outputs and price - beyond mismatched IMO. The Type R is a standalone vehicle which should revel in its loneliness.
Focus RS, Golf R, Honda Civic Type R, Seat Leon Cupra R. These 4 are similar enough to be compared.
The I30n should be compared to a Golf GTI Performance or the Clubsport, Megane RS 250 or 265, Peugeot 308 GTi,maybe even a Mazda 3 MPS. Makes a lot more sense to me.
It's nice that the i30N gets mentioned at the same time as the Golf R and Type R but the constant comparison of 3 cars that don't compare is annoying. IF there wasn't around £5-10K between them AND IF the i30N had the same power or AWD then it'd be acceptable.
1. Type R $62k drive away
2. Golf R $66k driveaway auto only
3. N Performance Luxury $48K drive away
14k or 18k cheaper recommended retail as per manufacturers websites
I know you can get discounts on all these cars, they are selling MY18 Type R's for $56k drive away, seems like quite a few, so appears only so many people can stomach that look. (coming from a complete Honda fanboy). Otherwise it is an awesome car, with a real gearbox.
Golf R, about the same price drive away $56k for a 2018 7.5 Golf R, BIG discount, my guess is the N took some of their usually guaranteed sales.
I paid $45k driveway for N Performance with Luxury Pack. $11k is a lot of dosh, these cars are in a totally different price bracket.
Golf GT1 7.5 ($51K retail) starts at $48K drive away, so this is much closer in price to N. Multiple tests have proven the N is faster than the GTI, and way more fun with the manual transmission (which is now NOT available in the GTI in Oz). (except in original with only 2 doors).
My budget determined which car I bought, but if I had $60k to spend, I am pretty sure Hyundai would still have got my money....