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Prices have been released for the Hyundai i30 N Line – a car with the sporty styling of the i30 N hot hatch but not its potency.

N Line variants of the i30 will go on sale on 1st September, at prices starting from £21,255.

Styling enhancements applied directly from the i30 N include the front and rear bumpers. Bespoke silver detailing features, as do a twin exhaust, LED rear lamps and 18-inch alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot PS4 tyres.

Inside there are sports seats and a leather-faced steering wheel, again lifted from the i30 N, while the styling of the gear lever is bespoke to the N Line.

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Hyundai adds that the chassis of the N-Line has been enhanced over standard i30 models. Suspension, brakes and throttle response have all been retuned to offer a more sporty performance.

However while the i30 N uses a 2.0-litre petrol engine with up to 275hp available, the N Line trim is combined with the 1.4-litre T-GDi petrol engine of 140hp, matched to either a six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch auto transmission.

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According to Hyundai Motor UK CEO Tony Whitehorn, the i30N has had a tremendous reception but many customers ‘want the show but don’t need the go.’

“N Line will give customers that balance of looks and performance,” Whitehorn says.

The i30 N Line models include an extensive safety package, autonomous emergency braking, hill start assist, lane departure warning and lane keeping standard on all models.

All versions also get an eight-inch centre console touchscreen display which includes DAB and smartphone compatibility for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

N Line models will be offered in both standard and ‘+’ versions, with £2,000 between them. The standard cars include cloth sports seats with the driver’s side electrically adjustable,, and black headlining and chrome effect exterior door handles to help distinguish the car from other i30 models. Air conditioning, an automatically dimming rear-view mirror and privacy glass are also standard.

The + models add heated leather and suede front seats, both with electrical adjustment and the driver’s side having a memory function. The steering wheel is heated and dual-zone climate control included as are LED headlamps and automatic rain-sensing wipers.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.