The Hyundai i30 Fastback N, I am sure was never really designed as a family car. So I was interested to see whether such a sporty car like this could be practical for carrying the kids around too so let's find out how it went with our usual week of BabyDrive testing…
The i30 Fastback N is incredibly fast, has a manual gearbox and is unbelievably noisy! A lot of people asked me “is that exhaust legal?!” To which I replied it shouldn't be! The mum in me HATED the ridiculously loud exhaust and after a week of it waking my daughter, neighbours and whole street at 5.30am every day when I snuck out of the house, it seems she and they now have a new body clock wake up time!!!
What I didn't realise until the morning I returned the i30 Fastback N, is you can turn down said crazy volume exhaust to a very family friendly and neighbourly acceptable tone within the screen settings!
I never expected the i30 Fastback N to hold more than two child seats and I was right, two child seats fit nicely in the back and surprisingly the legroom is very good. I found that with a rear-facing child seat installed, a 180cm driver could sit in front of it. There wasn't room for a passenger to sit between the two child seats though.
With the low-slung roofline there have of course been some bumped heads over our week of testing! It didn't feel too low when I rode in the back but it certainly was when swinging toddlers in and out of child seats!
The interior of the i30 Fastback N is very nicely done, seats with red stitch detail and red trims on the air vents and across the dash.
Storage is good throughout the i30 Fastback N, it is all compact and practical in size with well-fitting cup holders front and rear for re-usable and disposable coffee cups. The door bins cater well for large refillable water bottles too.
The boot is a good size in here too. From empty it will hold twelve shopping bags; that is two more than a regular i30 hatch, one more than the Kia Cerato GT and Honda Civic Hatch. All sizes of stroller fit with a good amount of shopping bags.
The media system in the i30 Fastback N is very good too, it is extremely easy to use and navigate and it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The Sat-Nav is really nice and easy to use and you can easily mute the announcements by pressing the button on the left of the screen.
You can select N mode in the media system and in this screen you can check your lap time, g-force, torque, power etc. Or not!!
It is through the N-Mode screen that on my last morning I found the exhaust sound screen and I probably didn't find it until then because to be honest N-Mode wasn't something I really explored during a week with my family on board! However, it is fantastic to know you can dull that exhaust sound dramatically which makes the car so much more family friendly.
The i30 Fastback N is a great car to drive and it is a lot of fun. However, the sportiness of the car and drive does translate to quite a hard ride for the little passengers and you can really feel those bumps in the road.
It also has a plethora of baby waking beeps, starting with the beep when you first get in if you twist the key (it's old-skool, there's no push-button start) before you have your seatbelt fastened!
The New Hyundai i30 Fastback N is yet to be given an ANCAP safety rating and has seven airbags as standard.