We reviewed Hyundai’s i30N some while ago and loved it. It’s hot, and fast, and it is very handsome.

But, some don’t need to get to warp-10 3 seconds before they started the engine.

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They don’t need to go around corners like they’re on a crazy – mouse. What they want is a value-for-money car that can do the weekly shop safely.

They want to carry their family and friends in comfort so they look for practicality. Despite the infatuation buyers seem to have with SUVs, hatchbacks remain a popular choice.

Why is that?

First, the is a large rear door for getting your goodies in and out. Everything from dogs to doorhandles, from paint to parcels, wetsuits, buckets and other bits and bobs.

It shows you don’t need an SUV.

N Line is a new name for the mid-range SR model. Hyundai are using the halo effect created by the range topping i30N to give the rest of the i30s a touch of go-quick gravitas.

This manual N Line costs $26,490. Adding a 7 speed DCT dual clutch automatic costs a further 3 grand.

That $3,000 also includes safety features like blind spot monitoring, driver attention warning and lane keep assist. That uses the electric steering to keep you centred in the lane.

Its strange that the manual versions can’t get this as an option. Those features are available as a $1,750 option on the lower models, and come standard in the upper models. It’s an odd marketing choice.

For another $5,500, you can get an N Line Premium which comes only in a DCT.

Having said that, 90% of the cars sold in Australia are automatics of one kind or another.

What’s peculiar to N Line. Well, the old SR models got a bit of an N tweak.

There are a few cosmetic additions such as N Line exclusive front grille and bumper with a silver lower insert.

Also There are black bezel headlights and black exterior mirror caps, as well as