The folks over at Spanish publication km77 have put the Hyundai i30 N – which South African hot hatch fans have been hoping will eventually come to local shores – through the dreaded Moose Test, with the Korean automaker’s hatchback earning a “good” rating.
In the video below, the i30 N – in this instance, in range-topping 202 kW Performance trim – is subjected to one of the toughest handling tests out there, designed to simulate an animal suddenly running in front of a moving vehicle.
As we’ve pointed out before, though, whereas the Swedes usually perform the evaluation at about 60 km/h, this test from the Spaniards is conducted at higher speeds.
The i30 N (here running on 19-inch alloys wrapped in Pirelli PZero rubber, in 235/35 form) was put through the test first at the standard 77 km/h. And, according to km77, it exhibited “very good” stability despite not completing a clean run through the cones.
In fact, the highest entry speed at which the driver completed the test successfully was a fairly low 74 km/h. Still, the publication said it was easy to retain control of the car, with no “sudden reactions or uncontrolled skids”. Interestingly, km77 suggested the stability control hardly applied braking force (the brake lights aren’t even activated), leading to “some understeer at the entrance of the first lane or at the exit of the second lane”.
Watch the clip below, which includes a slalom test, to see just how the Hyundai i30 N performed (take note that the commentary is in Spanish, but has the option of English subtitles)...