Latest News: High Wycombe, 14th January – Hyundai Motor UK has officially announced the pricing and specification of the i30 Fastback N, which will go on sale in the UK on 21 January. The i30 Fastback N is Hyundai’s second performance model for Europe, engineered by the Company’s dedicated High Performance Vehicle Division. It is the first five-door hot coupe in the C segment and combines the sophisticated and elegant design of the i30 Fastback with the exhilarating performance and fun-to-drive characteristics of the i30 N Hatchback. Priced at £29,995 on the road, the i30 Fastback N is available as a standalone model powered by the 2.0-litre T-GDi engine, which pushes 275PS & 353Nm torque through the electronically controlled limited slip differential. The chassis performance of the Fastback N has been enhanced, with refinements made to the suspension in terms of settings and material changes to further improve dynamic performance whilst also improving ride quality and comfort. As well as the distinctive body shape, the i30 Fastback N features a number of bespoke exterior features which differentiate it from the hatchback, including the N signature triangular lamp used as a fog lamp on the diffuser and a reflective character line on the rear bumper. Interior visual changes for the Fastback N include red stitching to the heated leather and suede seats and the heated leather steering wheel. Red stitching is also used to detail the gear lever, applied to the gear lever gaiter and gear lever itself, which also incorporates a red feature stripe and N logo. Interior detailing is completed with red surrounds to the driver and passenger side air vents. i30 Fastback N also offers an array of performance equipment, including 19” alloy wheels with Pirelli P-Zero tyres that share the “Hyundai N” specific compound with the i30 N Hatchback, Electronical Limited Slip Differential and 345mm ventilated front brake discs with 300mm rear, Electronically Controlled Suspension and manually operated hand brake. Performance orientated equipment continues with the i30 Fastback N’s Torque Vectoring System and steering wheel mounted N drive mode buttons, where the driver can access and customise engine and suspension settings. Carried over from its hatchback sibling, the i30 Fastback N is also equipped with the Active Variable Exhaust System, allowing the vehicle to reveal its playful character when in N or Custom drive mode. Other equipment, shared with the i30 N Hatchback, includes Launch Control, Rev Match Function which eliminates the need for heel and toe gear changes and Brake Control knock back pre-fill to maximise braking response after high g-load cornering. As found elsewhere within the i30 range, the i30 Fastback N features a high level of standard specification including LED head and tail lights, cruise control, keyless entry with engine start/stop button and a standard 8” Touchscreen Satellite Navigation system, that includes Android Auto™ and Apple Car Play™, and the addition of N specific functions such as drive mode display, suspension, engine and transmission set up, lap timer, acceleration timer and performance gauges including engine torque, turbo boost and g force display. The i30 Fastback N’s instrument cluster is shared with the i30 N, using a 4.2” LCD to display a number of drive mode and vehicle control settings, shift timing lights and a variable LED tachometer, with a maximum engine rev light which adjusts according to engine temperature. The cluster also features soft blue lighting and the Hyundai N logo. The i30 Fastback N is available in 6 colours, including the all new Shadow Grey colour, which is specific to the Fastback N. Other colour choices available include the N signature colour Performance Blue, as well as Polar White, Micron Grey, Phantom Black and Engine Red. Ashley Andrew, Managing Director Hyundai Motor UK said, “The i30 N Hatchback surprised many at its launch and has quickly gone on to become an established performer in the hot hatch sector. The i30 Fastback N will cater for those wanting hot hatch performance but with a more distinctive and elegant style.” All i30 N models come with Hyundai’s industry leading 5 Year Unlimited Mileage Warranty, 5 Year Annual Health Check, Roadside Assistance and 12 Year Anti Corrosion Warranty.
Finance Plans Explained at Motorvogue
From PCP to hire purchase, here's everything you need to know about financing your next car.
Car finance might seem daunting, but in reality it's just a simple two-stage process.
The first stage is to decide on the type of car deal you want: loan, lease, hire purchase, or dealer finance. Then it's a simple matter of choosing the provider whose product best suits your needs.
Personal Contract Hire (PCH)
The word 'Hire' tells you what PCH is all about. Basically you're renting a car for (typically) two or three years, with an agreed mileage limit of (typically) 10,000 miles a year. There's no option to buy the car at the end of the contract; you just hand the keys back to the finance provider. In effect, your payments are only covering the car's depreciation.
While you're running it, you're responsible for the car's upkeep. On the plus side, the deposit is low (three or six months' rental is common), as are the fixed monthly repayments, and you can blunt the impact of repair bills by incorporating a maintenance element into the agreement. Check that a separate manufacturer servicing package won't be cheaper before you tick that box, however.
Cars that hold their value well are a good PCH option, because the difference in their new and three-year-old values will be smaller, so you'll repay a lower amount. Cars that plummet in value from new are a bad choice, because you'll repay a much larger amount.
Just as with PCP, you'll need to make sure the car is in good condition when you hand it back, or you could face additional fees as the finance firm cleans it up.
Go for PCH if you say yes to one or more of these statements:
You don't want to own a car, or suffer its depreciation
You like being able to change cars frequently
You like the idea of driving better cars than you could normally afford
You don't mind looking after cars
Personal Contract Purchase (PCP)
It's a bit like HP in that there's a deposit to pay, a fixed interest rate, and monthly repayments over a choice of lending terms, which are usually between 12 and 36 months.
Where PCP differs from HP is at the end of the term. Then you'll have three choices. You can:
- Return the car to the supplier
- Keep the car
- Trade the car in against a replacement
The first option, returning the car, costs nothing, unless you've gone over an agreed mileage or failed to return it in good condition. In either case there'll be an excess to pay.
Keeping the car means making a final 'balloon' payment. This amount is the car's guaranteed future value, or GFV, which is set at the start of the agreement.
The GFV is based on various factors, including the length of the loan and the anticipated mileage as well as the car's projected retail value. If you exercise this final buying option, you can of course keep running the car, or you can sell it, pocketing any equity above the GFV that you've paid back to the lease company.
If you're trading the car in, any GFV equity can be used as a deposit towards the next one.
Just bear in mind that the GFV doesn't always contain a huge amount of equity at the end of the term - so when you're working out monthly costs, it's probably wise to factor in a few extra pounds per month that you can put away in preparation for the next deposit at the end of two or three years.
If the car has gone into negative equity – which can happen – you'll have to find all of that deposit if you want a further PCP. Shorter leases are more likely to come with more accurate GFVs and manufacturers are quite proactive in trying to get you out of a car early if they think there's scope to get you into a new one on a decent monthly rate; it's not uncommon dealers to call customers on three-year deals about a year early - because doing a new PCP keeps the buyer tied to that manufacturer for a further period of time.
Go for PCP if you say yes to one or more of these statements:
- You want lower monthly repayments
- You like the flexibility of options at the end of the agreement
- You can confidently and accurately nominate your mileage
Under HP agreements, there's a deposit to pay – typically 10% – followed by fixed monthly payments. The car is owned by the HP company until the final payment – and any 'option to purchase' ownership-transfer fee – has been paid. Up to that point, the person making the payments has no legal right to sell the vehicle.
Nevertheless, some 'owners' do sell 'their' cars before the final payment. The good news for buyers of these 'non-paid-up' HP cars is that the law clearly protects private purchasers who buy without notice of any undischarged HP agreement.
No matter what the police or anyone else might tell you, you'll get a good title to the car if you buy an HP car under these circumstances. The finance company can take action against the seller if they wish, but it's not your problem.
The credit on an HP agreement is secured against the car, so it's like dealer finance in that the only the car can be seized in the event of a default. If you need to sell the car before the end of the agreement, you'll have to repay the outstanding debt first – and 'early settlement' fees may apply.
Go for HP if you say yes to one or more of these statements:
- Eventual ownership is important to you
- Your budget and circumstances suit fixed monthly repayments
- Your disposable income is likely to decrease over the agreement term (eg if you're planning a family)
- You like low-risk credit secured against the car only
- You don't mind not owning the car until the debt is fully repaid
CONSUMER CREDIT & GENERAL INSURANCE
Motorvogue (Northampton)Ltd is an Appointed Representative of Automotive Compliance Ltd, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA No 497010). Automotive Compliance Ltd’s permissions as a Principal Firm allows Motorvogue (Northampton)Ltd to act as a credit broker, not as a lender, for the introduction to a limited number of finance providers and to act as an agent on behalf of the insurer for insurance distribution activities only.