Special editions tend to offer more features but the 2021 Hyundai i30 Sedan N Line Special Edition offers fewer, and for less money.
Available only with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, it’s priced at $29,690 before on-road costs.
That puts it $3000 below an automatic N Line sedan and $1000 less than an N Line sedan equipped with the six-speed manual transmission.
There are no photos available yet of the special edition, which is at dealerships now.
For the lower price, you miss out on several features that are standard in the N Line.
The list of omissions includes automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers, dual-zone climate control, keyless entry and start, power boot lid, and power-folding exterior mirrors.
Blind-spot monitoring, safe exit warning and rear cross-traffic alert have also been removed.
The feature list essentially brings the N Line down to the base Active spec, but for its turbocharged powertrain, multi-link rear suspension, 18-inch alloy wheels and sportier appearance inside and out.
It means the i30 Sedan N Line includes fewer features than the corresponding N Line hatch, which features LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and rain-sensing wipers but costs more at $31,420 before on-roads with an auto.
You can view a full breakdown of the i30 Sedan model range in our pricing and specs article.
With Hyundai now limiting the turbocharged 1.6-litre engine in the Kona range to N Line and N Line Premium models, this special edition i30 Sedan is now the cheapest way to get a turbo four and an automatic transmission in a new Hyundai.
Hyundai’s decision to rebadge the redesigned Elantra as the i30 Sedan in Australia appears to be paying off, with the company able to combine the model’s sales figures with those of the existing, updated hatchback.
That puts the i30 range within striking distance of the segment-leading Toyota Corolla. To the end of May 2021, Hyundai sold 10,808 i30s against 11,644 Corollas.
The third best-selling model in the segment so far this year is the i30’s corporate cousin, the Kia Cerato, of which 8045 examples have been sold.