UK drive: Hyundai i30 N

The Hyundai i30 N is a newcomer to the hot hatch segment, hoping to kick established rivals such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R off their perch. AOL Cars takes it out on British roads to see how it stacks up.

What is it?

This is Hyundai's first attempt at a hot hatch. The South Korean manufacturer has built a reputation for building practical, reliable cars with excellent warranties. However, it wants a slice of the performance car sales pie, and has opened its wallet to do so.

With former BMW M Division boss Albert Biermann steering the project there were high hopes, and after its international launch the reviews were positive. Now it's time to see how it fares on UK roads.