Does The Hyundai i30N Have Adaptive Cruise Control/Radar Cruise?

Hello, i30N enthusiasts! Welcome back to another post on i30N Owner, where we delve into the nitty-gritty details of our favorite hot hatch. A question that I often come across, and one that you might have pondered upon as well, is: “Does the Hyundai i30N have adaptive cruise control?” Let’s unpack this today.

Cruise Control in the i30N: The Basics

First, let’s clarify what we have on board. The Hyundai i30N is equipped with a standard cruise control system. This feature allows drivers to maintain a steady speed without constant pressure on the accelerator, which is a blessing on long drives. As a regular user, I’ve found the cruise control to be intuitive and reliable, doing exactly what it’s supposed to do. It’s no more complex to use than any other standard cruise control system.

The Missing Link: Adaptive Cruise Control

Now, onto the heart of the matter – adaptive cruise control (ACC). Unlike standard cruise control, ACC can automatically adjust your vehicle’s speed to maintain a safe distance from the car in front. This feature is increasingly common in modern vehicles, often considered a staple in the realm of driver-assistance technology. You might also hear ACC referred to as ‘Radar Cruise Control’, ‘Radar Cruise’ or something like that.

Long story short the technology is a real benefit when it comes to cruising on the open road/motorway as you can just set a safe distance from the car in front (and an upper speed limit) and then not worry so much about having to adjust the brake/accelerator.

However, and this might come as a bit of a letdown for some, the Hyundai i30N does not come with adaptive cruise control. Yes, you read that right. Despite its many impressive features and its position as a high-performance hatchback, the i30N lacks this particular piece of useful safety/convenience technology.

The Frustration and Context

As an owner and a fan of the i30N, I must admit that the absence of adaptive cruise control is a bit frustrating. In fact, it’s one of the things I like least about my i30N.

Given its price point and the level of technology we see in other vehicles in the same bracket, one would expect such a feature to be a given. My old Suzuki Swift Sport (which retails here in NZ for less than 50% of the price of the i30N) had adaptive cruise control … there really is no good excuse for what is a higher-end car not to have it.

It’s especially noticeable in a car that ticks almost all the right boxes in terms of performance, comfort, and style.

However, in Hyundai’s defence I guess it’s important to contextualize this. The i30N is, at its core, a performance-oriented vehicle. Its focus is on providing a dynamic driving experience, something it does exceptionally well with its punchy turbocharged engine, sophisticated suspension, and sporty handling. Perhaps in the pursuit of this pure driving pleasure at a more modest price point, certain comforts like ACC take a back seat.

The Bottom Line – The i30N Does NOT Have Adaptive/Radar Cruise Control

To wrap it up, no, the Hyundai i30N does not have adaptive cruise control. While it boasts regular cruise control, the absence of ACC is a noticeable gap in its arsenal of features. As an owner, I’ve felt this pinch on long journeys where ACC would have added that extra layer of ease and safety.

But, let’s not forget, the i30N is a car built with a specific purpose – to deliver exhilarating performance and a thrilling driving experience. And in that arena, it excels brilliantly. As with any car, it’s about balancing priorities, and for the i30N, that balance tilts firmly towards performance.

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