Is The Hyundai i30N A Good First Car?

Long story short, no. The i30N is NOT a good first car.

There’s a simple reason … it’s too powerful.

I’ve been a young driver – I’ve grown up with other young drivers who’ve matured over time – and no matter how “good” you think you are at driving (and how much you convince yourself you won’t drive like a total clown, endangering yourself and others) you will do it when goaded into doing so in such an effortless manner in a vehicle such as the i30N.

The simple fact of the matter is the i30N is simply too much car for the average driver considering skills and, more importantly, ‘mental maturity’ (which is the bit that convinces you not to floor it away from the lights).

Then you need to add in the fact that even if you do manage to drive your excessively-powerful i30N in a mature manner, you’ll be paying through the nose for insurance owing to the combination of high vehicle value and power for your age (and consider in some places, such as certain Australian states, you can’t legally drive a car this powerful if you’re on a provisional or restricted licence).

If the i30N wasn’t powerful, it would actually be a great first car in the sense that it is very safe in terms of safety tech/equipment, fairly practical, good looking, and even without the power the handling aspect is excellent.

But ultimately the elephant in the room is crammed into the engine bay and is what makes the i30N wholly unsuitable as being a wise choice as a first car.

I remember being at high school and having a bit of extra cash on the hip owing to some side hustles I was involved in (building and selling websites, basically) and looking at all sorts of excessive cars for my age and driving skills, such as the Mitsubishi Evo, Toyota Supra etc. In the end I’m glad I never bought one, as I probably would have crashed it, and even if not I would have spent all my money on insurance, petrol and maintenance – purchase price aside – whereas I was able to pay towards my education instead (while driving a much more modest car) and that has been a far superior decision in the long run.

At the end of the day, if you’re a teenage driver at the moment you’re far better waiting 4-5 years to scoop up an i30N once you’ve done some maturing and developed your driving skills. You’ll spend less on the purchase price, you’ll spend less on insurance, and more importantly you’ll minimise the risk of hurting yourself or somebody else with a car that is just too much.

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