Why I Sold My Suzuki Swift Sport For A Hyundai i30N

The car I had before I purchased my i30N was a Suzuki Swift Sport; the current shape.

Mine was a manual (although I had driven the automatic as I had a couple of years prior test driven one as a potential purchase for my wife) in the smart silver colour. This is actually a photo of my exact car from my other website, Garage Dreams.

Overall, I really rated the Swift. It was extremely easy to drive (as far as manual cars go), performed well for a “warm” hatch, and was impeccably reliable and frugal … far more frugal on fuel than the i30N.

So, with that in mind, why did I trade my Swift Sport for a Hyundai i30N?

There are a few key reasons:

• Firstly, my wife can’t drive manual (not an uncommon thing these days). This extended to occasionally frustrating situations such as me having to jump off a Zoom meeting to back my car out of the driveway if hers was in the garage. It also meant on road trips and other journeys I would have to do all of the driving.
• Secondly, an expanding family meant the Swift just wasn’t big enough. Our primary family vehicle is a Subaru Legacy wagon which is superbly practical. However, on occasion I need to take the toddler in her bulky car seat, take the pram, transport other passengers such as friends/family members and the Swift just wasn’t good for that. I had purchased the Swift prior to us starting a family, and while it was fantastic as a pre-child vehicle it wasn’t so good afterwards.
• Thirdly, on occasion I have to transport clients e.g. if a client comes to town for a meeting/workshop I’ll often offer to pick them up from and drop them back off at the airport. The Swift is a bit ‘pokey’ in terms of interior accommodations whereas the i30N has a more luxurious seating arrangement by comparison … and as bad as it sounds it looks and feels more “professional”. I know some would disagree, and while you don’t need a proper luxury car it is important in many professional service lines of work to at least look semi-successful (which I think the i30N does a great job at achieving).

The other reason is that I’ve always wanted an i30N since the model first launched. I can remember in a crystal clear manner walking past the local Hyundai dealership when a salesman was starting up the just-landed i30N demonstrator. The sound alone had me hooked. This was back in 2019. Basically 5 years later I’ve finally got my “dream car” albeit in the fastback shape and with the DCT transmission.

However, at the time I just wasn’t in the financial position to buy an i30N (and by the time the phase two models rolled out here in NZ the price had increased by about $20000 thanks to inflation, Covid’s effects on the vehicle market and so on).

So when the opportunity arose to purchase a heavily-discounted ‘ex demonstrator’ and the numbers stacked up, I decided it was time to say ‘au revoir’ to my Swift.

The Swift Sport was a brilliant vehicle for the time I had it, and is a fantastic car (in fact I’d go so far as to say that if you don’t need the extra space and you don’t need the extra performance the Suzuki is the better ‘daily driver’ than the Hyundai considering purchasing and running costs) but it does feel like a real accomplishment to finally have in my possession a true “dream car”.

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