BMW 128 ti
Bavarian fans were disappointed as well as hopeful when Albert Biermann quit BMW M to work at Hyundai and Genesis. Although he was disappointed to be leaving BMW M, he was hopeful of finding new opportunities with Hyundai. Their hopes were fulfilled, however, with very interesting cars coming at quite affordable prices. The Hyundai i30 N is one such vehicle. We also get the Veloster N in the ‘States. It takes on BMW’s latest hot hatch entry, the BMW 128ti in this Top Gear test.
When I first saw the TG headline I audibly said, “Ohh, that should have been fun!” It is a fight between Biermann and his previous employer, which has two identical cars with similar prices. Which one do you think is the best?
Many of the employees in Hyundai’s N Division are former workers from BMW’s M Division. It would not be fair to say Hyundai’s performance arm is inspired by BMW’s. Just look at these names. It should not surprise you that the Hyundai i30N has excellent driving characteristics. The steering is superb and the chassis is very playful. It’s not surprising considering its creators. On the other side, the BMW 128ti is calmer and more refined. Although it’s very enjoyable to drive, there is a layer of cream between the playfulness and driver.
Both cars have similar specs and performance; they both use 2.0 liter turbocharged four-cylinder engines with front-wheel drive. However, the Hyundai makes 276 bhp and 286 lb-ft of torque, while the Bimmer makes 261 bhp and 295 lb-ft. The BMW only gets an eight-speed automatic, while the Hyundai has the choice of either a six-speed manual or eight-speed dual-clutch auto. The Hyundai is quicker, too, getting from 0-62 mph in 5.9 seconds versus the Bimmer’s 6.1.
Which car is the best to own and drive? This is an interesting and enjoyable comparison. It’s worth a look.
Source: Top Gear
Publited at Mon, 30 August 2021 16:59.05 +0000