2021 Hyundai i20 N Line review, test drive

The i20’s one.-litre immediate injection turbo-petrol motor offers a great sporty driving solution for individuals who find it and now with the N line, Hyundai desires to just take the enjoyment up a notch. The i20 N Line also indicators the commencing of Hyundai’s N functionality division in India and we will shortly see much more N Line designs with the likelihood of complete-blown N functionality cars coming in the upcoming.

So, what does ‘N’ represent? The N division, set up in 2019, is Hyundai’s functionality brand akin to M by BMW and AMG by Mercedes. The enterprise suggests the letter ‘N’ stands for Namyang, the company’s headquarters in South Korea the place the car is developed and for Nurburgring, the race track the place Hyundai develops and great tunes these designs.

Underneath the N umbrella Hyundai has complete-blown N cars, which have even bigger powertrains, thoroughly redone suspension units and other race enhancements for virtually every region like the steering, gearbox, brakes and differential. The N Line – which is what we have – are designs that mostly appear equipped with sporty styling enhancements, alongside with some gentle functionality upgrades to spots like the brakes and suspension.   

The i20 N Line has a markup of Rs 50,000-one,00,000 in excess of similar variants of the i20 and shares the common cars 120hp, one.-litre turbo-petrol engine, as nicely as the seven-pace twin-clutch automatic transmission (DCT) and the 6-pace intelligent guide transmission (iMT). It is priced between Rs 9.84-eleven.75 lakh (ex-showroom).

What is the i20 N Line like to generate?

Let us get straight to the coronary heart of the subject. Besides the clear go a lot quicker styling bits, the i20 N Line functions 3 essential mechanical upgrades in excess of the common i20, and the great news is that these do enrich its sportiness. The initial among these upgrades are its dampers, which are 30 per cent stiffer than the common car’s and allow the N Line to tackle corners in a flatter, much more athletic way and lessen physique roll. What’s great is that the stiffness does not just take out a ton from the convenience and the ride does not truly feel overtly rigid when dealing with negative roads and potholes. The car’s highway manners are considerably nicer too, and it feels even much more guaranteed-footed at significant speeds.


The 2nd modify is its steering truly feel, which is a ton heavier than the common car. The on-centre truly feel is nicer and the vagueness from the i20’s steering has been eradicated. The added bodyweight unquestionably ups its engagement concentrations by making it a ton sharper to place, so infusing a higher diploma of driver assurance.

The third region of improvement is the addition of rear disc brakes. Not that the common version’s brakes were missing, but obtaining discs at all four corners feels much more reassuring. On the total, all these enhancements made to the presently able chassis of the common i20, have enhanced its driving dynamics making the i20 N Line a genuine driver’s delight and one of the nicest driving hatchbacks all around.

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So great is the N Line’s driving prowess, that it eggs you to generate more challenging and test to extract much more from the motor. The turbo-petrol engine is carried in excess of from the common car, unchanged, and when in common guise it does the occupation really nicely, in the N Line, it feels like it could have some much more energy, due to the able N Line chassis. And the place this motor allows you down is in its delayed energy shipping beneath 2,000rpm, which can get frustrating at minimal speeds, leading to sluggish off-the-line responses.

The relaxation even so is great as the engine retains its healthy mid-selection functionality and is rev-content. So it will very easily spin previous six,000rpm. And when you generate with a large foot, the new twin-tipped muffler emits a raspy be aware, specifically on the outside the house.

Paired to this motor is the same seven-pace twin-clutch transmission (DCT) and 6-pace iMT (semi-automatic guide transmission) from the common car and we definitely truly feel Hyundai skipped the chance to offer you a proper guide.

The DCT is clean in its operation, and will come throughout as a nicely-sorted gearbox in most eventualities. Straight-line functionality is robust and Hyundai claims a -100kph time of 9.90 seconds, identical to the common variation, as the N Line’s 10kg bodyweight attain in excess of the common car is negligible.

If you have skilled the erstwhile Volkswagen Polo GT’s twin-clutch automatic transmission, you would truly feel that the Hyundai’s feels slower in comparison, specially when using guide control by means of paddleshifters. There’s a Activity manner that retains gears a bit more time than ‘D’, but on a winding uphill climb, you can get caught between its small 2nd and tall third gear ratio. Because of its widely-spaced (reduced) gear ratios, it usually loses steam and breaks momentum and in this sort of eventualities its weak off-increase functionality is even further amplified.

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Shifting concentrate to the iMT, this 6-speeder will get a proper guide shifter minus a clutch pedal. This clean-slotting transmission is a hassle-free compromise for individuals searching for flexibility from a clutch pedal in crawling visitors, when however seeking to row through gears manually. What’s great is that the engine feels much more responsive with the iMT and simply because of the superior-spaced gear ratios and the reality that you can keep on to gears, it is a ton much more satisfying on winding hilly roads. For all its deserves, even so, the iMT isn’t a transmission that’ll let fast shifts, and simply because it lacks a clutch, it doesn’t let for exhilarating off-the-line launches. But between the two, this is unquestionably a superior solution. Expect -100kph sprint situations in the area of eleven seconds for the two, DCT and iMT, equivalent to what we accomplished in our tests with the common car.

What are the other N Line particular adjustments?

As for the exterior, the i20 N Line will get enough enhancements. The entrance bumper will get minor tweaks which glance a bit much more intense and its chin, concluded in crimson, appears to be like exclusive, as does the refined crimson strip on the sideskirts. On the car with the Fiery Red paint shade, silver highlights replace the crimson remedy. Other adjustments consist of a new all-black entrance grille which sports activities an attention-grabbing chequered flag-encouraged design and style. Spicing up its facet profile are black mirror housings, new diamond-reduce sixteen-inch alloys and crimson entrance brake calipers. The rear will get a new bumper, twin muffler guidelines, as nicely as a roof spoiler with facet wings concluded in black. And just to make certain you don’t miscalculation it for the common i20, Hyundai has slapped ‘N Line’ badges on the entrance grille, facet fenders and tailgate.

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On the within there are a couple minimal-rent plastics but the N Line tweaks do uplift the cabin. It functions splashes of crimson, irrespective of the physique shade. The seats attribute a really sporty crimson piping and the ‘N Line’ branding, as does the new steering which feels excellent to grip. Then there are some crimson highlights on the air vents, doorway handles and gear lever. Talking of which, the iMT’s shift lever is so great, it will very easily pass muster in a considerably much more high-priced sportscar. Continuing the crimson topic on the within are new crimson ambient lights too. On the total, the seats are at ease and house, storage and practicality are aplenty,

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Is the N Line superior outfitted than the common i20?

What definitely grabs headlines is the foundation N6 iMT variant which is incredibly nicely outfitted and priced competitively at 9.84 lakh ex-showroom. This variant very easily justifies the Rs one lakh high quality in excess of the Sportz variant i20 turbo iMT. The N6 will get you a ton like the physique kit, diamond-reduce alloys, entrance and rear disc brakes, ESP and a sunroof. Apparently, even even though this variant will get a smaller sized eight-inch touchscreen (in contrast to the 10-inch unit in the leading-spec N8 variant), this new-era unit will get wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay when the leading-spec will get a wired connectivity.

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The leading-spec N8 variant is loaded to the gills with six airbags, Bose audio process, LED headlamps and a ton much more. It also will get new connectivity functions by means of the Bluelink smartphone application using the count to fifty eight. Between other capabilities, it functions voice command to run the sunroof and driver’s facet window, as nicely as in excess of-the-air map updates (sixteen updates in eight decades). The N8 variant priced at Rs 50,000 much more for the DCT and Rs 95,000 for the iMT than the Asta O variant of the common car, isn’t as great worth as the N6 variant in conditions of functions, due to much less additions in excess of similar i20 variants.

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Must you acquire one?

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Even though the i20 is high-priced to start off with, the great news is that the phase-up for the N Line is only marginal and is an sincere try to change a common hatchback, into an thrilling sporty proposition. Absolutely sure, a 3-pedal guide gearbox set up would have added a higher diploma of driver engagement, and the engine’s functionality ought to have been increased to match its dynamic potential, which is one of the greatest all around. But the little cosmetic and mechanical tweaks have upped this hatchback’s desirability and sportiness many notches. And with a racy persona complementing the i20’s strengths like a spacious interior and class-leading functions, what you get is a really appealing package deal. Just one that can fulfill the two driving enthusiasts and loved ones hatchback shoppers alike.

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