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2021 Hyundai i20 N Line review, test drive

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The i20’s 1.-litre direct injection turbo-petrol motor offers a pleasant sporty driving selection for those people who seek it and now with the N line, Hyundai wants to consider the exhilaration up a notch. The i20 N Line also alerts the beginning of Hyundai’s N effectiveness division in India and we will shortly see extra N Line products with the possibility of entire-blown N effectiveness autos coming in the upcoming.

So, what does ‘N’ represent? The N division, proven in 2019, is Hyundai’s effectiveness model akin to M by BMW and AMG by Mercedes. The enterprise says the letter ‘N’ stands for Namyang, the company’s headquarters in South Korea in which the motor vehicle is developed and for Nurburgring, the race track in which Hyundai develops and fine tunes these products.

Under the N umbrella Hyundai has entire-blown N autos, which have more substantial powertrains, entirely redone suspension systems and other race enhancements for virtually each and every location like the steering, gearbox, brakes and differential. The N Line – which is what we have – are products that generally arrive equipped with sporty styling enhancements, together with some light effectiveness upgrades to spots like the brakes and suspension.   

The i20 N Line has a markup of Rs fifty,000-1,00,000 above comparable variants of the i20 and shares the normal autos 120hp, 1.-litre turbo-petrol motor, as nicely as the 7-speed dual-clutch automated transmission (DCT) and the six-speed smart manual transmission (iMT). It is priced concerning Rs nine.84-11.seventy five lakh (ex-showroom).

What is the i20 N Line like to generate?

Let us get straight to the heart of the make a difference. Moreover the apparent go more quickly styling bits, the i20 N Line options three very important mechanical upgrades above the normal i20, and the superior information is that these do enhance its sportiness. The first amid these upgrades are its dampers, which are thirty p.c stiffer than the normal car’s and permit the N Line to tackle corners in a flatter, extra athletic fashion and cut down entire body roll. What is pleasant is that the stiffness does not consider out a ton from the consolation and the journey does not experience overtly stiff while working with poor roads and potholes. The car’s highway manners are much nicer as well, and it feels even extra absolutely sure-footed at superior speeds.


The 2nd transform is its steering experience, which is a ton heavier than the frequent motor vehicle. The on-centre experience is nicer and the vagueness from the i20’s steering has been removed. The extra pounds undoubtedly ups its engagement ranges by earning it a ton sharper to position, so infusing a larger degree of driver self-assurance.

The 3rd location of enhancement is the addition of rear disc brakes. Not that the frequent version’s brakes ended up missing, but acquiring discs at all 4 corners feels extra reassuring. On the full, all these enhancements made to the now capable chassis of the normal i20, have enhanced its driving dynamics earning the i20 N Line a real driver’s delight and one of the nicest driving hatchbacks around.

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So superior is the N Line’s driving prowess, that it eggs you to generate harder and consider to extract extra from the motor. The turbo-petrol motor is carried above from the frequent motor vehicle, unchanged, and while in normal guise it does the job quite nicely, in the N Line, it feels like it could have some extra electric power, owing to the capable N Line chassis. And in which this motor lets you down is in its delayed electric power shipping down below two,000rpm, which can get frustrating at minimal speeds, main to sluggish off-the-line responses.

The rest nevertheless is fine as the motor retains its healthy mid-range effectiveness and is rev-delighted. So it will simply spin earlier 6,000rpm. And when you generate with a hefty foot, the new twin-tipped muffler emits a raspy note, specifically on the outside the house.

Paired to this motor is the identical 7-speed dual-clutch transmission (DCT) and six-speed iMT (semi-automated manual transmission) from the frequent motor vehicle and we actually experience Hyundai missed the option to offer a good manual.

The DCT is easy in its procedure, and arrives across as a nicely-sorted gearbox in most situations. Straight-line effectiveness is potent and Hyundai statements a -100kph time of nine.ninety seconds, equivalent to the normal variation, as the N Line’s 10kg pounds acquire above the normal motor vehicle is negligible.

If you’ve experienced the erstwhile Volkswagen Polo GT’s dual-clutch automated transmission, you would experience that the Hyundai’s feels slower in comparison, especially while getting manual management via paddleshifters. There is a Activity method that holds gears a little bit extended than ‘D’, but on a winding uphill climb, you can get caught concerning its limited 2nd and tall 3rd gear ratio. For the reason that of its greatly-spaced (decrease) gear ratios, it typically loses steam and breaks momentum and in these kinds of situations its weak off-raise effectiveness is further more amplified.

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Shifting aim to the iMT, this six-speeder gets a good manual shifter minus a clutch pedal. This easy-slotting transmission is a hassle-free compromise for those people in search of independence from a clutch pedal in crawling traffic, while continue to wanting to row through gears manually. What is pleasant is that the motor feels extra responsive with the iMT and simply because of the far better-spaced gear ratios and the fact that you can keep onto gears, it is a ton extra fulfilling on winding hilly roads. For all its merits, nevertheless, the iMT isn’t a transmission that’ll allow for brief shifts, and simply because it lacks a clutch, it does not allow for for exhilarating off-the-line launches. But concerning the two, this is certainly a far better selection. Assume -100kph sprint instances in the location of 11 seconds for both equally, DCT and iMT, comparable to what we reached in our assessments with the frequent motor vehicle.

What are the other N Line unique changes?

As for the exterior, the i20 N Line gets enough enhancements. The front bumper gets insignificant tweaks which glimpse a little bit extra aggressive and its chin, concluded in purple, seems to be distinctive, as does the refined purple strip on the sideskirts. On the motor vehicle with the Fiery Purple paint shade, silver highlights switch the purple treatment method. Other changes involve a new all-black front grille which sports activities an attention-grabbing chequered flag-motivated design. Spicing up its side profile are black mirror housings, new diamond-slice sixteen-inch alloys and purple front brake calipers. The rear gets a new bumper, twin muffler guidelines, as nicely as a roof spoiler with side wings concluded in black. And just to make certain you do not miscalculation it for the normal i20, Hyundai has slapped ‘N Line’ badges on the front grille, side fenders and tailgate.

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On the within there are a couple minimal-hire plastics but the N Line tweaks do uplift the cabin. It options splashes of purple, irrespective of the entire body shade. The seats element a incredibly sporty purple piping and the ‘N Line’ branding, as does the new steering which feels wonderful to grip. Then there are some purple highlights on the air vents, door handles and gear lever. Talking of which, the iMT’s change lever is so superior, it will conveniently move muster in a much extra costly sportscar. Continuing the purple topic on the within are new purple ambient lights as well. On the full, the seats are comfortable and space, storage and practicality are aplenty,

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Is the N Line far better equipped than the frequent i20?

What actually grabs headlines is the foundation N6 iMT variant which is incredibly nicely equipped and priced competitively at nine.84 lakh ex-showroom. This variant conveniently justifies the Rs 1 lakh quality above the Sportz variant i20 turbo iMT. The N6 gets you a ton which include the entire body package, diamond-slice alloys, front and rear disc brakes, ESP and a sunroof. Curiously, even although this variant gets a smaller eight-inch touchscreen (in comparison to the ten-inch unit in the leading-spec N8 variant), this new-generation unit gets wi-fi Android Vehicle and Apple CarPlay while the leading-spec gets a wired connectivity.

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The leading-spec N8 variant is loaded to the gills with 6 airbags, Bose audio program, LED headlamps and a ton extra. It also gets new connectivity options via the Bluelink smartphone app getting the count to fifty eight. Amongst other features, it options voice command to run the sunroof and driver’s side window, as nicely as above-the-air map updates (sixteen updates in eight yrs). The N8 variant priced at Rs fifty,000 extra for the DCT and Rs ninety five,000 for the iMT than the Asta O variant of the frequent motor vehicle, isn’t as superior value as the N6 variant in terms of options, owing to fewer additions above comparable i20 variants.

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Need to you purchase one?

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Though the i20 is costly to get started with, the superior information is that the step-up for the N Line is only marginal and is an straightforward attempt to completely transform a frequent hatchback, into an remarkable sporty proposition. Guaranteed, a three-pedal manual gearbox set up would have extra a larger degree of driver engagement, and the engine’s effectiveness should have been increased to match its dynamic potential, which is one of the most effective around. But the tiny beauty and mechanical tweaks have upped this hatchback’s desirability and sportiness several notches. And with a racy persona complementing the i20’s strengths like a roomy interior and class-main options, what you get is a incredibly captivating package deal. One particular that can fulfill both equally driving enthusiasts and relatives hatchback shoppers alike.

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