The Hyundai i20 N Line has finally arrived in India. It is priced at 9.84 lakh (ex-showroom, India) and is one of the most anticipated vehicles this year. A sportier suspension setup, as well as a sportier exhaust note, distinguish the Hyundai i20 N Line from the regular Hyundai i20.
It is the first Hyundai performance car in India from Hyundai’s N division. More models will follow in the future. Models in the N Line receive only cosmetic and mechanical upgrades. A fully-fledged N model in India still seems like a far-off dream.
As the i20 N Line is geared for enthusiasts, let’s examine what’s under the hood. In addition to the 1.0-litre turbo-petrol engine that runs the regular i20, Hyundai offers the i20 N Line with a 120hp, 172Nm turbodiesel engine. An iMT or a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is available with the engine. The paddle shifters provide additional driver engagement with the DCT gearbox. With the turbo-petrol engine, Hyundai has missed the chance to introduce a manual transmission in the i20 N Line.
In addition to the notable mechanical upgrades, there are a few features that make it unique. A new set of dual-tip exhaust pipes at the back gives the i20 N Line a sportier exhaust note. This suspension setup offers better handling and a more planted drive around corners. Moreover, Hyundai claims that its i20 N Line has a better on-centre steering feel. The standard i20 only has front disc brakes, so the rear disc brakes, a significant upgrade, offer better stopping power.
The i20 N Line really stands out with its styling, and it surely does get a lot of attention. A new front splitter and deep-set fog lamp housings add sporty touches to the front bumper. In the new grille, N Line’s logo is implemented along with a ‘chequered flag’-inspired design. Adding a touch of sportiness, the bumper’s red accents finish off the overall look.
The i20 N Line is distinguished by its innovative 16-inch alloy wheel design. Additionally, the front brake callipers are red, as are the side sill garnishes. There’s a new sportier bumper with a prominent diffuser and twin exhaust pipes at the rear, as well as a tailgate spoiler with side wings and a dark chrome garnish between the two taillights.
A total of five paint options are available for the i20 N Line – Thunder blue (a new and exclusive colour), Fiery red, Titan grey, and Polar white – and two dual-tone colours – Thunder blue with Phantom black roof and Fiery red with Phantom black roof.
There is little difference in the general design of the dashboard between the standard car and the N line. The interior of the vehicle is all black, but red accents and ambient lighting add flavour. Additionally, there will be a new chequered flag design for the leatherette seats, sporty metal pedals, a bespoke three-spoke steering wheel, and an N-branded leather gear knob.
All of the features from the top-end version of the regular i20 is carried over to the newly introduced N Line. As a result, it comes equipped with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, a 7-speaker Bose sound system, wireless phone charging, a single-pane sunroof, cruise control, automatic climate control, and several other things.
Besides this, the i20 N Line offers new voice recognition functions and an updated Bluelink app in addition to 16 free over-the-air map updates. The safety features include six airbags, a Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), an automatic headlamp, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Vehicle Stability Management (VSC), and Side Assistance Control (HAC).
Pricing and Rivals:
Hyundai’s i20 N Line is competitively priced. For about 50,000 more than the Asta(O) DCT, the N8 DCT gets you a sportier exterior, better interior, mechanical upgrades to the suspension, improved safety with rear disc brakes, and of course, twin exhaust tips.
Price Details of Hyundai i20 N Line (ex-showroom, Delhi)
|i20 N Line||Price||Standard i20||Price|
|N6 iMT||Rs 9.84 lakh||Sportz iMT||Rs 8.81 lakh|
|N8 iMT||Rs 10.87 lakh||Asta iMT||Rs 9.91 lakh|
|N8 DCT||Rs 11.75 lakh||Asta(O) DCT||Rs 11.25 lakh|
In this segment, there aren’t any real hot hatchbacks, but the Hyundai i20 N Line will compete with the other enthusiast favourite, the Volkswagen Polo GT TSI, which starts at Rs 9.99 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).